Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
November 20th, 2017
Someone should write a soap opera about the inner workings of the NFL. It would be one of the most-watched melodramas in television history. With all the drama that has surrounded the league since pansy-man Roger Goodell too over the helm as commissioner, there’s plenty of material for scripts.
While not directly related to the NFL, trouble is brewing in chilly Minneapolis. Transit workers are furious, and the timing of their plan to cripple their city couldn’t have been better, at least in the eyes of effectiveness.
According to ESPN, unionized workers for Metro Transit in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul voted by a massive margin to authorize a strike during Super Bowl week in February, potentially crippling travel around the city.
“The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 represents about 2,500 bus drivers, light trail operators and other Metro Transit workers. Members voted Sunday and Monday to reject the Metropolitan Council’s last contract offer by a 93 percent margin,” ESPN reported.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the union also voted to authorize the strike during Super Bowl week if a contract isn’t reached by January.
That means that during one of the coldest months in one of the coldest cities in America, Super Bowl merrymakers could be huffing it to U.S. Bank Stadium or around the Twin Cities without any kind of public transportation to get them to their destination.
If you think walking around Minneapolis in the dead of winter is a spring walk in the park, you’re in for a rude awakening.
Odds are most Americans aren’t prepared to be strolling in temperatures that have the potential to reach 34 degrees below Fahrenheit, just before a Superbowl.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005 President Mark Lawson said this is really about safety and not about money.
A lot of this has to do with working conditions,” Lawson told the Pioneer Press. “We have drivers that are routinely assaulted on the job.”
“We have time to get this hammered out,” he added. “That’s what we’re hopeful for.”
After the three-year contract was rejected, Metropolitan Council spokeswoman Kate Brickman also said she hoped the whole thing would get resolved.
“We value the work of ATU members and their contribution to our region,” Brickman told the Pioneer Press in an email. “We are currently negotiating in good faith through a mediator and are confident we’ll reach an agreement satisfactory to both parties.”
Now, granted, this is one blow to the NFL and its partners that hasn’t been self-inflicted (looking at you, national anthem controversy).
However, with ratings down and “No Fans Left” becoming less of a hyperbolic joke and more of a reality, the last thing that the league needs is its remaining supporters walking around Minneapolis all Super Bowl week suffering from frostbite.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Roger Goodell.
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