New York City Transit Workers Strike

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by poncho, Dec 20, 2005.

  1. poncho

    poncho
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    19,406
    Likes Received:
    123
    By DESMOND BUTLER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 20 minutes ago

    NEW YORK - Subways and buses ground to a halt Tuesday morning as transit workers walked off the job at the height of the holiday shopping and tourist season, threatening to plunge the city into chaos by forcing about 7 million daily riders to find new ways to get around.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the strike would cost the city as much as $400 million a day.

    "I think they all should get fired," said Eddie Goncalves, a doorman trying to get home after his overnight shift. He said he expected to spend an extra $30 per day in cab and train fares.

    Authorities began locking turnstiles and shuttering subway entrances shortly after the Transport Workers Union ordered the strike.

    SOURCE
     
  2. Joseph_Botwinick

    Joseph_Botwinick
    Expand Collapse
    <img src=/532.jpg>Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    17,527
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think the Union is going to lose this one. The salary increase was a reasonable offer. The pension thing was kind of mean spirited, but the workers are being villified by the public for which they work, and the strike is illegal. I predict a court will be busting this strike soon, and the cost of striking is going to be too high, and they are going to end up with less than they would have had they accepted the last offer. The MTA should back off trying to stick it to the little guy though by raising the age of their pension when they have a billion dollar surplus. They are being very mean spirited and greedy there. The union needs to back off when it comes to the raises. 9 1/2% over three years is very reasonable, and the union should have accepted that and spent their time and efforts negotiating to maintain the pensions. They, too, are being mean spirited and greedy there. Hopefully, cooler heads will begin prevailing and they will work this out for the good of everyone. Otherwise, there will be no winners at the end of this rainbow.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  3. Pastor Larry

    Pastor Larry
    Expand Collapse
    <b>Moderator</b>
    Moderator

    Joined:
    May 4, 2001
    Messages:
    21,763
    Likes Received:
    0
    These guys are in cohoots with the Muslim terrorists. They agreed to go on strike so that the subway tunnels can become secret passage ways so that the Islamo fascists can access all hte major buildings of the city by underground tunnels and no one can stop them. The worst part is that President Bush ordered this a year ago so that he could grab even more power and appear to the hero.

    You can document this at www.poncho'sbeststories.com
     
  4. StefanM

    StefanM
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2004
    Messages:
    6,337
    Likes Received:
    63
    Pastor Larry. . . . [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    That's great!
     
  5. just-want-peace

    just-want-peace
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2002
    Messages:
    5,475
    Likes Received:
    34
    I remember when one of the NY papers went on strike back in the 50's, Times I THINK!

    Anyway the strike lasted for about a year. I did some figuring with the numbers (Average wage before/after strike, and lost wages for duration of strike) of the settlement. I figured that, on the average, each employee would have to work for another 40 (+/-) years before the "raise" began adding income to their paycheck.

    No doubt many lost homes, cars & other "time" purchases, but by gum they got their raise! :rolleyes:

    'Course back then houses and cars were basically ALL anyone bought "on time".

    The groceries might be paid a week or month after purchase, but for all practical purposes, if you couldn't pay cash, you did without! Pretty good idea, I think!!!

    Addendum: If it is illegal (the strike, that is), then these yo-yo's should be fired. Reagan did that with the Air Traffic Controllers back in the 80's and except for a few bumps along the way, that situation was quickly and sufficiently resolved.

    Big trouble today is nobody in authority has the brass orbs to call for accountability from law breakers. ( might offend somebody :rolleyes: )
     
  6. poncho

    poncho
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    19,406
    Likes Received:
    123
    I think your theory has a slight flaw PL, if there is a "terrorist attack" on the New York transportaion system after all this expect the perpetrators to have been in contact and or protected by Al cia duh at some point in their career.

    Case in point, the "London Mastermind" Haroon Rashid Aswat. See the video.

    See the evidence.
     
  7. billwald

    billwald
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2000
    Messages:
    11,414
    Likes Received:
    0
    The problem in NYC is caused by taxi regulation. If jitneys were permitted unionized transportation would be less necessary and overall costs to the users would be lower.
     
  8. MatthewHenry

    MatthewHenry
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2005
    Messages:
    209
    Likes Received:
    0
  9. just-want-peace

    just-want-peace
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2002
    Messages:
    5,475
    Likes Received:
    34
    While I totally disagree with your union sentiments, you just blew ANY credibility you may have garnered with this:
    You'll fit right in with our resident "conspiracy theorists"!
     
  10. riverm

    riverm
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2005
    Messages:
    233
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hey MattewHenry, you really should watch posting hilarious stuff like that. I had just took a drink of Coke and scrolled down and read your statement and literally spit out my Coke on my keyboard in laughter.

    Now I have to take the keyboard apart and clean it…thanks a lot Pal!
     
  11. carpro

    carpro
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Messages:
    20,580
    Likes Received:
    256
    It's an illegal strike.

    The Reagan option should be exercised.

    Fire all of them.
     
  12. Joseph_Botwinick

    Joseph_Botwinick
    Expand Collapse
    <img src=/532.jpg>Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    17,527
    Likes Received:
    0
    As a union member, I am telling you that they have gone too far in this strike and they are gonna lose BIG TIME!

    Even their own international representatives did not endorse this strike.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  13. Ben W

    Ben W
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Messages:
    8,868
    Likes Received:
    0
    One time when it was being debated whether or not the bus drivers here were going to go on strike, what they decided to do was not to strike, but for a period of time not to collect ticket money so that patrons rode for free. That way that got to pressure the government and did not inconvenience the public.
     
  14. Terry_Herrington

    Terry_Herrington
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2002
    Messages:
    4,455
    Likes Received:
    1
    Yea, and then they can all become used car salesmen.
     
  15. Joseph_Botwinick

    Joseph_Botwinick
    Expand Collapse
    <img src=/532.jpg>Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2000
    Messages:
    17,527
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just heard on Fox News that the TWU has recommended that the transit workers end the illegal strike and go back to work tonight. This strike is all but dead, and the Union loses this one BIG TIME, just as predicted.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
  16. billwald

    billwald
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2000
    Messages:
    11,414
    Likes Received:
    0
    No contract, no obligation to work. We fought a war and freed the slaves.
     

Share This Page

Loading...