As I predicted on the radio yesterday there is no unified Mass Transit subway and bus strike today and there never will be no matter how loudly the Transit Workers Union screams.
The Union lost the battle during the early morning hours of today and a “rolling strike” is like having no strike at all.
The MTA feigned a punch and the Transit Workers Union blinked. All day
yesterday we witnessed “Strike Threat Update” bugs positioned in the
corner of each local television station. Radio announcers breathlessly
relayed contingency plans and reported how there was no progress in the
Crises sell papers and cause television sets to be
turned on and watched. Strike threats are great for selling
advertising. Anyone who has ever negotiated a contract knows the
serious business only gets done in the last five minutes before talks
are scheduled to explode. It isn’t human nature to hurry something
unless there’s an emergency afoot.
You and I both know the
“negotiators” on both sides who have been meeting all week behind
“closed doors” have been playing Xbox360 games and watching War of the Worlds
together while the drama and the pre-planned promotion of innate
self-interests gave life to itself over and over again in the Press.
With lame duck incumbents like Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki, the
Transit Workers Union have no juice to threaten them in future
elections to get their help right now.
So, of course, the workers must
ultimately cave, the MTA will once again win big, and the rest of us
will witness yet another sad example of a once-strong union forced to
eat its own young. Unions haven’t been the same since Reagan busted PATCO
and being a union member today is unfortunately more a brand of the
martyr than the sign of a protected group of workers living in