Tarry for the Nonce

December 20, 2005

Hike the Metropolis

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:32 pm

It is apparently illegal for the MTA to go on strike.

Subways and buses across the nation’s largest city shut down Tuesday morning as transit workers walked off the job, stranding more than 7 million daily riders and sending state lawyers into court demanding stiff fines against the strikers.

The 33,000 members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 deserve a “very potent fine” for their 3 a.m. walkout, said James Henly of the state attorney general’s office, representing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Henly cited the “economic and social cost” of the strike. City officials estimate the walkout will remove $400 million a day from city coffers.

In an embarrassing blow to the presidential hopeful, even Hillary Clinton wasn’t able to talk them out of it!

In my (admittedly) uninformed opinion, I think the MTA should be permitted to strike if they choose and their employers should be permitted to fire the strikers if they choose. Why over-legislate things?

In the meantime, Toly Delm suggests that New Yorkers look into slug-lines.



  1. Are their demands unreasonable?

    The New York transit strike begun today is a blatantly illegal act of economic sabotage by a union so selfish that it is willing to destroy one of the most important business weeks in the city in a last-ditch attempt to preserve privileges that most private sector employees can only dream of like the ability to retire at age 55 with a full pension, or the ability to not contribute at all to health insurance costs.

    Wow. I could only hope for such things.

    Comment by laura — December 20, 2005 @ 3:40 pm

  2. What I think is ironic is that by striking, they may be invalidating their current contract and perhaps make matters worse.

    While I have no idea how skilled these positions are, I can’t imagine trying to live in New York on the 30 to 50K these jobs pay.

    Comment by Howard — December 20, 2005 @ 7:42 pm

  3. Hmm…calculates… yeah, assuming I stay in my profession, at the same company, I would think I should be eligible to retire at age 56 (25 years with the company) with a full pension (well, as full as one can get after they screwed us youngins out of retirement healthcare). I think our current pension is something like 5% of our salary put away per year until we retire, after a 5 year vestment, which is better than most these days. Helps my networth a bit, but still, not as good as the old pension + healthcare was (see link). I’d gladly trade money now for guaranteed healthcare coverage during retirement.

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 21, 2005 @ 4:52 am

  4. err, 35 years…my arithmetic skills at 4:52am don’t work all that well.

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 21, 2005 @ 5:50 am

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