Update: STRIKE BUST! NYC transit workers union leaders agree to a return to work while strike talks
continue [I wouldn't give them one plug nickel more, they are overpaid as it is. Cut back those pensions and raise retirement age.]
Mr. Toussaint, who earns a salary of $101,990,“Provided that the pension issue comes off the table, that would be a basis for us to go back to work,” Mr. Toussaint said at a late afternoon press conference yesterday. But the MTA chairman, Peter Kalikow, called that demand “outrageous,” and said the point is “rapidly approaching” where bargaining with the union would be “futile.”
Mayor Bloomberg appeared resolute in his position that the union’s 33,700 members return to work before negotiations continue, once again lashing out at the union’s leadership for calling the illegal strike that is now in its third day. Mr. Bloomberg, who described the traffic yesterday as “chaos on the streets,” said the strike was crippling businesses, especially retail stores. Mr. Bloomberg increased the force of his rhetoric, calling the strike “illegal” “selfish” and “unconscionable.” He was real good I tell ya. Natural Born Leader.
Of course you knew the other looters would come out of their caves. Looter Weingarten of the United Teachers Federation called discussion of the pension issue illegal,said any attempt by governments to address the rising cost of pensions should be discussed jointly between labor leaders and government leaders and away from the pressures of a negotiating table. Mind you, no one person did as much harm to the NYC public school system as Weingarten. She took a once great institution and made it a trough for the unmotivated, uninspired, and the tenured.
The Judge said jail time is a "distinct possibility for Touissaint". But I don't think Poussaint should be jailed, so he can do a Mahatma Gandhi? uh uh. I think the strikers should be ordered back to work and if they break the law they all get fired.
New York pays too much for everything, and the state is slowly dying. NEW YORK MEDICAID SPENDS MOST AMONG 10 MOST POPULOUS STATES
New York State’s Medicaid program pays for the biggest share of doctor and hospital bills among the nation’s most populous states, according to a report released yesterday. “This is just more evidence that New York’s Medicaid spending is too high. In a nutshell, New York State provides notably lavish benefits to an unusually high number of enrollees,” an employee of the Business Council of New York State, Matthew Maguire. — Associated Press. Read more here
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