The sign at one subway booth in New York City reads: "Strike in Effect. Station Closed. Happy Holidays."
It's anything but a happy day for (m) millions of commuters who will have to find another way to get around because subways and buses aren't rolling. Transit workers walked off the job early this morning following days of acrimonious labor talks.
Union president Roger Toussaint (too-SAHNT') says the workers "are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected."
But Mayor Michael Michael Bloomberg says it's a "cowardly" attempt by the union to bring the city to its knees. He's putting an emergency plan into effect to reduce gridlock. State lawyers are going to court seeking to block the job action.