What do the NY types think about ...


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What do the NY types think about ...

Postby MJD » Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:14 pm

...the transit situation?
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Re: What do the NY types think about ...

Postby Noo Yawkah » Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:56 pm

MJD wrote:...the transit situation?

There's been a lot of posturing and bad faith on both sides. The authorities (MTA, Governor, and Mayor) have shown arrogance and disrespect in a number of ways throughout the process. But the Union has to understand that it cannot stand alone in resisting pension erosion, especially when they are no longer underpaid, compared to comparable wage earners in the private sector.

There have been many collateral victims of the strike. These include not only people who had to endure serious inconvenience in getting to work, but also business owners whose businesses suffered significantly, and their workers, who could ill afford their loss of income but who were not themselves on strike.

Everyone hopes that this thing can be settled without further service disruption.
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Postby dukehjsteve » Thu Dec 22, 2005 5:09 pm

If I have interpreted what I have read correctly, the Union workers are getting a full free ride on their Health Benefits, including for their dependents. From their standpoint, once this wall of zero dollars is broken then it will go downhill from there. The other side of that is that they are currently in a manna from Heaven situation with full free Health Benefits for themselves and their dpendents.
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Postby MJR » Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:34 pm

As much as the TWU is wrong to strike and screw the lives of literally millions of people, the MTA is a morally bankrupt organization with absolutely no legitimate oversight. They have been cooking the books for years and claiming poverty in an effort to get fare increases. When it was found out, they still refused to acknowledge that they committed crimes and return the money they got illegally. Right now, they have a humongous surplus and are still trying to get concessions from a union that they have made work without a contract (= no raises for anyone) for more than 3 years.

Skinning these bastards alive and make them roll around on tacks before roasting them in oil is a fitting punishment.
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