Queens: Can't Win for Losing
December 19th, 2005
How are people in Queens feeling about the transit strike now that it’s come first to their doorstep? Picked on, dissed and coming in last — even when they come in first. And that goes for some of the union members, too.
“[R]iders pointed out the cruel irony of the news yesterday that they had finally been put first: they would be the first mass transit users in the city to feel the effects of a transit strike this year,” writes Corey Kilgannon.
While waiting for a bus in Jamaica yesterday, before workers at the private line went on strike, one rider asked, “Why is it always these lines that get the worst treatment?” A union leader who agreed with the strike nonetheless felt about the same way. “It’s like using the rowboat to tow the battleship,” he said of the tactical practicality of having Queens workers strike first.By Hilary Russ on December 19, 2005, 11:42 am
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