Attacking Toussaint And His Union
December 21st, 2005
The editorials in the New York metropolitan newspapers were unanimous in their condemnation of the transit strike, blaming the Transport Workers Union — and frequently attacking the union head Roger Toussaint in bluntly personal terms.
An editorial in Newsday called the strike ” an outrageously irresponsible action and a terrible miscalculation.” In an editorial entitled An Unnecessary Transit Strike, the New York Times says: “Negotiations did not have to end when they did. There was no impasse. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the state entity that runs the system, had compromised on several major points at the negotiating table.” The Times goes on to say: “Mr. Toussaint should not have the ability to hold the city hostage.”
Less polite is the editorial in the New York Post, which says Toussaint “stabbed millions of New Yorkers in the back yesterday — and then he ran and hid for most of the day.That makes him a thug. And a coward.” The editorial in the Daily News was even more venomous, at least in its headline: Throw Roger From The Train
This lack of respect, argues Bruce Schaller in Gotham Gazette’s transportation topic page, seems to be “the driving motivating factor” for the strike in the first place.By Jonathan Mandell on December 21, 2005, 8:28 am
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