Thursday, December 22, 2005

QOTD: Transit Strike Edition

As I was talking to Randy, Dina, and Tova last night:

"I'm thinking about getting the pink bowling ball from Hello Kitty. I can pretend that Roger Toussaint and the executive board of the TWU are bowling pins. That'll give them a new defintion of the word STRIKE!"

9 Shpeils

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Blogger Baal Teshuva Benny said...

I think its so sweet how everbody is so ready to jump down the throats of hard working men and women who merely stood up for their rights.
It would be so out of line to consider the fact that you have no idea how hard it is to do the job that they do. Furthermore, any body who has a job that forces them to work a graveyard shift for years and then demands that they retire before they become senior citiziens is a greedy pig.
I remember when my dad used to wake up at 11 pm to go to drive a train through the wee hours of the night I would say "FUCK YOU Dad, "why are you so fucking greedy?"

...Helen quite frankly you should be ashamed of yourself.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 11:17:00 PM  

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Blogger Baal Teshuva Benny said...

...(cont) As should any body who has the temerity to call ANY Transit worker greedy, because their day was inconvienienced. The fact that the city was crippled because of the strike should show how valuable Transit workers are.

Thursday, December 22, 2005 11:21:00 PM  

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Blogger nyc pink fashionista said...

First of all I would like to say that the MTA employees do not get enough gratitude and appreciation for the hard work they do. The New York transit system is the largest in the country. Millions of people are dependent are this system to get wherever they need to go.

The workers deserve a great deal of respect and sympathy. They work in very difficult conditions, to say the least. On top of that, they have been placed in a situation where they have to strike.

Yet, at the same time they went on strike due to the fact that their leaders told them to go on strike.
The leadership that they depend on to represent them literally screwed them over. Each of those workers will have six days worth of pay docked from their paycheck. That's practically a whole week. On average, each person owes $1200. For regular working folks, that’s a lot of money. Most of them will mostly likely not be able to pay that fine. Chances are the members will also be the ones bearing the brunt of the $1 million per day fine. In total, the union owes $3 million dollars.

I'm not angry with the workers, I'm angry with their leaders. I'm grateful that the strike is now over. Too bad, their leaders did not stay at the bargaining table, continuing negotiations, instead of telling their members to go on strike.

In essence, the decision to strike crippled the economy (with small business taking the largest hit), the city, people being able to make it to doctor's appointments, chemo treatments, blood banks were in a state of emergency. Above that, the leaders helped their workers lose six days worth of pay.

Overall, it just wasn't a matter of inconvenience. People livelihoods, health, and safety were effected.

Friday, December 23, 2005 5:50:00 PM  

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Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

I'm sorry Helen that I wasn't able to comment sooner, but Ben--wtf???

"...Helen quite frankly you should be ashamed of yourself."

Helen said nothing to be ashamed of.

Saturday, December 24, 2005 6:03:00 PM  

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Anonymous brown eyed girl said...

I have to say, even though I was not happy about having no train service and being pretty much stranded, I actually supported most of the reasons they were striking for. Most of them.

Saturday, December 24, 2005 10:33:00 PM  

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Blogger Mesiach said...

Well i seem to disagree and i do blame touissaint. He knew what would happen if the strike passed. I know of at least 4 NYC bus drivers who did not want this strike and you should read their blog and the comments left by some of the people. When the city is in an economic problem it might not be the best thing to strike on the highest spending time of the year. I agree they should get some of what they want. But they signed up for these jobs knowing that they will recieve lower pay for job security and a pension plan. Which most people do not recieve in NYC. So really i think the people who did suffer are the people who do not have job security and lost 3 days of work because of the transit strike. We need the public transportation to constantly work.

Sunday, December 25, 2005 10:53:00 AM  

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Blogger Baal Teshuva Benny said...

If we need them working, then the parties responsible should make sure they get the compensation neccessary.

jhkconfu

Sunday, December 25, 2005 8:32:00 PM  

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Blogger The Nucular Jew said...

I haven't commented here yet, and maybe no one will read it, but still, I have to, because I disagree with Ben a lot.

The TWU has no right to strike considering their current situation. They make more money than the average New Yorker, and have more benefits than most working families. Also, the fast that they are allowed to retire at 55 is disgusting and disgraceful, and should immediately be changed.

Even if I supported the fact that they need a better contract, that still shouldn't be striking. They should have taken a page out of the teacher's union. When they were up for a new contract, they didn't strike, but they picketted before and after school. They put the needs of the city and the children before themselves, which is the duty of a public worker. The TWU acted selfishly.

Toussaint is just a horrible leader looking for his own self-improvement.

The Taylor Law makes it illegal to strike for a very good reason: It's dangerous when public workers strike. Take 1980, the 11 day transit strike. What if it had been a fire or police strike? Using your position as a public worker to gain leverage in contract negotiations is horrible.

That's all I've got to say for now, have a happy kcrwt

Monday, December 26, 2005 12:17:00 AM  

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Blogger Baal Teshuva Benny said...

First of all, ktvqt you.
Nobody gave two ktvqts about the transit workers before the went on strike and now they have the attention of the entire city. And as for them being disgusting... You should really watch your language. What do you know about retirement age? You're twenty years old. Come back in twenty years maybe then you'll have the right to criticize any public worker whose worked at a job like that for years. Let me in on alittle secret they don't push papers around a desk for all that time so 55 is a quite reasonable time to be allowed to retire...
....Unbelievable. Just another selfish New Yorker pissed off because his day was inconvinenced.

Monday, December 26, 2005 1:28:00 AM  

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