Reading the Tea Leaves of a Transit Strike
December 17th, 2005

Ted Kheel, a veteran of dozens of high-profile New York labor battles including several involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, tells the Daily News that he doesn’t think there will be a system-wide transit strike.

“I think the union will be looking for some way to accept [the current proposal] because the prospect of a strike and the penalties are so severe,” said Kheel.

However, in the same paper, columnist Juan Gonzalez writes that the chances of a crippling transit strike “are now bigger than ever – and anyone who doesn’t think so is badly underestimating the union’s resolve.”

On the Wonkster message board a transit worker named Gary writes that behind the negotiations over wages, pensions, and retirement are more basic issues of respect.

“I think much of the emotion TA workers display at these contract times, stems from oppression from management that is so charged with abuse and harassment, which would never be tolerated in the private sector,” writes Gary. “So many factors come into play on the worker level, and yet we have to allow our local president, represent us as he feels is best.”

Still Gary thinks that if TWU President Roger Toussaint can bring home a raise – that will be the key to avoiding a strike.

“I’m new to this (9 years) but after the last contract, with a “0” in the first year, Roger needs to bring home at least double digits over 3 years,” he writes. “Straight 4’s would probably do the trick.”

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