Bloomberg: "Illegal and Morally Reprehensible" Transit Strike
December 20th, 2005

“Tonight, Roger Toussaint and the TWU have taken the illegal and morally reprehensible action of ordering a citywide strike of our mass transit system,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.

“The contingency plan that we outlined last week will go into effect and be implemented for Tuesday morning’s rush hour. Among other measures, HOV lanes have been designated; Police checkpoints are being established and a new fare structure for taxis is in effect. The entire contingency plan can be viewed on

“At this hour, City Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo is joining the MTA in requesting an emergency hearing in front of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones. We will seek to show that the TWU is in contempt of the court’s earlier injunction and ask the court to impose severe fines on the union and its members.

“I hope Judge Jones will grant this motion as quickly as possible. The union must understand there are real and significant consequences to their actions.

“For their own selfish reasons, the TWU has decided that their demands are more important than the law, the city and the people they serve. This is not only an affront to the concept of public service; it is a cowardly attempt by Roger Toussaint and the TWU to bring the city to its knees to create leverage for their own bargaining position. We cannot give the TWU the satisfaction of causing the havoc they desperately seek to create.

“Going forward, we will need to be patient, considerate and resilient. We can’t let inconveniences, as massive as they are, stop our economy, shut down our schools, or jeopardize public safety.

“It will no doubt be a difficult time for people of this city and the region as a whole. But New Yorkers have made a habit of pulling through tough times and showing doubters what we’re made of. These traits will be put to the test as long as this strike lasts.

“Rush hour will begin in few hours. I will join fellow New Yorkers going to work by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to lower Manhattan. Let’s show our determination by walking, cycling or carpooling, to get to work and school.

“We will show that New York City works even when our buses and subways don’t. I have no doubt that, by working together, we can and will get through this.

By on December 20, 2005, 4:28 am
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4 Responses to “Bloomberg: "Illegal and Morally Reprehensible" Transit Strike”

  1. ZF Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 9:31 am

    New Yorkers, most of whom never met a piece of government intervention they didn’t like, soooooo deserve this strike! The chance to watch this is a Christmas present for the rest of us.

    Enjoy paying the ransom for the next 30 years, after your politicians cave in yet again to the unions.

  2. Jerry Monaco Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 5:27 pm

    There some New Yorkers, like myself, who use the subway and now have to walk to work and are inconvenienced who fully support the TWU and wish that all of the unions would go out. Our bosses have taken away our health care and our pensions and enough is enough. I only wish I had a union as strong as the TWU to represent me. The TWU has more respect for the law than our bosses and leaders have respect for people who work in this country.

    This strike was set-up by Pataki and has been pushed by him for the last two years, ever since he decided to run for President. He wants this strike and my only fear is that the TWU and the New York labor movement will not hurt Pataki enough.

  3. Hank Freeman Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 9:28 am

    Whether the TWU workers are treated fairly on the job or properly compensated is a difficult and subjective question. Surely we need answers to those questions.

    But this is a country built on the rule of law, and what is indisputable is that, in willfully breaking the Taylor Laws designed to protect our citizens, the striking workers and their leaders are now criminals, and must be dealt with as such. They have put lives in danger, and their crimes cost the city millions. Are we to tolerate this just because they vote democrat?

    The silver lining is our politicians, seeing the near-universal disgust for the TWU tactics, may finally muster the courage break the stranglehold so many of these unions have over our city. Randi, hopefully you’ll share a cell with Roger!

  4. AngryBrownButch » Blog Archive » Holy schneikies, there’s a transit strike! Says:
    April 17th, 2006 at 2:30 pm

    […] I woke up this morning to my girlfriend’s clock radio, from which we dcoculd hear talk of the strikes. Part of what we heard before she hit snooze: Mayor Bloomberg calling the strike “morally reprehensible.” […]

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