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New York transit strike: `Cowardly,’ mayor says

Why would millionaire owners and managers call working class people cowardly? Isn’t it the duty of individuals to work and sometimes strike for an honest wage? Isn’t it our duty to make sure that upper management greed doesn’t destroy companies?

There are those that call union organization socialist and communist. Call it what you want. I’m for any organization that fights for it’s employees rights. If management can’t seem to understand that paying it’s top executive peers hundreds of millions of dollars each year isn’t greedy while the lowest paid workers can’t afford to pay their rent each month, then we’ve got a long way to go.

I don’t have a problem with people making millions. I have a problem with millionaires PREVENTING hard workers from earning a decent wage while they get millions in stock options. Once management starts making wise decisions towards protecting the company instead finding ways to pad their own pockets, then we are on the road to recovery.

I’m sure that Pataki and Bloomberg will fire all of the workers and hire less qualified workers instead of paying a wage that the workers can live on.

December 20, 2005, 6:22 AM EST

Quotes from a union representative, elected officials and commuters on New York’s first mass transit strike in more than 25 years:
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“With a $1 billion surplus, this contract between the (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 should have been a no-brainer. Sadly, that has not been the case.” _ Union president Roger Toussaint.
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“Make no mistake, these are bullying tactics. We will not accept them.” _ MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow.
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“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.” _ Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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“They have broken the trust of the people of New York. They have not only endangered our city and state’s economy, but they are also recklessly endangering the health and safety of each and every New Yorker.” _ Gov. George Pataki.
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“I read their wages in the newspaper. They make like triple what I make. It’s a monopoly. There’s no alternative, and they know it.” _ Brooklyn commuter Stefano Kibarski, a coffee shop worker.
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“I’m disappointed that it’s happening, but I try to put myself in their shoes. The only way you can get what you want is to take a stand.” _ Rockland County commuter Matthew Higgs, who says he’ll have to spend $50 a day on taxis during a subway strike.


Posted by SPN on 12/20 at 07:57 AM in Personal

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