Saturday, December 24, 2005

NY strike

NY Strike over: The fascinating saga of a strike that crippled New York is drawing to an end. It truly is a remarkable testament to the courage of workers and union leaders in the face of massive fines and a hostile, state employer. In my mind, there are several interesting points about this: - Workers in a First World country broke the law to strike - The transit union members truly bought the city to its knees, something every unionist dreams of - The workers apparently put their placards down and started work again the moment the strike was ended, illustrating the fascinating nature of people power - they shut the city down, now they are getting it back up, just like that... - The economic implications of the strike are massive, and at a time just before Christmas... And, as always, there were unhappy members: those who felt the strike should have gone on longer, and those who felt it should have been shorter (or not at all).


Blogger Maria von Trapp said...

good on them. sometimes it's only through an illegal strike that things actually change.

If enough people behave illegally then the system is fucked, and has to change. Think about the Blackball Miners strike.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Abdul el Razir said...

you say that "those who felt it should have been shorter (or not at all)", however in this context i do not think that height has anything to do with industrial action on this scale

11:27 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

The economic implications have indeed been massive. The impending Christmas made it significant.
Keep writing!!

This is Nancy from Israeli Uncensored News

5:56 PM  

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