Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Balloon Fiesta Strike Would Hurt Bus Union.(Editorial Page)

Editorials

The leasing of bus-and-driver units to a private company makes for an interesting legal question of whether a strike against the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Park-and-Ride would be an illegal strike by city drivers. The interests of drivers, city officials and, most important, balloon fiesta fans will best be served if cooler heads prevail, however.

Interesting legal question or not, the first priority must be to make certain that the park-and-ride buses run.

Albuquerque bus drivers have been without a contract for more than three years. The old contract plus city ordinance prohibit strikes as an element of public employee bargaining. …

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