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December 23, 2005

NYC Transit Strike

So the Transit Workers Union strike in NYC is over, but what happened? I’m hearing some folks call it a victory and others a failure, but they haven’t released any details of the union-management deal, so no one can really say. Actually, it sounds as though the union and management are still negotiating and therefore there are no deals to report. But when a union is on strike, one of their only bargaining chips is coming back to work, and the TWU has given that one up (although I suppose they can always call up the “now we’re going back on strike” chip, it would just be harder to re-start the strike after ending it once). So I don’t know how this is gonna turn out.

Posted by Jake on December 23, 2005 11:02 am

3 Comments »

  1. National Nitwit has the latest on Bloomberg’s new plans for New York transportation.

    National Nitwit - guaranteed at least 50% truthful.

    Comment by Subcomandante Bob — December 23, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

  2. National Nitwit has the latest on Bloomberg’s new plans for New York transportation.

    National Nitwit - guaranteed at least 50% truthful.

    Comment by Subcomandante Bob — December 23, 2005 @ 12:00 pm

  3. so here’s my understanding, based on a conversation with the union staff member i trust most (like me, a multigenerational radical active in a number of areas but with a special place in her heart for labor):

    the Local 100 executive board wouldn’t have voted to go back to work unless there was already a deal they could live with in front of them. meaning, i’d assume, none of the pension givebacks, and a wage increase that at least keeps up with inflation/cost of living. the deal would certainly have included some face-saving measures for the MTA brass, which explains the delay in announcing the terms (scheduled for 6pm today – 12/27).

    this scenario is all the more plausible because the 5 e-board members who voted against going back to work were the same old guard remnants who voted against striking in the first place.

    the question, however, is whether the deal is good enough to satisfy the membership as well as the e-board. pretty much everyone i talked to on the Local 100 picket lines was critical of toussaint’s decision not to strike in 2002, and seemed pretty willing to vote down a contract that wasn’t close enough to what they actually want. there was a lot of vigorous debate on the lines about the direction of the local, but all of it seemed to be coming from a solid understanding of the need for militancy and the importance of striking. it was a syndicalist’s dream come true.

    so the real story, i’d guess, is what happens in the ratification vote… which’ll be soon.

    Comment by rozele — December 27, 2005 @ 11:59 am

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