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  • Leader of 2005 (NYC) bus and subway strike is now a cabbie

    09/09/2013 10:49:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, September 1, 2013, 10:46 PM | Pete Donohue
    Here’s a bit of Labor Day irony. The man who led the historic 2005 bus and subway strike—which forced millions of commuters to squeeze into packed cabs, pedal bicycles they hadn’t used for years and hike to work like intrepid Boy Scouts—is now a licensed cab driver. Roger Toussaint, the fiery former president of Transport Workers Union Local 100, got his permit in December to drive a taxi in Cobb County, Ga., where he now lives, records show. “Driving a cab is a dignified profession,” Toussaint, 55, said during a telephone interview last week. …
  • TWU threat suspect says he is not a terrorist

    03/03/2011 6:35:25 AM PST · by Immerito · 9 replies
    WFAA ^ | March 2. 2011 | SHELLY SLATER
    DENTON — An Army veteran whose remarks led to a 90-minute lockdown on the Texas Woman's University campus in Denton on Tuesday is now speaking out from behind bars. Police said Christopher Gillette made threatening remarks, prompting the emergency action. "What I basically said is that I'm extremely angry; I have specific military training; and I feel like tearing Washington down brick-by-brick," Gillette told News 8. Following his remarks, security officers swept the TWU campus, fearing a man with a gun could do harm.
  • TWU throws Roger from the train (Even the liberals have heard enough from NYC Transit Union)

    01/21/2006 1:50:27 AM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 756+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | January 21, 2006
    Leave it to the transit workers to make the absolutely worst possible move for all the wrong reasons at every turn. In rejecting the deal negotiated by Transport Workers Union President Roger Toussaint by just seven votes, the rank and file yesterday snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. They had blackmailed New York by shutting down the city for three days in an illegal strike, but they just couldn't take yes for an answer. So now they're going to demand heaven knows what behind a leader they have emasculated. The best Toussaint will be able to muster at the...
  • NY transport workers vote down contract

    01/20/2006 5:08:30 PM PST · by Man50D · 11 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 20, 2006
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Transport Workers Union, which shut down the New York subway and bus system for three days during the Christmas shopping season, has narrowly rejected the contract offer recommended by union leaders. The offer from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which required a simple majority vote to ratify, was rejected by just seven votes out of more than 22,000 votes cast, a union official who asked not to be identified told Reuters on Friday. The tally was 11,234 against and 11,227 in favor, he said. Union leader Roger Toussaint told a televised news conference the contract failed...
  • THE UNION THAT CRIPPLED NEW YORK CITY'S TRANSIT SYSTEM REJECTED ITS CONTRACT!

    01/20/2006 12:07:50 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 48 replies · 1,601+ views
    NEW YORK (AP) The union that crippled New York City's transit system last month with a three-day strike has rejected its contract.
  • Government: The Real Thug in New York (by John Stossel)

    01/04/2006 9:43:40 AM PST · by Ace of Spades · 14 replies · 1,169+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 4, 2006 | John Stossel
    I just suffered through a transit strike. I'm ticked off about it. It didn't hurt me much, actually -- I ride a bike most days -- but New York's Transport Workers Union tortured a million commuters by going on strike. And going on strike for what? Their employer wanted to raise the retirement age for new workers -- not even current union members, people who haven't been hired yet -- to a ripe old 62, or make them pay more of their pension costs. Big deal. Some 30 people apply for each of these jobs, according to Steven Malanga of...
  • Race underlies transit strike (Barf Alert)

    12/25/2005 11:03:21 PM PST · by indcons · 16 replies · 733+ views
    Newsday ^ | December 21, 2005 | Jimmy Breslin
    Patricia and Santana Bonilla live a half-block from the staircase to an el that had no trains Tuesday. The el stop is at Knickerbocker Avenue and Myrtle Avenue. Without the life of the city on its rails, the el was desolate at a place that is usually throbbing. In this strike, you follow the silent tracks into places where most are without money and find so many being strangled by landlords. The Bonillas are on the first floor of an old frame house on Himrod Street in Bushwick, in Brooklyn. The husband and wife are both 48, from Mexico and...
  • Leaders of Tehran Bus Company Arrested, The Union Dissolved

