Subway Strike

2005-12-22 21:45 - Rants

So, if you live in the US, especially on the east cost, you've surely heard that the MTA worker's union has gone on strike. The first time in twenty five years. The union is, of course, seeking better benefits and more pay. They seem to be demanding a 27% raise, and lowering retirement with pension from 55 to 50 for current workers. The average salary of workers in the union is currently around $50k.

This is just plain pathetic. You bunch of whiny losers, if you want more pay and better benefits, then help yourself and get a better job! Holding New York City hostage by striking is not a decent solution. I, for example, have come home early for Christmas, and am taking the train in from New Jersey. It takes me 2.5 hours, one way, to commute to/from work now. And why? So some unskilled bum can retire 5 years earlier, and get an extra $14k a year? That's insane.

Update: The strike is over! And the best part is this quote: "The breakthrough was announced just minutes before Toussaint and two of his top deputies were due in a Brooklyn courtroom to answer a criminal contempt charge for continuing the strike."


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