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(submission) (politics) NY Transit Workers Strike: Court Issues Fine

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posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 03:44 PM
New York transit workers went on strike this morning threatening to throw the city into commuter chaos. A spokesman said that transit workers were tired of not being treated with respect. A court ruled that the strikers were breaking the law and the union will be fined one million dollars a day.
The city's subway and bus workers went on strike Tuesday for the first time in more than 25 years, stranding millions of commuters, holiday shoppers and tourists at the height of the Christmas rush. A judge promptly slapped a $1 million-a-day fine on the union.

State Justice Theodore Jones leveled the sanction against the Transport Workers Union for violating a state law that bars public employees from going on strike.

Attorneys for the city and state had asked Jones to hit the union with a "very potent fine" for defying the law.

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In the eighties, when air traffic controllers went on strike, Reagan fired them all after giving them a forty-eight hour warning to return to work. I'm not sure that Mayor Bloomberg will react as severely, but the union is not gaining very much sympathy among New Yorkers, by some reports, by taking this action. Some experts note that the transit workers contract is far better than what the average American can expect in these times and is really an anachronism. Many much more highly educated and more highly skilled workers don't have benefit packages that even approach what these workers receive.

Yet, we have to consider if this strike is about more than just pay and benefits and goes to the heart of unions in America and the decline in their overall power over the last several decades. Some would argue that rampant corruption in the unions has caused their decline, while others would argue that this is a plot designed by corporate America.

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[edit on 2005/12/20 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 06:01 PM
Corporate American has taking over the unions they are powerless when the law is more in favor of money making politicians that have links to corporations that the needs of the American workers.

Reagan started the down fall of the unions in America.

What is going on in NY perhaps will be the last attempt of unions to gain back power for the American worker.

This one is going to be a good one to keep an eye on.

Perhaps president Bush will declare their strike a national security issue and bring troops to take over the transit.

We can not lose money during this time of the year you know.

posted on Dec, 20 2005 @ 06:04 PM
I'm not sure if this story is allowed on ATSNN anymore under the new regime, so I'm not going to vote at all.

I already have a story here in current events:


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