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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Progressive New Yorkers Cheer on their Union Comrades

Oh, wait... not quite. Even Katie Couric decried the "suffering" that the NYC Transit Strike is causing.

NYC Transit Strike Enters Day Two
POSTED: 7:18 am EST December 14, 2005
UPDATED: 10:16 am EST December 21, 2005

NEW YORK -- The New York City transit strike entered its second day Wednesday as lawyers for the city and state looked to the courts to inflict more punishment against union leaders, and commuters piled into cabs and walked the streets in the blistering cold.

New Yorkers were out before sunrise on Day Two of the strike, hoping to avoid the long lines and crushing crowds that formed at commuter rail stations during rush hour Tuesday. Outside Penn Station, a line of taxis were ready to pick up passengers around 7 a.m.

"A nightmare, disorganized, especially going home," Aleksandra Radakovic said Wednesday morning in describing her commute.

No worries... the Socialist Workers Online is there to take up the cause!
New York City transit workers need your support
Their fight is our fight
By Jen Roesch and Alan Maass | December 21, 2005

TRANSIT WORKERS in New York City are on an all-out strike for the first time in 25 years against the combined wrath of the city’s economic, political and media establishment.

It’s a battle that has already reverberated across the U.S. as the 33,000 men and women who keep New York’s trains and buses rolling draw a line in the sand for all workers against the relentless attacks of employers on wages, benefits and working conditions.
What you can do
-- Collect donations for the TWU Local 100 Strike Fund. Checks can be sent to: TWU Local 100 Strike Fund, 80 West End Ave., New York, NY 10023.
-- Organize a delegation to visit a picket line near you. See for picket locations.
-- Pass resolutions in your union in support of the transit workers and opposing the use of the Taylor Law.
-- Send e-mails in support of the transit workers to Mayor Bloomberg, Gov. Pataki and the MTA.
-- The New York Daily News is attacking the transit workers. Call (212-210-2100) or e-mail ( the Daily News to let them know that you stand behind the strikers and oppose their anti-union campaign.

Following marathon negotiations, leaders of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 announced in the early morning hours of Tuesday that the union had rejected the city’s “final” offer and was on strike effective immediately. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a state agency that runs the city’s bus and subway system, immediately went to court, and a judge imposed fines of $1 million a day against the TWU.

A transit strike is illegal under New York’s Taylor Law, which prohibits walkouts by public-sector workers. Under the law, individual transit workers could be fined the equivalent of two days’ pay for every day on strike.

The intent of these mammoth penalties—a throwback to the judicial union-busting of the 19th century—is obvious: to stop workers from standing up for their rights and defending their union. The MTA wants to make an example out of transit workers—and if they get away with it, employers everywhere will be emboldened to demand even more concessions.

Waiting for Oliver Willis to jump in with a reference to 19th century union-busting

Wizbang has more on the New York

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ARC: St Wendeler