NYC Strike over; Battle just begun
Looks like the strike might be coming to a close. But, the battle is far from over.
Temperatures rose on the third day of the strike in NYC with Bloomberg suggesting that jailtime might make Toussaint a MARTYR:
"The fines are what is going to hurt," said Bloomberg "Fines don't make you a martyr and fines you don't get back."A Supreme Court justice had earlier expressed a "distinct possibility" of jail time for strikers.
A fine of $1 million-per-day looms over the union, but won't take effect until appeals are complete and city lawyers wanted to ask the judge for fines "beyond the docked-pay penalties" the striking workers already face. Fines would have ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and come directly out of workers' pockets.
Meanwhile, Toussaint and transit workers were kicking them where it hurts! And, as the city's losses in tax revenue mounted, the rhetoric intensified.
As usual in ECONOMIC warfare, financial instruments and the media are the weapons of choice, and the courts and "law" enforcement a last resort.
Bloomberg called the strike "illegal" "selfish" and "unconscionable." [Apparently, $1.27 billion annually in INTEREST is okay by the mayor.]But, Toussaint fought back:
He said strikers "thuggishly turned their backs on New York City, and disgraced the noble concept of public service." [What would he know about public service?]
"I don't know how you'd explain to your kids that if you break the law, you get a better deal than if you're honest." [He should be adept at that, by now!]
Meanwhile, Pataki described the strike as "a horrible breach of trust with the people of New York." [:P]
"The thugs are not on this side of the podium," he said. "We are not thugs. We are not selfish. We are not greedy." [Damned straight! We know who the real thugs are!]The outlook?
Earlier, Toussaint had said if "pension issue comes off the table, that would be a basis for us to go back to work."What was the MTA's offer?
But the MTA chairman, Peter Kalikow, had called that demand "outrageous," and said the point is "rapidly approaching" where bargaining with the union would be "futile."
"[N]ew employees pay 6% of their wages toward their pensions" [so it can be gambled away in derivatives]They actually had the nerve to ask transit workers to slave another 7 years of their lives, so they can drop dead before they collect their pensions! This sounds awfully familiar.
This is "after dropping [the] demand that new workers retire at age 62 instead of the current age of 55."
Stay tuned because the strike may be off (for now), but the battle's far from over.