STRIKES by public employees make almost everyone unhappy except the strikers themselves—and sometimes even them. When sanitation men refuse to pick up garbage and teachers stay away from their classrooms, the resulting disruptions win little sympathy for their cause. As a result, workers who provide vital public services are turning increasingly to work slowdowns —strikes, of a sort, that do not carry quite the onus of a full-scale walkout. As Anthony D'Avanzo, general chairman of New York City Lodge 886 of the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen, put it last week, "We don't want to strike, because that would just make us...

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