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Jesse Jackson Announces End to Mass Transit Strike in L.A.Aired October 17, 2000 - 9:59 a.m. ET
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BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: The other thing we were talking about through the past couple weeks in the transit strike in L.A.
Here's the mayor, Mayor Riordan, now talking with reporters in Los Angeles.
JESSE JACKSON: Let me congratulate the mayor of this great city for hanging in here night and day.
HEMMER: Want to let you know, there has been an agreement that has stalled and stalemated a number of people, countless thousands in the Los Angeles area for several weeks now, as the strike went on.
Reverend Jesse Jackson now at the podium, and we shall listen as we gather the very latest on this story. We don't know what is to be said, but we will listen in now.
JACKSON: ... in America today.
I want to express congratulations to the commissioner and supervisor Burt (ph), to Zell (ph), this entire body of leaders who stood together to make this happen.
I hope today that the MTA Board will ratify the agreement and that bus drivers tonight will ratify the agreement at 5:30 at the convention center today. In my experience with labor negotiations and resolving conflict, in this instance, everybody is a winner.
Workers are better off today than they were 32 days ago. Core jobs are secure. Part-time workers will be scheduled in an appropriate way that does not threaten core workers. Their pensions are in intact. Those who have been drivers for 23 years will get a one percent deal that's very attractive. And so, in many ways, the workers are stronger: A, they stood together.
Here's the change of America for common people to organize in the unions and to fight in collective bargaining, to do what they could not do individually, to do it collectively. These workers, who will see the fruit of their labors in this negotiations, that the leaders have led them into.
On the other hand, the customers, those seniors who must get to get their medicines, those who must go to school, those who must get the work, those who need workers to increase productivity. The public will win. The MTA will win. Your clients have to be fiscally responsible, as it projects, we went down to the overtime of the 7th game of World Series of Super Bowl, as we call it, and in sudden death we have just about given up after all night long. And then we were awakened this morning by some -- by some angel that blessed us out of somewhere with a fresh start and a fresh idea. And we shared it with the MTA leadership, board members, and they said this is rough and let's given it a chance, they never stopped giving options a chance.
Zev (ph) and Yvonne (ph) brought in a proposition. The workers did not like it or give them what they had worked on, but they gave it a chance. In the sudden death playoff, politics is a contact sport. There are blood stains and grass stains on everybody's uniform. Only those who don't play have clean uniforms.
HEMMER: Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking there in Los Angeles. That mass transit strike apparently has been -- has reached a conclusion anyway this after a month of walking the picket line. Los Angeles and many different quarters has been stalemated as a result of this strike. Again, lasting about 30 days. The city can now get back on the tracks and the wheels for mass transit throughout the area.
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