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Forum Post: Public Employees' Unions as Allies

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 13, 2012, 3:09 a.m. EST by FHampton (309)
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New York's own Transport Workers Union Local 100 has a contract expiring on Jan. 15th. This union is very sensitive to the needs of its rank and file and is speaking up on behalf of workers around the country as well as the public who uses the subways and buses of New York--while enduring fare hikes. Check out this article from the union's President, John Samuelsen, on the need for workers' right to strike.

http://labornotes.org/2012/01/public-employees-need-right-strike

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[-] 3 points by Courtney (111) from New York, NY 2 years ago

I would support these workers 100% if they went on strike.

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8719) 2 years ago

Thanks, very valuable info!

[-] 3 points by FHampton (309) 2 years ago

From another article on the contract:

"The collective bargaining agreement between Transport Workers Union Local 100 and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), covering the subway and bus workers of New York City, expires January 15. Like public-sector workers everywhere, we face a withering attack on our compensation, benefits and collective organization. The Transit Authority’s demands represent major pay cuts, full-time job cuts and workplace destabilization for workers--with no offer of compensation or trade-off."

http://socialistworker.org/2012/01/11/looming-battle-in-nyc-transit

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[-] -3 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

Everything we do is for our union brothers and sisters. Our taxes support and nurture their struggle to provide a decent wage and retirement for themselves! We sacrifice that they may prosper!

[-] -1 points by FHampton (309) 2 years ago

You are hilarious.

[-] -1 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

LOL, pearls before swine. )

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

LOL, off your knees, Koch whore.

[-] 0 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

Will you ever get enough of sucking Soros' crusty, diseased asshole? Do you swallow the butt chunks or let them slide off your scraggly beard? :)

[-] 0 points by FHampton (309) 2 years ago

That's your analysis? You have no clue about how the world works. Move along.

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

On Thursday night, Stephen Colbert officially transferred control of his "super PAC" to his late-night colleague, Jon Stewart, in order to clear the way for a possible presidential bid in his home state of South Carolina.

The announcement came after several days of speculation, triggered by a poll that showed non-candidate Colbert leading actual candidate Jon Huntsman in South Carolina. Colbert previously ran in South Carolina in 2008 and recently tried to buy naming rights to the state’s presidential primary using money from his well-funded super PAC.

“Clearly my fellow South Caroliniacs see me as the only Mitternative,” Colbert said. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2012/01/stephen-colbert-super-pac.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ShowTracker+%28L.A.+Times+-+Show+Tracker%29

[-] 0 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

Apparently not. :)

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

"It's a sad day in South Carolina and across this country if Republicans are talking against the free market, let me tell you that," said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a tea party star who has endorsed Romney. "It's just been foolish," said Thomas Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which does not endorse presidential candidates. "They're not doing anything other than setting up the ad base for their (Democratic) opponents."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/13/conservatives-torn-over-defending-opposing-romney/#ixzz1jMJvq5an

[-] 1 points by wigger (-48) 2 years ago

Cutting and pasting, that'll show 'em! :)

[+] -4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 2 years ago

I support them. Absolutely.

Opponents of public worker unions pit the people who use the public service against workers by arguing that wage increases must be paid for by tax hikes, service cuts or, in our case, a fare hike. But that argument obscures more than it reveals, too.

Local 100 has shown many ways a decent contract can be paid for without having to raise fares. We’ve fought for a saner tax structure, one where those who make more than $1 million per year are taxed more heavily to keep senior centers open, school aides employed, and buses and subways running.