New York transit strike digest
In a scathing open letter, Steve Gilliard blasts the Mayor for calling the T.W.U. leadership "thuggish":
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
The members of the TWU are not thugs, they are the people who make New York work. They, not the bond traders or your employees, who are the heart and soul of the city. When they don't work, we feel it.
But you are using racial code words to demean the working class of the city. Men and women who work day and night, rain and snow and 100 degree heat. To demean them, to question their sincerity is offensive.
Maybe such language makes you feel like a big man, but to most New Yorkers, you might as well as called then ungrateful niggers.
Because the TWU is made of people who are New York's winners, people who graduated high school, served in the military and then came home to serve this city. To suggest that they are on par with the criminals who endanger their lives and the lives of riders is a grave insult. No other union has been so insulted and demeaned by the leadership of this state and city. Yet, they are to be bullied into going back to work? [...]
Steve's co-blogger Jen offers a dissenting view.
Scott Lemieux calls out the MTA's actuarial union-busting.
David Sirota explains why anti-strike legislation hurts workers by undermining the only real bargaining tool they have, not working.
Great strike post by Ian Welsh at BOP .
Matt Stoller offers a big picture perspective on Democrats and unions.