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tylerdurden 12-20-2005 07:59 PM

NYC transit strike
 
Bloomberg today said that the transit workers' strike was crippling the city's economy (which is true), and blamed the union for (I'm paraphrasing here) stealing productivity from the city's people.

Hey Bloomberg, do you think the people of NYC are *entitled* to the labor of the transit union? That they should be forced to work?

The *real* blame, of course, lies with government. Government decided to put all the eggs in one basket and have a monopoly transit system. By eliminating any alternatives, the city put itself into a position to be blackmailed by the transit workers.

BCPVP 12-20-2005 09:05 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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The *real* blame, of course, lies with government. Government decided to put all the eggs in one basket and have a monopoly transit system. By eliminating any alternatives, the city put itself into a position to be blackmailed by the transit workers.

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Strikes can't occur against private businesses?

BadBoyBenny 12-20-2005 09:23 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
It's not the public/private issue he was referring to but the all the eggs in one basket issue. If there were multiple companies running various parts of the infrastructure, the strike would most likely be less encompassing.

PoBoy321 12-20-2005 09:24 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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Hey Bloomberg, do you think the people of NYC are *entitled* to the labor of the transit union? That they should be forced to work?


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Actually, there is a state law in New York which does make it illegal for them to strike.

RacersEdge 12-20-2005 10:14 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
The city just fined those lazy bastards $1 million. Hopefully, this will be a blow to all unions.

Dynasty 12-20-2005 10:32 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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tylerdurden 12-20-2005 10:43 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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Actually, there is a state law in New York which does make it illegal for them to strike.

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Yes. An oppressive law. How can legitimately you force someone to labor against their will?

tylerdurden 12-20-2005 10:46 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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Strikes can't occur against private businesses?

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Of course they can. In a unmonopolized market, though, a strike against a single business can't cripple the entire city. Further, the threat of a competitor snatching up marketshare while the stiking workers shut the company down gives management huge incentives to get the strike overwith (and the threat that the employer won't be able to recover if the strike lasts too long gives the workers huge incentives to get to agreement as well).

Dynasty 12-20-2005 10:51 PM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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Actually, there is a state law in New York which does make it illegal for them to strike.

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Yes. An oppressive law. How can legitimately you force someone to labor against their will?

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They're not being forced to work. They simply aren't being allowed to strike. They have the freedom to quite their job if they don't want it.

tylerdurden 12-21-2005 12:02 AM

Re: NYC transit strike
 
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Actually, there is a state law in New York which does make it illegal for them to strike.

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Yes. An oppressive law. How can legitimately you force someone to labor against their will?

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They're not being forced to work. They simply aren't being allowed to strike. They have the freedom to quite their job if they don't want it.

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Is there another (oppressive) law preventing them from being fired if they "strike" (as opposed to "not showing up")?


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