December 25, 2012
Rooftop Christmas tree strike in downtown Knoxville ends
Striking rooftop Christmas trees reached a tentative deal with the City of Knoxville on Monday night, settling a two week-long labor clash that has idled many of the downtown neighborhood's lighted evergreen conifers. The strike has resulted in a 35 percent reduction in Christmas cheer, including a sharp decline in good tidings to you and your kin and the bringing of figgy pudding. Federal mediators called to join negotiations at Mayor Madeline Rogero's request showed up just as the settlement was being reached. "Really it was just a matter of getting some control on the outsourcing situation," labor activist Minister's Treehouse of Crossville said. "We want to ensure that these jobs are here today, tomorrow and well into the future, and that they aren't given to some artificial trees who will work for less."
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