I just have to comment on this. The parking attendants union has gone out on strike in Pittsburgh. They want more money, and more flexibility in their work hours, and a guaranteed job. Yep –if an operator loses a location to another operator, they want their jobs guaranteed across the two companies.
The operators, including the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and the largest private operator, Alco, seem to think that they should be able to ask a cashier to answer phones in the office or maybe, dare I say it, sweep a floor. They think that they should be able to charge the folks 10% of the cost of their health insurance. Outrageous.
This is going to get political fast, since the Head of the PPA is the Mayor’s Brother and the Owner of Alco is looking for approval on some gaming operations. However, it will be fun to watch. In the mean time, the lots are full, the operators are running with management crews and training temps.
From what I know about running garages, that shouldn’t take too long. I wonder if the Union realized that running a cashier terminal isn’t the same as running, say, the control board at a Nuclear Power Plant.