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"Millions Are Left to Make It to Work Any Way They Can - NYT"

00-18 ward of the state
18-55 ward of the Transport Workers Union
55-75 ward of the state

TWU - because people deserve 20 years of taxpayer funded retirement, and 8 million people should walk in the cold before Christmas to get to work.

Closed shop unions should be illegal under anti-trust laws, ESPECIALLY closed shops for state funded jobs.

Who has the balls to fire these assholes?


At 12:18 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Don't you think if the union was illegal it may cost even more to negotiate contracts individually?

I was talking to someone a few days ago who used to negotiate trucking contracts in New Jersey and his opinion was that unions were very helpful for his business as long as they were connected to the mafia: as businessmen themselves, they understood how to negotiate.

At 12:23 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

It looks like the transit authority isn't disputing retirement at 55; they think the work up until then is worth it, apparently.

How'd you get to work today, Andrew (did you?)

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

"The union must understand there are real and significant consequences to their action," he said. "For their own selfish reasons, the T.W.U. has decided that their demands are more important than the law, the city, and the people they serve. This is not only an affront to the concept of public service, it is a cowardly attempt by Roger Toussaint and the T.W.U. to bring the city to its knees to create leverage for its own bargaining positions."

Alright, I know Mayor Bloomberg can afford to work for the city for free, but I think it's a little offensive that he expects everyone else to do so out of "public service" flakiness. Aren't collective "selfish reasons" what make America great?

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

I never knew that those "Service Trains" I'm always thinking of jumping on to see where they go are sometimes filled with money... very interesting.

Good article, Ivan.

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Ivan said...

I don't want to make unions illegal. I want to make a union that has total control over labor in an area illegal.

Just making things voluntary would remove the "total".

Here is the basis for the retirement age talk: "The authority dropped its demand to raise the retirement age for a full pension to 62 for new employees, up from 55 for current employees. But the authority proposed that all future transit workers pay 6 percent of their wages toward their pensions for their first 10 years of employment, up from the 2 percent that current workers pay."

Even if the MTA isn't demanding it, it is farking ridiculous that the retirement age is 20 years below life expectancy.

"Aren't collective "selfish reasons" what make America great?"

Indeed. He complains as if he can do nothing. I don't know... maybe he can't act like Reagan. The MTA should be allowed to fire anyone who doesn't come to work.

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

Losing an employee usually costs an employer 150%-200% of that person's yearly wage; cost/benefit analysis probably doesn't support firing the striking workers.

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Miguel said...

PS, they don't have total control, it's just more expensive to hire and train new people than to pay them what they want.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

I stayed at home today (and will stay home every day of the strike). I'm probably not the average worker, but I login and have access to VOIP video chat + conferencing + full access to the work network. Considering my monitors at home are each 2" larger than my ones at work, I'd say I'm _more_ productive at home.

At 1:31 PM, Blogger joŇ°ko said...

Meanwhile my life sucked very much because of this strike.


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