    12/24/2005 9:32:21 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 23 replies · 589+ views
    Iran Press Service ^ | Saturday, December 24, 2005
    PARIS, 24 Dec. (IPS) In its first major social challenge and in continuation of the crackdown of all freedoms in Iran, the new Government under the Islamo-populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrested at least 14 members of the Single Bus Company of Tehran and Suburbs (SBCTS), informed sources reported on Saturday. The order for the arrest, detention and seizure of all documents of the arrested men was issued by Judge Sa’id Mortazavi, the Prosecutor for Tehran and Islamic Revolution Tribunals. A protégé of Ayatollah Ali Khameneh’i, the leader of the Islamic Republic, Mr. Mortazavi is better known by the public,...
  • Why unions are like terrorists

    12/24/2005 2:52:08 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 49 replies · 880+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Saturday, December 24, 2005 | Kevin McCullough
    I've never had much use for unions, even when I belonged to one. Now, I'm just weary of their methods of holding the public hostage to get what they want, and the Transit Workers Union's strike in New York is the best example in recent memory. In more ways than one, the TWU leaders have damaged the city they claim to love, and they don't really seem to care so long as they get their way. What the terrorists did on 9-11 was simple. They took people's lives, crushed the city's economy (and by extension the nation's) and demonstrated...
  • WHAT ROGER WROUGHT (NYC Transit Strike Aftermath)

    12/23/2005 2:26:11 PM PST · by chet_in_ny · 18 replies · 1,417+ views
    NY Post through Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/05 | NY POST EDITORIAL
    <p>Putting New York through hell for three days, just before Christmas?</p> <p>Just what exactly did you gain for your members by doing that?</p> <p>Everyone knows you couldn't give a hoot about what you did to the city.</p> <p>But what about your own members?</p>
  • 12 Day of Christmas (Grand Finale!!)

    12/23/2005 6:17:24 AM PST · by TheRobb7 · 4 replies · 466+ views
    The Perspective ^ | 12-23-05 | TheRobb7
    12 Drummers Drumming 11 Pipers Piping 10 Lords a'Leaping 9 Ladies (?) Dancing 8 Maids a'Milking 7 Sweans a'Swimming 6 Geese a'Laying 5 Golden rings 4 Calling Birds 3 French Hens 2 Turtle Doves And a Liberal in a Pear Tree Here's the link for the last one: http://www.insidebayarea.com/trivalleyherald/localnews/ci_3297424
  • ALL ABOARD! STRIKE ENDS

    12/23/2005 4:52:56 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 13 replies · 561+ views
    NY Post ^ | Dec.23, 3005 | By CARL CAMPANILE, HASANI GITTENS and ANDY GELLER
    December 23, 2005 -- No more freezing walks, no more being a sardine inside Penn Station and no more Scrooging cabdrivers. It's o-o-o-ver! Facing the fury of straphangers, stupendous fines and the possibility of spending Christmas in jail, transit-union leaders voted overwhelmingly yesterday to end a crippling three-day illegal strike and go back to the bargaining table. In return, The Post learned, the MTA agreed to remove from the table a demand that new hires contribute to their pensions — the thorny issue that triggered the first transit strike in 25 years. With the announcement of the cease-fire, the 33,700...
  • THE STRIKE'S TRAGIC TOLL

    12/23/2005 2:29:31 AM PST · by Sociopathocracy · 60 replies · 1,177+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 12/23/2005 | Editorial
    We noted in this space yesterday the inevitability of serious injury, or worse, to innocent people as a result "of the illegal, immoral strike engineered by [TWU President Roger] Toussaint and his merry band," warning that "soon he will have blood on his hands, too." Little did we know. At 52nd Street and Third Avenue yesterday morning, a private bus struck 39-year-old city firefighter Matthew Long — who was riding his bike to work thanks to the subway shutdown. Critically injured, he's now fighting for his life at New York Weill-Cornell Medical Center. Mayor Bloomberg asked that "New Yorkers pray...
  • Tehran Arrests 14 Pro-Union Bus Drivers

    12/23/2005 1:27:12 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 4 replies · 348+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | December 22, 2005
    Washington -- Iranian authorities have arrested 14 members of a group representing thousands of Tehran bus drivers for engaging in "illegal activities." The group has been staging protests for months as part of efforts to form an independent union and have wages paid. Among those arrested today was group leader Mansour Osanlou and an associate, Mansour Hayat-Ghaybi. Maryam Hayat-Ghaybi told Radio Farda that government agents searched her house, seizing all documents related to her husband's union activities. "(The agents) only told me I should not be worried, he is safe," she said. "They told me they took my husband to...
  • Restaurant Sues TWU, MTA, City, Over Lost Earnings

