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Old 12-20-2005, 01:04 PM   #1
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Default So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

If you hadn't heard, the Transit Workers Union of New York City just went on strike, essentially shutting down perhaps the biggest mass transit system in the world.

I'm sorry, but it's totally selfish and reckless to but your own needs ahead of 7 million people. It's not like the transit workers are eating out of garbage bins. They have a fantastic benefits package, and are already guaranteed regular payhikes.

Not only that, but these assclowns are breaking the fucking law. The state of New York has a law preventing public workers from striking, and they're thumbing their nose at it. This law was passed so that New York City couldn't be crippled or put into the severely dangerous position of having no mass transit. I pray that Michael Bloomberg and the rest of the city breaks this union in two.

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:11 PM   #2
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

I hate unions. They all need to be fired. Immediately. If I don't show up for work, I get canned...as should they.

There's a talk show on my station with a liberal, pro-union guy. His stance is that they're collectively selling the only thing they have: their labor. What a bunch of crap. So basically they're ADMITTING they have NO marketable skills, they're useless, they're untalented, and they deserve less...but demand more.
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Old 12-20-2005, 01:24 PM   #3
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

> Fuck you, TWU
Esentially, if you dont treat your workers well, they'll fuck you over, given that your business (unless a small self run business) will generally crumble without them

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Old 12-20-2005, 03:27 PM   #4
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

My discontempt for unions started after my dad was "forced to resign" from his Senior Engineering position at his company. At this point, I started doing research into things that could have kept him from having to leave his job, and of course the research led into unions. My dad was now freelancing, and I was upset that virtually uneducated factory workers were getting more benefits, higher pay, and working less that my dad was. I agree that there needs to be some sort of system in place to prevent workers from being treated unfairly, but the current system allows unions to go on strike for higher pay that they don't need or deserve.

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Old 12-20-2005, 03:58 PM   #5
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

That is a bunch of bull shit. I say the state should fire them and look for scabs(or whatever they call replacements). This is also good for people looking for jobs. This should open up more!

>The state of New York has a law preventing public workers from striking.

How they make a union?
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Old 12-20-2005, 04:54 PM   #6
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

Honestly, unions need to be abolished. I value workers rights, but thats not up to the union, it's the responsibility of the Employer and also the Employee.

Plus, something like the New York sybway system can't be shut down. Most people in there only use the Subway and Taxi cabs anyway. Nobody drives their cars.

But I suppose the Taxi Cabs are having a good time now, since the subway is out of order.
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Old 12-20-2005, 07:05 PM   #7
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

Wow, that's kinda... funny. I watched a documentary on Grand Central Station last weekend on the National Geographic Channel.

Also funny, at lunch, my friends and I were talking about the merits of a mass transit system for our town.


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Old 12-20-2005, 07:51 PM   #8
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Luckily I live right next to NYU. This royally screws things up for others in my family though. <img src=smilies/headshake.gif>
The union is requesting a 24% raise over three years, despite its workers getting $55,000 on average already and having good benefits. They feel they have the leverage to extort higher salaries than people in similar jobs because their job happens to give them the means to paralyze the city. So yeah, screw them.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:17 PM   #9
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

I used to be a Union Steward some twenty eight years ago.
The Unions all need to die.
Those bastards are making over twice what I make and they're bitching????
Fuck 'em. Fire them and hire people who want to work.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:40 PM   #10
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Default Re: So, New York City is crippled. How's everyone else doing?

> Fuck 'em. Fire them and hire people who want to work.

Exactly. If I was the "City of NYC" I'd start putting ads in the paper for transit jobs.
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