Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Strikeblogging - An Outside Perspective
There are plenty of strikebloggers who are directly inconvenienced by the TWU's arrogance. The Man, for example, is a New Yorker who has to walk in the cold due to a lack of subway transportation.

I am a non-New Yorker who works in the city. Commuting from CT in the middle of a strike is a breeze, as I simply ride Metro-North to Grand Central Station and walk to work like I always do. No problem.

But let me tell you, it's funny as hell this week. Imagine nuclear winter. Humanity is forced to live in cages. Finally the air clears, and we emerge. We flinch at the sunlight, rubbing our eyes, stumbling around not quite sure where to go or what to do.

Now you have a decent approximation of what New Yorkers look like right now, forced out of their subway homes. It really is funny.

But on to the strike.

The TWU has squandered any goodwill or support that New Yorkers might have offered them. This is absurd. They want 8% raises every year, a 55 year-old retirement age with full pension, and free healthcare. The average TWU worker makes $55,000 a year. That means the average TWU worker is making more than me, and I've got to tell you two things: First, what I'm doing takes a lot more knowledge and training than what any of them do. It's arrogant, I know, but it's true. Second, I'd LOVE to have that kind of deal. And, since the average subway rider makes less than that as well, I'm pretty sure that they'd love it, too.

And when they throw the city into chaos, wasting hundreds of millions of dollars PER DAY, it's really hard to pity them. This will end badly—and I can tell you that no one I've talked to faults the MTA management in the least.

Oh, and MOST important. I need someone to explain something to me. The union wants the MTA to reduce the number of disciplinary actions. WHAT? Isn't that more in the union's control than the MTA? Are they supposed to turn their backs when these over-paid workers screw up??

Or am I missing something?

2 comments:

Humour and last laugh said...

interesting.

Newsandseduction said...

And you write well.