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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fuck You, Teamsters Local 731.

I usually rip on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) here, but today I have extra-special hatred for the bus driver of the second half of my commute to the northwestern part of the Chicagoland area (which consists of Minnesota, North Dakota, most of Wisconsin, and the Northwest Territories of Canada). Once you get out to the suburbs of Chicago, you are no longer dealing with the CTA. Public transit out there is run by PACE, and this morning, without any notice, PACE workers walked off of the job:

Wilmot said the union rejected the suburban bus agency's contract offer earlier this month, effectively authorizing a strike. But the union had indicated it was willing to participate in further bargaining sessions before walking off the job, he said.
"In our eyes this is an illegal strike," Wilmot said. "Our belief was that the union was going to come to the table and negotiate."

Union representatives were not immediately available for comment.

Wilmot said Pace was "in the process" of working out dates for mediation with the union and was not notified of the strike in advance. There is no plan to continue service with replacement workers, he said.


Now I don't much care for unions, but this strike strikes me as particularly egregious. First of all, this is clearly just providing the union members with an extra-long weekend. I don't find strikes particularly noble, but the timing certainly takes away from whatever moral highground they may have had.

Secondly, not announcing this in advance is just plain mean. I'm sure that a lot of people did not find out about it until they were standing at a bus stop. I only found out about it because a co-worker went in early today to get a head start on traffic later.

I did manage to get a ride with someone, but had I gotten out to the PACE bus stop without finding out about the strike, I would have been facing a $48 cab ride (plus tip).

So fuck off Teamsters. You've succeeded in screwing up the beginning of the holiday weekend for 22,000 people.

19 Comments:

  • Now now...
    where's your spirit of thankfulness?

    Turn that frown upside down,
    the holidays are here
    Show your hard-earned cheer.

    You only appreciate how much you depend on others when they're not there for you... Maybe try a bit more independence in your planning plans so you'll be less reliant on others?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:31 AM  

  • That's a bunch of horse shit. I think it's totally reasonable for the consumers of public transportation to expect that it will be there when it says it will be there. We pay for it afterall.

    "Maybe try a bit more independence in your planning plans so you'll be less reliant on others?"

    What are planning plans?

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 9:43 AM  

  • I think this is garbage too. A lot of people depend on public transportation. When you live in Madison, WI or something, it's easy to get from the corner of Basset and Dayton to some government job on W. Wash or whatever. But if you live in Chicago, it's expensive to live close to downtown or the burbs and it's impractical to drive a car.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 10:10 AM  

  • Planning plans are the things you can control. The less your plans have to rely on others, the more free you can be.

    I agree it sux what happened. But that is where you live. Next year, you can plan other ways... or you can beat your head against the ways Chicago works. Or not.

    Why not take off earlier next year if you have vacation days saved, and plan a trip on your own wheels -- getting out of town early without having to wait in line and rely on others? The sucky thing about the rat race is... even if you're well paid, you're still scrambling around like a rat. Independence: sometimes it's worth the price we have to pay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:23 PM  

  • Wait, are you suggesting Paul plans his vacation around labor strikes? Strikes that can happen at any time and with virtually no warning?

    By Blogger JesusIsJustAlrightWithMe, at 1:33 PM  

  • Yeah, our society functions great if no one depends on anyone else. I'm going to grow my own food on the roof (as well as cotton so I can sew my own clothes). I'm also going to build my own wood-burning furnace and chop down my own trees.

    Of course, I'll also be completely guilt free if I violate the trust put in me by others who depend on me.

    That said, I'm staying out of arguing over PACE's tactics as I have no idea what their goal was.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 5:42 PM  

  • Wait, are you suggesting Paul plans his vacation around labor strikes?

    No. (You must have trouble reading...)

    I know he can't afford his own private plane. But... that is the best mentality to adopt, to avoid future inconveniences.

    Try to plan your life so you'll rely on others as little as possible. Use your money to buy independence. Otherwise, no matter how good your plans, you are still only as strong as the weakest link the chain is relying on. So try to eliminate as many links as you can in pulling your own weight. There's this mentality: I work hard, I can buy these services and conveniences. I'm suggesting when at all possible, try to buy the means so you don't have to pay others to perform those services, because your always better off relying on your own transportation when possible, and your own skills and talents in planning, etc.

    Or you could beat your head against the wall re. how Chicago works. Or not. Stick around... you'll encounter another inconvenient labor strike or two. Unplanned, but if you're unaffected, you're untouched. Make sense?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:02 PM  

  • I think it's totally reasonable for the consumers of public transportation to expect that it will be there when it says it will be there. We pay for it afterall.

    Lol btw.
    Stick around and tell me if you're getting your money's worth for all you're paying for. Did somebody promise you a utopia, and where in the heck were you raised? Planet Life is Fair?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:03 PM  

  • I'm suggesting when at all possible, try to buy the means so you don't have to pay others to perform those services, because your always better off relying on your own transportation when possible, and your own skills and talents in planning, etc.

    Seriously? You just enjoy being a pain in the ass don't you?

    Paul has a car (and in this case a friend with a car), but he's saying it sucked for those stuck at bus stops with no notice. Unless you advocate nobody use public transportation and we all congest the freeways to the max.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 11:48 PM  

  • Understandably public transit is a convenience that many take advantage of, but one should be prepared for the potential costs of such great dependence upon others. I, for instance, have built myself giant birdlike wings attached to a small engine that I could use to fly to work were even the freeways to break down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 PM  

  • Unless you advocate nobody use public transportation and we all congest the freeways to the max.

    I'd stay off the freeways during peak times too, if at all possible. It's all in the planning. Think different. When you have alternative plans -- or back ups in case obstacles like this arise, you won't be so reliant on others, whether employees or friends. Light a candle or curse the darkness.

    Lol 11:52.I'd stay off the freeways during peak times too...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM  

  • Weekends...don't you actually have unions to thank for those? Maybe if you got a union job you would make enough money to afford your own car!

    By Blogger Ed, at 1:32 PM  

  • Nope. That would be the Bible. And sometimes I work weekends if necessary. I have a car, and a union job (BAR association).

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:08 PM  

  • GO TEAMSTERS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:15 PM  

  • you're absolutely right,fuck731..first of all,pace should'nt be in a union that was formed for the trucking industry;look it up..secondly,731 is a fuckin' scavengers/trash haulers union so form your own goddamn union for bus drivers and passengers of busses and stop your fucking complaining asshole!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:56 PM  

  • Fuck Local 731 and their horse shit agenda. Every month they gladly take union dues from their members but when one of their members need them to stand up for them against the company. They run and hide no where to be found. They are more worried about their credibility with the companies their members work for than the unions credibilty to its members. So a big fuck you to Tim Dunlap a trustee board member who regularly fucks over rank and file union members.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 PM  

  • if it wernt for unions you would work 7 days a week 20 hours a day work through holidays and treat you like a slave you have it worse if you work in a right to work state ,so my point is this if your not union , thank a teamster to set work rules in your state , unfortunately , unions are not as strong as they used to be and rearly stick up for their members!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:30 PM  

  • tim dunlap hates truck drivers. i worked with him at waste management and all he ever said was dum truck drivers. he would say the only thing thats worse is a black truck driver.i would take a lie dector test on this one. how many blacks are in the office or b a ok 731 lets see you get out of this one . why is there because the president hides under his desk and sends dunlap out to job because hes expendable. dunlap hates truck drivers trust me. he pretends to care but he smiles all the way to the bank with your money

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:12 PM  

  • Those of you who have such ugly things to say about Tim Dunlap, you have no idea what you are talking about. He really is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Obviously, you need some anger management.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 PM  

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