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December 21, 2005

Like my hometown pals, I don't really care that much about the NYC transit strike. Aside from listening to Soledad O'Brien pretend she takes public transportation every morning on CNN, this isn't really entering my sphere. Except for the tone of the stories. Of course, they're focusing on how the people of New York are handling the situation. Roller-blading, bikes, car-pooling. And we get lots of information on how much money the city is losing. $400 million a day (says Bloomberg).

But what I don't hear a lot of, is why this situation exists. Lindsay over at Majikthise breaks it down:

The New York Times is reporting that the MTA and the New York City transit union had nearly reached a deal to avert a transit strike when an MTA negotiator derailed the talks with a last minute demand: tripling the pension contributions for new employees.

Go read the excerpt from the story. Instead of photo-opping his way across the Brooklyn Bridge every morning and shaking his fists at the union members, maybe the mayor could spend a few minutes asking the MTA to pull their head out of their asses and end this bullshit.

Apparently there will be no further negotiation until the strike ends. I'm sure that's comforting to the workers, who are being fined and screwed.




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