Mr. Bloomberg, You Are No Ed Koch
December 22nd, 2005

In the Village Voice blog Power Plays, Wayne Barrett argues that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s insistence that there will be no new negotiations until transit workers go back on the job will only prolong the strike.

By contrast, in 1980 Mayor Ed Koch urged both sides to stay at the table. “Ironically, Mayor Bloomberg has consciously adopted the style and rhetoric of Brooklyn Bridge Koch in the current strike,” Barrett writes, “while rejecting the Koch talk-at-all-times position that ultimately resolved it.”

Also on the blog, Tom Robbins says that the rift between Bloomberg and the TWU has its history in the West Side Stadium. The TWU not only opposed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposal to sell land it owned for the stadium at a below-market price, it also was one of the few unions to back Freddy Ferrer.

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