Transit Contract Agreement
December 28th, 2005

The new transit contract approved by the executive board of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 last night “seems to underscore the utter inanity of the strike,” argues an editorial in The New York Post, the only one of the city-wide English-language NYC dailies to weigh in on the new agreement today. “Workers will get about the same, give or take, as they were offered before they walked out — including a raise of about 11 percent over three years. Indeed, it’s conceivable that they could have done better had union boss Roger Toussaint & Co. remained at the table — instead of pitching a fit and shutting down New York for three days during the most economically sensitive week of the year.”

Reality-Based Educator does not like the agreement: “…if I were a TWU member who had gone out on strike for three days and lost six days pay plus taxes, I would not be happyI would be storming TWU headquarters and demanding Roger Toussaint’s resignation.”

Alexander Benjamins Hamilton of the group blog Left Behinds writes: “The MTA dropped its pension demands (which were what made the talks fall apart) and the union accepted a small portion of the cost of health insurance. The union stays intact, the trains keep running. Have we all stopped caring about this already?

“I hope not. I hope it matters to the city in the long run that its most radical union kicked its most corrupt public agency in the teeth. I hope we end up with transparency at the MTA and a revision of the Taylor Law to prevent public agencies from dragging their feet”

Before the agreement was announced, Wayne Barrett in the Village Voice took Mayor Michael Bloomberg to task for the way he changed his conduct and tone during the strike, including his calling the union leadership “thuggish.”

“We don’t need a mayor to be mad for us,” Barrett wrote. “We can do that ourselves. We need a mayor to be practical, conciliatory, and competent, averting disasters rather than exacerbating them. That’s who Mike Bloomberg was and hopefully will be again. There is no rationale for treating striking public employees as if they are terrorists and refusing to negotiate with them, as Bloomberg and Pataki opined, contrary to what both were actually doing and what every mayor and governor before them actually did.”

For details on the tentative agreement, see Gotham Gazette’s transportation links in the news.

By on December 28, 2005, 7:49 am
In category: Public Finance,Transportation | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “Transit Contract Agreement”

  1. Tom Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 9:47 am

    Is Larry Littlefield out of town?

  2. Adam Piontek Says:
    December 29th, 2005 at 9:59 am

    ha!

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