Wednesday, December 21, 2005

TWU: Tarnished Workers Undone

If I'm a rank-and-file member of the local Transit Workers Union, I'm not too pleased with my leaders right about now. The holiday traffic messes and devastating economic impact generated by the strike have caused a public backlash, not to mention court imposed $1 million-per-day fines for the Union and possible jail time and fines for strike leaders. Even the International Transit Workers Union (to which the local branch belongs) has rebuked the illegal job action and encouraged the members to "report to work." According to CNN, the strike's impact "By the Numbers":

• 7 million-plus -- Daily commuters affected • 30,000-plus -- Transit workers on strike • $440 million-plus -- Daily economic loss to city • $1 million -- Daily fine imposed against Transport Workers Union • 490 -- Subway stations affected • 244 -- Bus routes affected • 10,693 -- Buses and subway cars affected • 55.7% -- New York City residents who don't own a car • 24 F -- Temperature in New York at 9 a.m. ET
Sources: Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2000 U.S. census, New York Office of Emergency Management, court papers


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