Pennsylvania Turnpike managers began collecting tolls early Thanksgiving Day as the first strike in the turnpike's 64-year history entered its second day.
The managers had anticipated a walkout by about 2,000 collectors, maintenance workers and office employees so they waived tolls all day Wednesday. The waiver was expected to cost an estimated $1.7 million to $2 million in lost revenue.
Just after midnight, nearly 400 managers began collecting $2 per car and $15 per commercial vehicle. Normally, the toll varies by distance, but the flat rate -- based on the average tolls -- was charged to prevent backups at the toll plazas.
The main cause of the strike was a management proposal to allow layoffs as the three-year pact expired, union spokesman Ken Zawacki said.
The striking employees have been working without a contract for 14 months. No further talks have been scheduled.