    12/22/2005 12:32:40 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 43 replies · 1,114+ views
    WCBS ^ | 12/22/05
    NEW YORK (AP) Owners of a theater district restaurant sued the Transport Workers Union, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the city Thursday in what was apparently the first lawsuit over financial losses due to the transit strike.Owners of the Russian Samovar, partly owned by dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov until earlier this year, said the walkout and restrictions on vehicles entering Manhattan had caused the West 52nd Street restaurant to suffer a loss of customers and revenue.The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan state Supreme Court, blames all sides of the labor dispute for the strike, saying the union struck illegally because the state's...
  • NY Transit strike is over

    12/22/2005 12:22:35 PM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 14 replies · 729+ views
    7online.com ^ | December 22,2005
    Transit Strike: Alerts and Latest Details (New York- WABC, December 22, 2005) - Here are updates from the transit services that are running, quick, latest details on the strike and quotes from commuters. Court Fight Latest: The TWU executive board has voted to end the transit strike. Thirty six members voted to end the strike, five voted against ending the strike and two members abstained from the vote. Union board members who emerged from the organization's headquarters said workers will return to their job sites starting with the next shifts. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of returning to work,...
  • NYC Transit Union Moves to Return to Work

    12/22/2005 10:00:33 AM PST · by libertarianPA · 17 replies · 589+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/22/05 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK - Striking bus and subway workers agreed Thursday to "take steps" to go back to work while their union and the transit authority resume negotiations, a mediator said. The deal with the Transit Workers Union could pave the way for a resumption in service by Friday, if the union's executive board gives the final OK. The strike, the system's first in 25 years, halted service for millions. "Both parties have a genuine desire to resolve their differences," said Richard Curreri, head of a three-member state mediation panel. "They have agreed to resume negotiations while the TWU takes steps...
  • Subways Will Be Back Friday

    12/22/2005 11:43:08 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 78 replies · 2,737+ views
    WCBS ^ | 12/22/05
    WCBS 880's John Metaxas has just reported that TWU's executive committee has voted 38-5, with two abstentions, to resume subway and bus service as negotiations with the MTA continue. The trains and buses could be moving again within 12 to 18 hours. "Both parties have a genuine desire to resolve their differences,'' said Richard Curreri, head of a three-member state mediation panel had said earlier Thursday. "They have agreed to resume negotiations while the TWU takes steps to return its membership.'' A judge has already imposed a $1 million-per-day fine on the union for defying an order barring the strike...
  • Union Board Votes To End Transit Strike

    12/22/2005 11:44:12 AM PST · by conservative in nyc · 8 replies · 512+ views
    WABC-TV ^ | 12/22/05 | ABC7
    Eyewitness News has learned that the TWU executive board has voted to end the transit strike. Thirty six members voted to end the strike, five voted against ending the strike and two members abstained from the vote. Here is the latest: the transit union has agreed to take steps to restore service to New York's buses and subways while both sides resume negotiations. At this point, there is no timetable for the restoration of service. State mediators devised a preliminary framework for a settlement of the MTA contract dispute. Mediators say the two sides have agreed to the deal, pending...
  • NYC union leaders urge strikers to go to work

    12/22/2005 8:24:55 AM PST · by minus_273 · 11 replies · 483+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/22/05 | msnbc
    NEW YORK - Transit union leaders agreed Thursday to urge striking employees to return to work while talks aimed at seeking a permanent settlement of New York’s crippling mass transit walkout, a state mediator said. The recommendation must be approved by the union's executive board and its membership. If approved, it was not immediately clear how quickly the striking employees would return to work. "Both parties have a genuine desire to resolve their differences," said Richard Curreri, head of a three-member state mediation panel. "They have agreed to resume negotiations while the TWU takes steps to return its membership."
  • Mediators Reportedly Set Framework for Settlement (TRANSIT STRIKE MAY BE OVER!)

    12/22/2005 8:09:56 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 71 replies · 2,115+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/22/05
    After meeting with both sides through the night, state mediators have devised a preliminary framework for a settlement of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority contract dispute that would allow strikers to return to work later today, according to four people close to the negotiations. The people emphasized that the details of a final settlement would take at least a day or two longer to be finalized, although buses and subways would be running before that. The agreement, they said, would give every side some of what it asked for. It would allow Gov. George E. Pataki to save face because the...
  • New York Transit Strike to End ?

