"NEW YORK - Subways and buses ground to a halt Tuesday morning as transit workers walked off the job at the height of the holiday shopping and tourist season, threatening to plunge the city into chaos by forcing about 7 million daily riders to find new ways to get around. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the strike would cost the city as much as $400 million a day. "I think they all should get fired," said Eddie Goncalves, a doorman trying to get home after his overnight shift. He said he expected to spend an extra $30 per day in cab and train fares. Authorities began locking turnstiles and shuttering subway entrances shortly after the Transport Workers Union ordered the strike. At one subway booth, a handwritten sign read, "Strike in Effect. Station Closed. Happy Holidays!!!!" At Penn Station, an announcement over the loudspeaker told people to "please exit the subway system." Bloomberg has said the strike would be particularly harsh taking place during the holidays. He said a strike would freeze traffic into "gridlock that will tie the record for all gridlocks." http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&u=/ap/20051220/ap_on_re_us/nyc_transit_strike_6 Floods of people are walking across the Brooklyn bridge right now, including the greatest Mayor in the history of the city who spent the night on a cot at the office of emergency managment to monitor the situation. The MTA wants approx. 3% raises every year over 4 years and a small contribution from workers to their pension and health plans (co-pays), plus salary commensurate on productivity. The Union Wants 8% raises every year over 3 years and no personal contributions to health or pension, saying it sells out their future. The MTA is willing to go to arbitration. The TWU is not. Under the state's Taylor Law, the Union can be fined $1M per day while each participating worker can be fined $25K per day. Fines double each day. This is gonna be fun!