Yesterday, the TWU fought back against the MTA’s attempts to backtrack their way out of 11% raises awarded by an arbitration panel. Their method of choice was a protest in & around the MTA Headquarters in midtown. Shari Logan & Tom Namako of the New York Post have more in this brief report:
About 2,500 rowdy transit workers clogged the sidewalks and streets near MTA headquarters yesterday to protest the agency’s legal challenge to recently awarded raises.
The rally — which took up all of West 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues — resembled the hordes of TWU Local 100 members who demonstrated before the 2005 Christmas-season transit strike.
The union wants the MTA to drop a lawsuit aiming to halt 11 percent raises and health-care contribution rollbacks over the next three years.
I wish I was still residing in the city as I would have photographed the protest for my readers. As you all know, I support the workers in this instance as most deserve the raises that are being offered. While we have the typical knee jerk reactions of anti-MTA workers, anti-union, etc… from the normal culprits, those who know workers personally understand that most are not like the ones portrayed in scathing reports.