    12/22/2005 6:29:07 AM PST · by ElRushbo · 47 replies · 1,212+ views
    New York times
    just saw a headline come across about a possible resolution-- cnbc reporting annoncement may come shortly...
  • ROGER PARTIED ON STRIKE NIGHT

    12/22/2005 4:53:12 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 56 replies · 2,037+ views
    NY Post Page Six ^ | Dec. 22, 2005
    December 22, 2005 -- WHILE countless ordinary New Yorkers were trudging home from work in the bitter cold Tuesday night due to the transit strike, Transport Workers Union boss Roger Toussaint and his chaos-causing labor cronies were living the high life at an upscale uptown eatery. Toussaint and his comrades were in a jubilant mood at chichi Harlem Grill, an elegant supper club on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard with gleaming candelabras, antique mirrors and live jazz. A spywitness tells PAGE SIX's Fernando Gil: "[Toussaint and his party] were there for at least 2 1/2 hours. People kept coming and...
  • MISERABLE CROOKS DOING WHAT EVEN 9/11 COULDN'T

    12/22/2005 5:34:44 AM PST · by Sociopathocracy · 102 replies · 2,330+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 12/22/2005 | ANDREA PEYSER
    THE 9/11 terror attacks couldn't kill his business. No, the villains threatening to rob Jay Park of his livelihood are far more treacherous, selfish and insane. "It's dead — dead!" Park moaned from behind the counter of the ordinarily bustling Here and Now deli in Greenwich Village. Just one shopper dawdled among the shelves, then left without buying anything. An array of fresh flowers wilted from lack of interest. "We can't last a month like this," Park, the manager said. "In two weeks, we're going to be out of business." All over the city, the horror stories were too painful...
  • With Roger, all lose out [NYDN Slams Toussaint, Union]

    12/22/2005 4:06:07 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 22 replies · 722+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/22/05 | Editorial
    Hey, what's the rush? Why display an ounce of concern when New Yorkers can't get to their jobs and back, the economy is hemorrhaging, taxpayers are getting slammed and 33,700 transit workers are being whacked with $14 million a day in fines and lost pay? Show the slightest inclination to settle the transit strike? Not if you are Roger Toussaint. If you're Roger Toussaint, you compare yourself to Rosa Parks, say you only want "respect," paint the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as out of touch with minorities and women, start to push inflammatory race and class buttons and claim that you...
  • HEY, UNION JERKS, ENJOY YOUR 'ISLAND' GETAWAY - AT RIKERS

    12/22/2005 2:52:51 AM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 50 replies · 1,753+ views
    The New York Post ^ | December 22, 2005 | Kati Cornell Smith, Carl Campanile and Andy Geller
    December 22, 2005 -- A furious Brooklyn judge yesterday threatened to toss transit-union leaders in jail for ignoring his injunction against a walkout — calling it a "distinct possibility." In a stunning announcement on the second day of the transit strike, Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones ordered Roger Toussaint, head of Transport Workers Union Local 100, and union bigs Ed Watt and Darlyne Wilson to be in his court at 11 a.m. today. The hearing could result in "one or more of these persons being sent to jail," the judge said. "That is a possibility and a distinct...
  • NYC Transit Union Hints at Pension Deal

    12/21/2005 10:19:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 885+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/05 | David B. Caruso - ap
    NEW YORK - Threatened with huge fines and possible jail time, the city's transit union suggested Wednesday that it would be willing to end a strike that has shut down bus and subway service for two days — if a plan to change workers' pensions were dropped. The union's suggestion came as millions of New Yorkers again trudged to and from work — some walking miles, others riding bicycles and in-line skates in the morning's 24-degree chill. The contract covering 33,000 New York transit workers expired last week, and the union called the strike Tuesday morning despite a state law...
  • Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #7876 (WABC/NYC Transit Strike)

    12/21/2005 9:11:05 PM PST · by conservative in nyc · 64 replies · 1,010+ views
    WABC-TV/Survey USA ^ | 12/21/05 | Survey USA/ABC7
    Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #7876Geography Surveyed: New York DMAData Collected: 12/21/2005 Release Date: 12/21/2005 8:40 PM ET Sponsoring News Organization: WABC-TV New York Half in NYC with Union, Half with Management: Two-thirds of New York City area residents say transit workers should not have gone on strike, according to a SurveyUSA poll of 800 metropolitan area adults conducted 12/21/05 exclusively for WABC-TV. But: when Tri-State adults are asked to choose sides in the debate, half say they are with the Union, half say they are with Management. By 5:4, New Yorkers approve of NYC Mayor Michael...
  • Mayor's 'Thuggish' Comment Rankles Some

