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By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / November 14, 1980

Thousands of Los Angeles municipal employees -- including traffic controllers , mechanics, janitors, trash collectors, and security guards -- struck the city despite a court order prohibiting the walkout. The full scope of the strike could not be determined immediately, but the three unions involved represent about 10,000 blue-collar workers, and early reports indicated most were staying home.

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