12.16.2005

The Delights of the NYC Transit "Strike"

Miss Snark loves the subway system. She treasures her Metrocard and even has a special little Coach purse just to keep it safe from marauding subway thieves and hungry poodles.

Miss Snark is NOT happy with the MTA union today.
As you may have heard on the news, last night at midnight was the deadline for a strike. Well, that hour has come and gone. The subways ARE running...but for how long.

This is the part of the strike that truly disrupts the city cause you don't know when you go someplace if you'll be able to get home. Thus, you don't go, or more accurately, you dither about going. It's the dithering that REALLY affects productivity.

Of course the MTA union knows this; it's why they're doing it. And in case NYers didn't remember this little strategy from the last strike, the union is doing a "limited strike" on busses in Queens--you can get to work just fine but then the drivers go home. So, good luck getting home folks.

As inconveniences go, this is minor but nonetheless if someone kills off an MTA Union president in their next novel I'm going to be very very pleased.

19 comments:

The Gambino Crime Family said...

Sorry. Humph. Humph. Humph. I forgot this was America. We only celebrate the working class when they have the tact to be seen and not heard. Besides, do you think the MTA board deals any more fairly with its workers than it does with its riders?

kitty said...

It's the dithering that REALLY affects productivity.

and it makes you go blind.

Miss Snark said...

Three years ago the union was howling that the MTA was keeping two sets of books.Everyone wrote it off as usual union hyperbole. Of course, it turned out they were right, the MTA was keeping two sets of books and right after yapping about being broke "discovered" an extra gazillion dollars stashed in someone's spare ledger.

I'm not talking politics here, I'm talkina about walking home in Manolos! THAT is the thing to harumph about. I mean really now, you think I care about anything OTHER than myself?? Please.

Waylander said...

Hope you're not reviewing query letters today, Mistress

The Gambino Crime Family said...

True. Sorry. I used to work for the post office over here and considering how incompetent and useless we were, they still managed to underpay us. Now, excuse me, I have to go out and sell my Socialist Workers...

Maxwell said...

Unions these days are a boon only for arbitrators and the union cronies themselves. Almost all unions now have very staggered benefits for workers. The new folks coming in can never expect to achieve the health care and retirement benefits they are financing for the senior members. It's not even on the table.

When an organization impedes serving the customers, management, and the laborers themselves, what good is it?

Justin R. Buchbinder said...

I guess this is one of the benefits of living a 20 minute walking distance from one's office.

PS: Did you know a subway conductor makes 62K a year, only has to work 20 years, and has a 50% salary pension plan until they die?

WHAT!? What do they want now? Gold plated ticket hole punchers??

M. G. Tarquini said...

I mean really now, you think I care about anything OTHER than myself??

Despite the Stiletto Threat, I suspect you are a mensch in wolf's clothing.

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Christine said...

LOL. Regardless of the fact she rejected my ms, I think Nadia is the cat's pajamas :)

Christopher said...

The Twin Cities' nominal mass-transit system is a double-edged sword. While being forced to drive 95 percent of the time is terrible, at least I'm not held at the whim of the system to get from point A to point B. Mother Nature, however, is another story.

Good luck with the looming MTA strike. I hope NYC keeps moving, especially this close to Christmas...

Tribe said...

Maxwell...I knew that sooner or later someone would start in on the anti-labor "unions not good for America" spiel. Yours wasn't even original.

kathie said...

Unions, crime families? Not a bad cross-section.

npetrikov said...

One needn't dither. Following the 1980 strike, union leaders were held in criminal contempt and fined; the fines were upheld on appeal. I don't really think they're going risk *that* again.

npetrikov said...

(Did my past post go through? It seems not.)

In 1980, when the TWU last struck in defiance of an injunction under the Taylor Law (Civil Service Law s. 220), the union leaders were held in criminal contempted and fined--affirmed on appeal, with some very nasty remarks from the appeals bench.

So no need to dither. They're not going to risk that punishment again.

Richard said...

I miss Mike Quill, the old TWU president who called the strike on New Year's Eve 1966. That was a fun strike. I was in tenth grade and had to get to school from Mill Basin, Brooklyn, to the Upper West Side. It would take me four hours each way. I was young. New York was Fun City back then.

Mayor Lindsay took office at midnight that New Year's Eve. He got an injunction against the strike because of the Taylor Law. Quill, in his Irish brogue, said, "The judge should drop dead in his black his robes," and went to jail.

In the end, they raised the fare to twenty cents and the buses and subways started running again.

Look for the union label.

Remodeling Repartee said...

Justin,

The conductors are paid so well because they have a UNION. Duh. Would that we all did. What's wrong with a working person making a decent living, working for 20 years and retiring with a fat pension? CEO's do it all the time.

Sorry about the Manolos though. This is why the official shoe of the Remodeling Repartee blog is a steel-toed Doc Martin. (You can also use them to um, kick snow at scabs).

Bernita said...

~muttering~
"Where's my Teamster t-shirt?"

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Miss Snark, you wear Manolos out on the crappy pavement??? Wow, you're good. I'd wear sneakers to work and put those expensive puppies on, only inside, and on carpetting :-)