    12/21/2005 7:48:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 1,947+ views
    ap on Breitbart.com ^ | 12/21/05 | Sara Kugler - ap
    NEW YORK - The war of words over the transit strike took an ugly turn after Mayor Michael Bloomberg described union heads as "thuggish," a remark some said was racist in the context of a predominantly black union. During his first briefing on the strike Tuesday at City Hall, Bloomberg complained that union leaders had "thuggishly turned their backs on New York City and disgraced the noble concept of public service." A group of City Council members and black leaders said Wednesday that Bloomberg's comment was racist because it was directed at leaders of a union that is less than...
  • Fuming at union (New Yorkers call transit strikers extortionists, terrorists)

    12/21/2005 3:13:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 114 replies · 2,091+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/21/05 | Helen Kennedy
    You could see it in their eyes, in the set of their jaws, in their E-mails and in their letters. New Yorkers - normally good-humored in a crisis - were mad this time. "As I'm walking, I hope they are walking [Transport Workers Union leader Roger] Toussaint to jail," said Peter Johnson, 56, a Columbia College administrator trekking to work along Broadway. "The people this will hurt the most are the working poor. They can't bear another burden, especially at this festive time of the year." There was little of the camaraderie and spirit that was so evident after the...
  • Jail Threat Ups Ante for NYC Union Heads

    12/21/2005 1:20:15 PM PST · by COUNTrecount · 14 replies · 474+ views
    Breitbart.com ^ | Dec. 21, 2005 | David B. Caruso
    NEW YORK - The city and state stepped up their pressure on striking transit workers Wednesday in hopes of forcing them back to work, and a judge said sending union leaders to jail was a "distinct possibility." State Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones, who is hearing several legal issues related to the strike, directed attorneys from the Transport Workers Union to bring president Roger Toussaint and other top officials before the court Thursday to answer to a criminal contempt charge. He said he may sentence the union leaders to jail for refusing to end the strike, calling such a scenario...
  • Judge could fine each worker $25,000 per day - Jail for leaders - (NYC Stike).

    12/21/2005 12:25:34 PM PST · by Pimpmygop · 44 replies · 1,426+ views
    Michael A. Cardozo, New York City's corporation counsel, asked the judge to issue an order directing union members to return to work. If the order is granted, Cardozo said, the city could ask for $25,000-a-day fines per worker — a punishment that goes beyond the docked-pay penalty that workers already are experiencing for the illegal strike.
  • Strikers Doing What They Are Told (1000 Transit Workers Are Working From An Undisclosed Location!)

    12/21/2005 12:44:55 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 43 replies · 1,416+ views
    WCBS ^ | 12/21/05
    NEW YORK (AP) Members of the striking Transport Workers Union's face the loss of two days pay for every day they are on strike. Aside from the loss of pay, the strikers have lost the backing of their union, The International Transport Workers Union. The international union is urging strikers to go back to work. Bus driver Bill McRae who has worked in transit since 1985 says ``The union executives called for a strike, and we have to do what we have to do.'' Lawrence Reuter, President of the NYC Transit, told NY One News that about one thousand transit...
  • Weld Challenges Spitzer To Take a Stand on Transit Strike

    12/21/2005 12:16:29 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 587+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 12/21/05
    A top Republican contender for governor in 2006, William Weld, challenged Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic front-runner, to take a stand in the transit strike.Firing one of the first salvos in the early stages of the gubernatorial race, Mr. Weld said that if he were governor, he would deal more harshly with the city's transit union, which brought public transportation to a halt yesterday with its first strike in a quarter century.A governor of Massachusetts in the 1990s and a Manhattan resident, the lanky Yankee said he would fire union leaders and questioned whether Mr. Spitzer as governor would...
  • Judge Orders Toussaint Into Court (TWU Leader To Court Tomorrow To Face Contempt Charges!)

