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42,000 Los Angeles County Workers Launch General StrikeAired October 11, 2000 - 1:25 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Beaches and sewers, libraries and jails are all in a bind today in Los Angeles County now that 42,000 county employees have gone on strike. It's a further blow to the county's 10 million residents, many of whom have had their lives disrupted for 26 days now by a transit strike.
Last night, the transportation authority made what it calls its "last, best and final offer" to striking drivers and train operators. Negotiations in the county dispute are scheduled to resume this afternoon.
And CNN's Jim Hill joins us now with a look at the slice of life out there these days -- Jim.
JIM HILL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right, Natalie. The transit strike you talk about affects 450,000 commuters, many of them the so- called working poor. Well, add to that now a strike by 42,000 county service employees. And just about everybody -- all 10 million people in Los Angeles County -- could be affected in one way or another.
Take a look behind me right here. This is one example, one department. This is Public Works on strike now. These are the people who fix the roads, the streets, traffic signals and so forth.
Add to that, though, marriage licenses. People have to go out of the county now to either Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura counties for a marriage license. Real estate actions can go to a virtual crawl at this point because the recorders office is not recording any new property transactions.
There are 80,000, reportedly 80,000 registrations for new voters that are sitting unattended right now, yesterday the last day to register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Also, the county welfare department, serving thousands of the county's poorest residents, all of those people reportedly on strike this morning.
So the backlog will start building very quickly as services go unserved, essentially, for potentially all of the residents of Los Angeles County.
The one exception to that is the county hospital, where emergency and crucial medical workers such as nurses and lab technicians are under court order to appear at work because that is a public safety issue. Other than that, just about all county departments are on strike.
I'm Jill Hill, CNN, reporting live from Los Angeles.
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