the strike is over; its outcome is less clear though. there is some mention that the mta has abandoned its (troublesome) requirement of reduced pensions for future workers. rami believes that a failure on the part of the union to secure this concession signifies the beginning of the end of the erosion of the pension system, with similar reductions being implemented for city employees in general, then at the state, and ultimately, at the federal levels. it seems that this has not happened. but, the union did agree to the mta's demand that the workers pay more for their health coverage. six of one, half a dozen of the other?