    12/21/2005 12:01:28 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 38 replies · 875+ views
    WCBS 880 ^ | December 21, 2005
    A Brooklyn judge has ordered TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint and two union officials to appear in court tomorrow and answer contempt-of-court charges that could result in jail time. The ruling comes as a mediator is holding separate meeting with the MTA and the TWU today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will hold a 2:30 p.m. news conference at City Hall to update the area on the situation. The Mayor slept at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Brooklyn again Tuesday night and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to work on Wednesday morning. NYC commuter rail lines have activated their...
  • Jailtime Could Be Coming For Transit Union Bosses

    12/21/2005 1:18:24 PM PST · by StatenIsland · 12 replies · 501+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | 12/21/2005 | AP
    (AP) BROOKLYN The city and state stepped up their pressure on striking transit workers Wednesday in hopes of forcing them back to work, and a judge said he may send union leaders to jail for failing to end the walkout. State Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones, who is hearing several legal issues related to the strike, directed attorneys from the Transport Workers Union to bring president Roger Toussaint and other top officials before the court Thursday to answer to a criminal contempt charge. He said he may sentence the union leaders to jail for refusing to end the strike, calling...
  • Jail 'Possibility' for NYC Transit Leaders

    12/21/2005 11:31:10 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,024+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/21/05 | David B. Caruso - ap
    NEW YORK - The city and state stepped up their pressure on striking transit workers Wednesday in hopes of forcing them back to work, and a judge said sending union leaders to jail was a "distinct possibility." State Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones, who is hearing several legal issues related to the strike, directed attorneys from the Transport Workers Union to bring president Roger Toussaint and other top officials before the court Thursday to answer to a criminal contempt charge. He said he may sentence the union leaders to jail for refusing to end the strike, calling such a scenario...
  • Throw Roger from the train! (NY Daily News on TWU)

    12/21/2005 5:55:12 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 77 replies · 1,256+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/21/05 | Editorial
    Throw Roger from the train! Roger Toussaint, we dare you to take to the Brooklyn Bridge this morning to tell the cold, walking throngs why you chose to disrupt the lives of millions, jacked up the expenses of tens of thousands, shuttered and crimped businesses, exposed the subway system to terrorism and generally threatened the public health and welfare. It would be delicious watching you try to justify the reckless, lawless transit strike that you have inflicted on the city - assuming your fellow New Yorkers didn't hurl you over the railing into the icy waters before you got a...
  • The 'I' Word: Today Still Can't Bring Itself to Call NYC Strike Illegal

    12/21/2005 4:39:51 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 77 replies · 1,701+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 21, 2005 - 07:02. When it comes to the Transport Workers Union strike in NYC, the Today show just can't bring itself to pronounce the 'I' word, for illegal. In contrast with his Today show appearance yesterday, this morning NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg took off the verbal gloves, repeatedly condemning the union for its illegal strike, which violates of the Taylor Law prohibiting public employees in New York from striking. Among other things, Bloomberg stated that striking union members would be fined two days pay for every day the strike lasts. But whereas Today gave sympathetic...
  • Caption these NYC Transit Workers

    12/20/2005 8:29:23 PM PST · by finnman69 · 62 replies · 1,286+ views
    12/20/05
    Don't they look like they deserve a raise?
  • THE NYC TRANSIT WORKERS' UNION Blog, and it's getting an Earful From NYers!

    12/20/2005 1:29:24 PM PST · by areafiftyone · 11 replies · 339+ views
    Instapundit ^ | 12/20/05
    THE NYC TRANSIT WORKERS' UNION has an unofficial blog, and it's getting an earful in the comments. Here are some excerpts: [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...
  • Toben Smith says Jail Transit Workers!

    12/20/2005 1:34:09 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 50 replies · 525+ views
    Just watched it on Your world with Neil Cavuto!! Toben Smith wants them put in jail! Reagan would have already fired them!!
  • Strikers want respect more than money, but some say they would have settled

    12/20/2005 4:52:23 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 31 replies · 778+ views
    Newsday ^ | 12-20-05 | WestVirginiaRebel
    NEW YORK-It isn't about money or pensions for Angel Ortiz. It's about the contemptous glances, angry passenger rants and abusive bosses who rack up discipline slips and are stingy about sick days."Everybody treats me like crap all the time. We're tired of being treated like we're the garbage of the city," said Ortiz, 32, standing on the Bronx-Manhattan border Tuesday with hundreds of other striking transit workers underneath an elevated rail line that had no trains.
  • Bloomberg Addresses City in Midst of Transit Strike

