World Cup starts Thursday

6.11.14: Subway strike suspended

 

SAO PAULO (AP) — A paralyzing subway strike in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been suspended, though union officials warn that if their demands for higher pay aren’t met, they will call workers off the job again Thursday, when play in the World Cup starts. The actions are a severe threat for World Cup fans because the subways are being counted on as the main way for spectators to get to the stadiums.

 

Union members voted Monday night to temporarily suspend the strike they began last week, but also decided they would take a new vote Wednesday to determine whether to resume the work stoppage Thursday. Meanwhile, a union representing subway workers in Rio de Janeiro said members would vote this evening on whether to strike.

 

The first game of the World Cup gets underway Thursday afternoon with Brazil taking on Croacia.    The U.S. plays their first game Monday, 6/16/14 against Ghana.