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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Transit Worker Blog

The NYT Transit Union has an unofficial blog here. There is a raging battle in the comments section of this post:

[S]econdly, if i could meet the masterminds behind this strike, i'd personally spit in each of their faces. I know fifty people at my campus who now cannot return to their families for the holiday season, and are being forced to spend their break in a hotel off campus until the transit system is running again. You ought to be ashamed of yourselves doing something this stupid this time of the year. Every single worker participating in the strike is extremely selfish and short sighted.


(Hat tip, Insty)

Update: They have now turned off the comments. It was inevitable, I suppose.

10 Comments:

  • I don't understand why people would be stuck on campus and unable to return to their families for the holiday season because of this strike. It's not like airline pilots are on strike.

    I guess my feelings on strikes are always that I'm a believer in free markets. If all the workers agree that they won't work unless they get more money, more power to them. If the employers can find people to do the work for less money, more power to them.

    By Blogger MDS, at 7:31 PM  

  • "If all the workers agree that they won't work unless they get more money, more power to them. If the employers can find people to do the work for less money, more power to them."

    I think we all agree on that. However, the law doesn't always let employers fire employees that strike. This is a prime example of why that is bad law.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 8:44 PM  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger ethan, at 9:58 AM  

  • that comment is classic - from asserted shame to spitting on faces. and really, like mds said, that "i know 50 people who can't get home" thing is simply assanine. sounds more like they know 50 people who are completely helpless.

    maybe the good thing to come of this is that people will realize the danger of public sector unions. more likely, john doe will just complain a lot and then forget about it as soon as the strike is over. but we can hope.

    By Blogger ethan, at 10:05 AM  

  • Pretty much every comment on the thing was asinine. It was a pity party between people complaining about being stuck and workers complaining about people spitting on them, urinating in the train cars, etc. But it was pretty funny.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 10:31 AM  

  • Why is it a bad law to ensure public works aren't shut down by a bunch of sad sacks that have their heads in their ass? I think it's perfectly reasonable to make it illegal for public workers to strike.

    They might find replacements, but they still have to train them and such...and that takes time.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 12:03 PM  

  • I'm assuming Danny meant that it's bad law that prevents striking workers from being fired, not the law to prevent them from striking.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:39 PM  

  • That is definitely what he meant.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 3:48 PM  

  • Uh, am I the only one who can't figure out where there's any ambiguity in "the law doesn't always let employers fire employees that strike"?

    By Blogger MDS, at 3:55 PM  

  • Nope. I can't either.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 4:41 PM  

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