Labor Unrest Surrounds Transit Systems in Brazil on the World Cup's Opening Day

Questions about workers' strikes in two transportation systems persisted right up until the launch of the World Cup, the world's most watched sporting event, today in Brazil.

Adriana Gomez Licon and Joshua Goodman report for the Associated Press that Brazil has averted a subway strike in Sao Paulo that could have thrown a major wrench in the World Cup, which begins today in Brazil. The subway workers voted to suspend the work stoppage after popular opinion had turned against them. The union's president left open the possibility of resuming the strike at a later point in the one-month competition.

The article also provides details of increased labor tensions in Rio de Janeiro, where check-in counter clerks, baggage handlers and janitorial staff at Galeao international airport as well as the Santos Dumont airport voted for a 24-hour work stoppage. 

Full Story: Brazil averts subway strike on eve of World Cup

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