Definitions for "1980 New York City transit strike"
The 1980 New York City transit strike in New York City (often referred to as the Subway strike) was the first work stoppage at the New York City Transit Authority (a subsidiary of the New York MTA) since 1966. 34,000 members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 walked off of their jobs on April 1, 1980, in a strike with the goal of increasing the wage for contracted workers. All subway and bus lines in The Five Boroughs were brought to a complete standstill for 11 days, during which the city lost an approximated $2 million a day in taxes and another $1 million a day in overtime expenses for city employees. Companies in the private sector lost approximately $100 million per day, and job absenteeism was estimated to be between 15 and 20 percent.