    12/20/2005 3:55:48 PM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 71 replies · 1,217+ views
    The Gothamist ^ | December 20, 2005
    This afternoon, Mayor Bloomberg updated everyone on how New York City is coping with the transit strike. 1010 WINS has a nice summary of it on their site. Developments today include: -NYPD working 12 hour shifts (hello overtime!) and the traffic is being handled by the police cadets -LIRR handled an extra 45,000 riders this morning -There is now shuttle service at Kew Gardens, Forrest Hills and Woodside (lots of love for far away in Queens) -The zone system for the cabs is working -175,000 calls have come into 311 since midnight Is everyone ready for the fun commute home...
  • Strike Is On

    12/20/2005 12:49:08 AM PST · by Bobalu · 270 replies · 4,247+ views
    New York 1 ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | ny1
    Strike Is On TWU Announces System-Wide Transit Strike, Starting Immediately December 20, 2005 # See the contingency plan The fears of countless commuters have been realized this morning, as the Transport Workers Union announced at 3 a.m. that a system-wide public transit strike will begin immediately. The announcement, made after a vote of the TWU's executive board, means that the union's 34,000 MTA employees will leave their posts at the end of their shifts, shutting down the city's subway and bus system and thwarting millions of commuters and countless tourists on the cusp of the holiday season. "Our contract expired...
  • Today Show Soft-Pedals Illegality of NYC Transit Union Strike

    12/20/2005 4:47:24 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies · 1,141+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein December 20, 2005 - 07:37 Let's get one thing straight: the NYC transit strike by the Transport Workers is illegal. Even the New York Times had to acknowledge that stubborn fact: "The state's Taylor Law bars strikes by public employees and carries penalties of two days' pay for each day on strike, but the transit union decided it was worth risking the substantial fines to continue the fight for what it regards as an acceptable contract." In addition to the tremendous inconvenience the strike inflicts on the seven-million largely working-class New Yorkers who use the transit system...
  • Uniquely Aggrieved, Union Digs In [Hand-Wringing for NYC Strikers - Union Founder Communist Ally]

    12/20/2005 6:11:13 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 60 replies · 1,042+ views
    New York Times ^ | SEWELL CHAN
    In its standoff with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Transport Workers Union has highlighted once again its ability to upset millions of the city's subway and bus riders. It is an enduring tradition of militancy that dates to the union's creation during the Great Depression. Indeed, in New York, a city that has weathered major strikes by sanitation workers, drawbridge operators, teachers and social workers, no union seems able to unsettle residents quite like the one that moves the subways and buses. Members of T.W.U. Local 100, which represents the 33,700 transit workers whose three-year contract expired on Friday, often...
  • NYC Transit Workers Face $1M-A-Day Fine

    12/20/2005 1:17:19 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 149 replies · 2,854+ views
    NBC ^ | 20 December 2005 | NBC4 (Washington DC)
    NEW YORK -- A judge in New York is fining the city's transit workers' union $1 million a day for going on strike. The nation's largest mass transit system endured its first strike in a quarter-century Tuesday, stranding 7 million riders in the December cold as negotiations remained stalled. State Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones leveled the sanction against the Transport Workers Union for violating state law by going on strike. Attorneys for the city and state had asked Jones to hit the union with a "very potent fine" for ignoring the Taylor Law. Some New York City commuters are...
  • NYS Court Fines TWU

    12/20/2005 1:04:16 PM PST · by StatenIsland · 51 replies · 1,184+ views
    CBS News | 12/20/2005 | CBS News
    A New York State judge has fined the TWU $1 million a day for calling an illegal strike, according to WCBS (NY) News. Fine starts accruing today.
  • Strike Shuts Down NYC Subways & Buses

    12/20/2005 7:15:06 AM PST · by Do not dub me shapka broham · 59 replies · 1,611+ views
    Brain-Terminal ^ | 20 December 2005 | Evan Coyne Maloney
    For the first time since 1980, the New York City public transit system is completely shut down due to a strike. Transit Workers Union head Roger Toussaint made the announcement shortly after 3:00AM local time. In addition, many commuter railroads shuttling passengers in from the suburbs may be shut down, as sympathetic union workers refuse to cross picket lines. I moved to New York in late 1979, a few months before the last transit strike occurred. Because most New York City residents don't have cars, the preferred method of transportation for strike-stranded city-dwellers was walking. Each weekday, my father picked...