Talks hold slim hope in transit walkout.
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The strike by union workers at Lane Transit District A transit district or transit authority is a special-purpose district organized as either a corporation chartered by statute, or a government agency, created for the purpose of providing public transportation within a specific region. enters its third day today, with picketers preparing for the long haul Long distance. Long haul implies traversing a state or a country. Contrast with short haul. and neither the union nor management expressing hope for contract talks scheduled for Thursday.
Workers picketed at Ferry Street Ferry Street (Chinese: 渡船街) is a street between Ferry Point and Mong Kok Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong. The street was on the shore of old reclamation before the new West Kowloon reclamation in 1990s. Bridge in Eugene on Tuesday, adding that high-traffic spot to picket lines at the Lane Events Center, the River Road, Thurston, Springfield and downtown Eugene stations, and the headquarters in Glenwood, union members said.
Union and management have been at odds for 10 months over a new contract, with the rising cost of health care insurance a main sticking point sticking point
A point, issue, or situation that causes or is likely to cause an impasse.
Noun 1. sticking point - a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal .
"The first day, we were really getting our sea legs sea legs
The ability to adjust one's balance to the motion of a ship, especially in rough seas.
Informal , we were busy organizing," strike captain Carl Faddis said. On Tuesday, he said, "morale was high. There's just a whole lot of depending on each other."
But union negotiator Carol Allred said she holds little hope that management will offer an acceptable contract Thursday, given a comment by LTD LTD 1 Laron-type dwarfism 2 Leukotriene D 3 Long-term depression, see there 4. Long-term disability spokesman Andy Vobora that the union "will not be rewarded" for going on strike.
Vobora reaffirmed LTD's position Tuesday, saying the union had rejected management's best offer last week by choosing to strike. Negotiations Thursday must start from the less-generous contract LTD implemented in February, he said.
Eugene and Springfield police reported no problems Tuesday with picketers or traffic flow throughout the metropolitan area.
Meantime, a hearing in Lane County Circuit Court planned for today on whether the district wrongly reduced the daily bus inspection times to 10 minutes, from 15, has been put on hold during the strike.
"If the buses again start running and they are running with a reduced time for safety inspections, we will again schedule a hearing," said Gene Mechanic, a lawyer for two passengers who say the longer inspection times are needed for safety.
Also, Lane County's legal department will say by the end of the week whether petitioners can collect signatures for a ballot initiative that would put future LTD service cutbacks up to a vote of the public.
Two passengers frustrated frus·trate
tr.v. frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing, frus·trates
a. To prevent from accomplishing a purpose or fulfilling a desire; thwart: with cuts in routes filed the petition Friday. If the county approves the effort, petitioners would have one year to collect signatures; the deadline has passed to place the issue on the May ballot.