Fire them all.
Me, Scrooge? NO! The transit workers union is guilty of that, striking at the height of the Christmas season in the freezing cold. How dare they?
The transit worker makes a better living than cops or fireman.
Cogito ergo, sum............in their case I exist, therefore give me a raise. Uh Uh.
Many members of the union are not in favor of this strike at all, and feel fortunate to have landed such a cushy job. But the hard left union has their own agenda. Transit Workers Union president, Roger Toussaint, knows that the real battle occurs in the public eye. Alicia Colon believes New Yorkers have become so used to having their creature comforts safeguarded and indulged that principles and logic are easily ignored.
I have no love for the unions. My father had a small business growing up and I saw first hand the ILGWU put him out of business. When I joined The New York Daily News I had to pay UNION dues even though I didn't want to join the union. And while I loved my career at The News I was told repeatedly by union reps that I was "overproducing", making the labors of my less than motivated co-workers look inaedquate. *spit*
New York has not recovered from 9/11, no matter what anyone one tells you. Read my previous post here on the dismal state of New York's finances.
A big chunk of what has passed for private-sector job growth in New York has also occurred in industries that are nominally private but are actually supported by tax revenues and therefore don’t create wealth but at best merely redistribute it. These industries—health care and social services—have accounted for nearly half the city’s job growth in the past 12 months and now represent 18 percent of all “private”-sector jobs in the city. Moreover, concentrated in areas like nonprofit social-services agencies, home health-care services, and nursing homes, these are mostly low-wage jobs. The typical home health-care job in the city, for instance, pays about $25,000 a year. New York will never earn back its title as one of the country’s leading entrepreneurial centers when tax-supported low-wage jobs account for so much of its economic growth.
Anyone who has watched the long decline of New York’s economy—which today employs nearly 200,000 fewer people than 35 years ago—will understand what’s happening, because it has happened before, repeatedly. The city’s economic slide began in the mid-1960s, when city and state pols began sharply raising taxes to pay for an expanded social agenda—saddling New York with the heaviest tax burden among U.S. cities. Today, Gotham taxes residents and businesses at about 75 percent more than the average of the next ten largest American cities—and that startling percentage is growing.
UPDATE: Tuesday evening: TROW DAH BUMS OUT!