LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 15: A sheriff’s labor dispute has left the Men’s Central Jail short-handed October 15, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. More than 250 sheriff’s deputies participated in a sickout today and more than 20 percent of the labor force at the Men’s Central Jail called in sick last night. Meanwhile, about 2,000 Amalgamated Transit Union members employed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are on strike, halting service for about 500,000 bus and train riders across Los Angeles County. Teamsters members announced this afternoon that they will honor picket lines set up by striking employees of three major supermarket chains in southern California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)