Roger Toussaint Promises No Repeat Of 2005 Transit Strike

One of the local transit related stories that has not gotten much media attention is the ongoing negotiations between the MTA & TWU Local 100 on a new contract. Over the weekend while watching a local newscast, a report came on to announce that TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint promised that workers will not strike this time around. WNYC has more in this brief report:

The head of New York City’s transit union says the workers won’t go on strike again. Roger Toussaint made the pledge in an affidavit that seeks to restore Transport Worker Union Local 100’s right to collect dues from members’ paychecks automatically.

The 38,000-member union was stripped of that right as a penalty for a two-day strike just before Christmas in 2005. The walkout that shut down city subways and buses violated state law. Toussaint says in court papers quoted by the New York Times that the union does not intend to go on strike “now or in the future.”

The city says it won’t fight the TWU’s motion to win back dues collection rights because of the latest filing. A hearing on the motion is set for Monday in Brooklyn’s state Supreme Court.

I am sure this is great news to millions of riders who hope to never have to deal with a repeat of the (justified) 2005 transit strike that crippled mass transit & NYC.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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What incentive does the MTA have to bargain in good faith? NONE!!! The TA does not bargain in good faith and they have no reason to because the union can’t do anything against them. Fighting a rogue agency with it’s mind on stealing as much money as possible is an almost impossible situation to win a FAIR contract. A contract like the one’s attained by all of the other city unions THIS year with the economy down.

They hide money every contract year they treat there own employees like garbage and never mention to the press the fact that the transit system has a it’s largest daily ridership in many years and the TA’s is operating with much less hourly employees than before. This is called productivity and should be rewarded.

The mayor who has just paid to change the laws in his favor for another reelection always mouths off about transit workers but he has nothing to do with them they work for the governor. Bloomberg has a hatred for the people who make his city move and I never understood why.

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