Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash
New York City Transit Union Threatens Strike Over Token Wage Offer
New York City Councilperson Charles Barron
Ed Ott , Public Policy & Worker Education Director, NYC Central Labor Council
Arthur Schwartz, Counsel for Transport Workers Union Local 100
Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, City Univeristy of NY

Despite a greater than $1 billion budget surplus, the New York City's Metropolitian
Transit Authority has offered the Transport Workers Union Local 100 a 3% wage
increase tied to givebacks in pension and health care for newly hired workers.
Local 100 is threatening a citywide transit strike this coming Tuesday despite New
York State's draconian Taylor Law outlawing public employee strikes. This action would
grind the City to a halt. Outraged by Authority's paltry offer which would barely keep up
with inflation and sacrifice the next generation of workers , unions and community
suporters from throughout the city are joining Local 100 in solidarity. Many blame
Governor Pataki's national ambitions for the intransigence of this Authority over
which he holds sway.

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