NYC Transit Strike, It’s all About Greed

Given today’s transit strike in NYC, I am pretty glad that I work from home even though I complain about it all the time. I’m not as affected by the strike as most people, since I ride the subway maybe once or twice a week and don’t have a need to get into Manhattan more than once a week.

I sympathize with the millions of new yorkers who are affected by the strike. Both the MTA and the workers union are being greedy. The MTA wants to hang onto the $1 billion surplus they generated this year, probably as a result of the recent fee hike that new yorkers have been paying for. The workers union wants pay raises and phenomenal health benefits for their workers, even though what they already have is some of the best in the city.

The estimate is that for every day the strike is on, New York City businesses will lose between $400 and $700 million dollars in revenue. This is ridiculous and completely unfair. The greed of a few people is outweighing the public need of millions. It is the people of New York City that are suffering and paying the price in the end. It is irresponsible and unethical for the union to strike, leaving millions of people out in the cold; struggling to get to work, hoping that the 5, 10 or 15 mile walk or bike ride to Manhattan doesn’t leave them in the hospital with pneumonia.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at December 20, 2005 12:37 PM