BREAKING NEWS: Boathouse Strike Ends; Peace to Be Restored to Bethesda Fountain?
The bitter, boisterous 44-day strike at Central Park's Boathouse Restaurant has ended, with the two sides announcing earlier this morning that they'd reached a tentative four-year union deal.
Dean Poll, the facility's owner, along with the union and Bob Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, made the announcement earlier this morning. Poll apparently had threatened to shut the Boathouse down if the union continued to insist upon what he considered extravagant demands. As you might expect, terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. Doubtless Mr. Poll had seen the writing on the wall once the National Labor Relations Board's attorneys had threatened him that they'd file a legal complaint charging the Boathouse with illegally threatening and questioning its own employees, along with otherwise punishing some 15 workers for backing the union.
That's all well and good, but it brings a larger question to light, dearests: will this news benefit the future of we who make the fans happy in the immediate vicinity of Bethesda Fountain proper? Clearly, I'm gonna have more to say about this; so will, I suspect, John Boyd and his family, along with dear Meta the Harpist and her dulcimer-playing husband, Arles. Do bear with us, loyal fans, as we attempt to deal with the ramifications of this news in our own separate ways.