That's a lot of employees for a telescope array. I wonder what they all do?!
Nice timing in the strike though. Without those pictures most people wouldn't even know about ALMA. I heard a person yesterday, no shit, talking about the 'New Hubble' from South America that took pictures of star babies and that they were neat and told her friend to Google ALMA.
She obviously didn't know much (any?) about the project, but she knew it existed and even how to direct someone else to find the pictures (of star babies). That says a lot about the marketable potential ALMA has, and why it's good timing on the union's part.
*I neither endorse nor oppose unions. I was only commenting on the shrewdness of the ALMA workers for their timing of the strike.