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Mama Deb
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Okay. I'm at work.

This is an accomplishment, because it means the trains and buses are running. For the moment. Now the dread is for a midday strike, which would strand everyone.

As in, I have no idea how I'd get home, unless they do the livery car on bus routes thing. Or get a ride.

miriam_heddy is right in that labor unions are good and necessary things, and one hopes that the union gets something out of this.

On the other hand, this strike affects more than just management and labor. It affects an entire city and significant numbers of people in two different states, at a time when NYC is suffering badly economically. They have a right to strike. They have a right to make these demands.

I have a right to be upset that it is already costing my city money - the ferries that we already paid for and the shopping that people aren't doing today - and that I may not be able to come in to work and therefore lose a day's pay.

I got a tiny raise this year ($1/hour). My husband - he's doing a job that's making his manager "ecstatic" - this is a quote. He's not getting a bonus; he's not getting a raise. He's keeping his job. He's not being laid off. And that's making *us* ecstatic. This is reality this year in NYC.

The transit workers deserve the raise. They deserve the benefits. They keep this city running - look at the panic and contingency plans caused by the strike. And it's a difficult job and they do it well, and courteously.

Just. Right now, I'm not sure it's possible.


It's sometimes hard to feel solidarity with strikes in basic services, because they have such an impact on a personal level. In some German cities there were public transport strikes today too (not here though). The negotiations between government and the union are still on-going, so it was just 24 hour (or sometimes shorter) warning strikes in selected places. For tomorrow they announced some airport strikes. In some cities garbage collection striked, in other places there where short strikes in water-traffic services (sluices and such), in the South also parts of public administration branches striked. All out strikes in public services are rare here, though, I think I can remember only one time that there was more than some short warning strikes within the local public sector. But when they happen they have the potential to become fairly disrupting in a lot of areas at once.