new york transit strike

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  1. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    hmm. it looks like the strike may go down. which normally would affect me minimally because i only ride the subway on the weekends (mostly). however, this week i am leaving the city (for winter break), and thus i will be driving out to transport my computer and all that crap...

    on the weekends, cars going into and out of the city must have at least 2 people. and during the week, they must have 4 people (if the strike goes down)... i don't know much about the causes for the strike, nor do i know all the logistics behind the change in road rules. however, it will certainly throw a kink in my plans if it happens.

    then there's the possible fare hike in the near future...

    the mta isn't gaining much love around here.
     
  2. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I thought that a federal judge ruled that the strike couldn't take place?
     
  3. jelloshotsrule thread starter macrumors G3

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    legally, yes, but that doesn't mean the union won't move forward with it... just means that if it does, it will face consequences (not sure what they are exactly)
     
  4. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    I just read an article that says the negotiations with the union are really progressing. So, hopefully, the whole mess can be avoided. With the way the economy is, I don't think anyone wants to be out of work, or on low strike pay.
     
  5. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    NY has a law in place that all *public* offices can't strike without like a court saying they can.
    Teachers, police, fire-fighers, transit workers... ect.
    But just because they can't *legally* strike doesn't mean they can't.
    How are you going to stop people from striking and staying on there jobs? :rolleyes:
     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Good luck to all of you in the tri-state area!

    Back in 1988, I was riding a SEPTA (Philadelphia area) bus an the driver was talking about an upcoming strike. The strange thing was...it was currently October and the strike was going to be in March. They had already voted to strike no matter what the outcome of agreements that could be made with the transit authority.

    Of course, this is the same transit authority where, within days of arriving at his new post in Philly, the President of the authority was receiving death threats due to his new plans for efficiency. No to say that the union did it, but...
     
  7. SPG macrumors 65816

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    Great. Just when I'm flying back for Christmas with my girlfriend.
    I personally think that the transit workers should get paid a decent wage, after all NYC isn't a cheap place to live, and working in the subway doesn't seem like much of a fun job. With any luck the two sides will come to an agreement tonight and keep the trains running.
    The city seems to be leaning on the no strike law to gain leverage against the MTA union, seems they haven't been getting good deals for years now.

    BTW, if it happens should be interesting to see what people do. My brother's company is going to have their employees take shifts staying in the studio, and another friend's company has booked a bunch of hotel rooms.
     
  8. mymemory macrumors 68020

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    We have been in strike for 3 weeks!!!

    My entire country is in a full scale strike! Grocery stores, computer stores,shoe stores, the entire malls, travel agencys, clubs, Mac Donalds, Wendys, Pizza Hut, movie teatres, mention something. The only thing working are hospitals, some grocery stores, pharmacys and some gast stations because the oil industry is in strike too and we have no gas.

    No one is working asking for the president resignation, no a single christmas tree is sold, nothing! for 3 weeks from tomorrow monday the 16th.

    The president... just doesn't care.
     
  9. jelloshotsrule thread starter macrumors G3

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    *REMOVED*

    as for nyc. i would definitely like to see the workers gain some pay raises and other benefits if possible. if possible, before the strike. if not, well the sooner the better of course.
     
  10. SPG macrumors 65816

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    Well it ain't happenin! Whoohoo!

    mymemory, I've been hearing about the Venzuela situation in the news here, but it's hard to get a real story about it. I feel for you though. Keep out of the way if the shooting starts.

    jello, lighten up on mymemory. Do you have any idea how bad it's getting down there? There is another coup in the works and our government is playing in it again. 14% of our oil comes from Venezuela and you can bet that George Bush has a hand somewhere in this pie.
    Anyhow it is relevant as this thread is about strikes!
     
  11. jelloshotsrule thread starter macrumors G3

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    it's interesting. the bit i heard on tv about it was pretty much right on from mymemory's post.

    at least the part about the president not caring... on cnn they said they asked the president what he thought should happen to diffuse the situation. and he said "what situation?"

    yeah. it's cool. just hard to put myself in that situation... however bad we have it (president dicatator style), we have it really good..
     
  12. SPG macrumors 65816

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    You know that our government is at least complicit in what's going on in Venezuela. We backed, and some say orchestrated, the last failed coup against Chavez.
    I'm still not 100% on what's going on there. From what I've read there is a democratically elected president, Chavez, who won the elections by catering to the large number of poorer Venezuelans. The wealthy class doesn't like him, or fear his reforms, so they've tried to oust him a few months ago in a coup. The US jumped in and immediately recognized the new government which crumbled in a couple days leaving Chavez back where he was. This time they are trying a strike to force him out instead of gaining signatures for a recall election that could legally be held in August, since by then the economy may improve and people won't want him out.
    mymemory, is that about right?
     
  13. void macrumors 6502

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    The transit strike has been resolved!
    Although I'm kind of sad because i would have had a 2-hour shorter school day.
     
  14. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I'm glad that it was settled, a strike is the last thing NYC needs with the current economy. The bonus will help them for Christmas. A 3% raise is on par with the raise that the govenment is giving Federal workers of 2.4%.
    Part of that raise will go into union pockets.

    I'm against unions, not a democracy, but a socialist organization. They force their members to pay dues and use it for donations to the Democrat Party without permission.
     

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