Saturday, October 31, 2009

Government Union Extortion in Philly

Great moments in public employee union extortion.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A midnight strike deadline loomed as Philadelphia's transit agency negotiated late Friday with its largest union in an attempt to avert a threatened strike that could disrupt bus and subway services during the World Series.

The two sides discussed wages, pensions and health care until 11 p.m. Thursday. Union members have threatened to walk out if a new contract is not reached as early as 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

Allison Cooper, the union's vice president, said both sides were still talking with less than a half hour to go until the deadline. But Cooper said she was still telling the union's members to expect a strike.

"It's getting closer to the time," she said.