Media Response to MTA and County Strikes

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Unions who bargain for contracts with the Metropolitan Transportation Agency and LA County coordinated efforts to stir up the public and demonstrate the political clout of organized labor in Los Angeles. But the MTA drivers are still on the picket lines, and County employees went back to work after just one day of a full-scale walkout. Today, we'll survey news organizations around the county to assess the impact of both labor actions. We'll ask, what's happening to labor's over-all strategy.
  • Newsmaker: On the 27th day of the drivers' strike, the MTA says it's made it's "last, best offer" to get buses and trains back running. If the union doesn't accept the offer today, negotiators are threatening to mail it straight to the membership, then hire replacement drivers. How does that sound on the picket lines?
  • Reporter's Notebook: Today's edition of the Spanish-language paper La Opinion says that the MTA strike has cost the city of Huntington Park big money. One city councilwoman wants to take the matter to court. We talked with Rosario Marin, former Mayor, now city council member of Huntington Park.



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton