The financially troubled Land of Oz received a heavy blow today when the Lollipop Guild in conjunction with the Lullaby League and the Yellow Brick Layers Union, officially went on strike. It had been the hopes of the Mayor of Munchkin land that negotiations would succeed, but sadly he made this announcement on the steps of the capitol earlier today,


“Then this is a day of sadness for all the munchkins
And their descendants.
Yes, let the terrible news be spread
The negotiations unfortunately are dead!”


Many have speculated that placing Munchkin Land’s Coroner as the head negotiator for the City has been a grave mistake. His inexperience dealing with the living believed to be the root of the problem. When asked for comment the Coroner stated,

“As Coroner I must aver,

I'm thoroughly in disfavor.

And not only are the talks dead,
They are really most sincerely dead.”


The trouble can be traced back to three weeks ago when high taxes forced the price of lollipops to soar. Unable to offer competitive rates, many in the town turned to lower quality hard candies imported from Emerald City. When asked for a representative to speak to the press, Emerald City told reporters “Not nobody, not nohow!”


Unable to support their families the Guild turned to Munchkin Land officials for a solution. It appears though that the talks have not been successful. The Lollipop Guild representative had this to say,


“We represent the Lollipop Guild
The Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild.
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild,
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land”


It is the hope of the fair people of Munchkin Land that this troubling period will be over soon and the cries of “Ding Dong, the Strike is at an end,” will ring out across the tiny rooftops.