Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Oy Vey: A New York City Transit Strike
I live in Queens, NY and commute by public transportation to Newark, NJ where I work at a university. I take the subway to Penn Station and then New Jersey Transit to Newark. I have decided to stay home and use vacation time instead of trying to drive in. I would have to go across the Whitestone Bridge to the Cross Bronx Expressway to the George Washington Bridge. Traffic is tough enough on a normal working day. It would be impossible during a transit strike. For 13 years I have schlepped by public transportation to my job. Over that time period I've had an exemplary record of attendance and punctuality. On snowy mornings I have arrived much earlier than people who live in New Jersey and drive to work. For once I have decided to put my personal needs ahead of my job which I have grown to hate. 13 years of loyalty and excellent service did not qualify me for any kind of promotion. I have plenty of vacation time which I can use for this strike. I would rather lose this time than aggravate myself trying to fight the traffic. I understand the Transport Workers need for a fair and equitable contract. Striking and imposing a hardship on 7 million New Yorkers is not the way to solve a labor dispute. Under the Taylor law the union will be heavily fined for this illegal strike. Let's hope for a short strike.