NYC is staring down the barrell of a Transit Workers strike. If the Union and the MTA can't come to an agreement by midnight tonight, the subways and buses that move 7 million New Yorkers around each day will grind to a halt. An illegal halt, I might add.<br><br>There was a transit strike in 1980, and the City managed. But that strike didn't happen a couple of weeks before Xmas, nor was NYC's economy still recovering from an event like 9/11.<br><br>Personally, I won't be directly impacted (I prefer to walk as often as possible), but there will be inconveniences. For instance, I went to Queens today to pick up my wife's sewing machine. I caught the subway 50' from my door, then a bus from a particular station in queens and got off the bus in front of the sewing machine repair shop. About 25 min. each way, literally door to door. Can't do that in too many cities. Public schools will start 2 hours late, but dismiss at the usual time. Car pool rules will be in force big-time. Limos will be allowed to do curbside pick-ups, like cabs, and cab-sharing is being encouraged.<br><br>The real impact will be felt by emergency personnel, businesses and the city's bottom line (this could cost NYC up to $350 million/day!).<br><br>Oh well, back to the countdown... <br><br>
Bottom line.<br>(this could cost NYC up to $350 million/day!)<br><br>Now how much does it cost the city to give the pay raises??<br>Seems like simple math to me.<br><br>If anything it gives them time to fix the trains and clean the stations.<br><br>
If only it were that simple, carp. The trains don't need to be fixed, and the stations are ó I hate to 'splode old myths ó already spotless, and many are undergoing major renovations and improvements. This is about contracts and benefits. and a union president with a very militaristic approach to negotiation.<br><br>
This is about contracts and benefits<br><br>Still it comes down to money.<br><br>Here they just raise the rates for the riders.<br>The riders then can Bitch to the A-Hole thats driving them around the island. Kinda full circle don't ya think.<br><br>
So how many strikes aren't about money? A couple of months ago, the MTA proposed a rate hike. The public barely raised an eyebrow (rates have been where they are for a long time, and most people realize it's inevitable). But the Transit Workers Union raised a stink! Go figure. <br><br>Don't raise fares, but we want more money and better bennies.<br><br>Now tell me who needs to do the math!<br><br>
Why I said.<br><br>Let them raise the fare and let the transit people field to the riders the reason why they need more bennies.<br><br>Brings new meaning to;<br>Now that you got more bennie and pay raise do I get to where I am going faster? <br><br>
The strike's effects reach as far as the suburbs, too- people at my job who would normally take the train or drive by themselves are now forced to travel 4 to a vehicle, or they won't be let in or out of the city...<br><br>[color:red]Kiss my minions!</font color=red><br>
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