NYC Grassroots Organizations are
joining the fight for Transit Workers Rights!
To keep posted visit our website at:
http://nycsupportstwu.blogspot.com/

SUPPORT THE TRANSIT WORKERS!

1. Rallies in solidarity with striking workers, Thursday, December 22
2. Boycott New York Post advertisers; demand criminal investigation of MTA
3. Call MTA and office of George Pataki
4. Possible jailing of TWU leaders--come to court, Thursday, December 22
5. Toussaint to Bloomberg: You are Shaming NYC
6. Online Petition

1. There will be simultaneous rallies in support of the transit workers and their right to strike on Thursday, December 22 on both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge, 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Bring signs, placards and noisemakers and stand with the TWU. More information at (212) 633-6646.

2. The blaring front page headline of the December 21 New York Post called the transit workers "rats". TOPLAB calls on the city's trade unions, the labor community and people of goodwill to initiate a boycott of both the New York Post and any company that advertises in that rag. The real rats are Kalikow, Pataki, Bloomberg and their ilk, not the honest and decent people who do the day-to-day running of our subways and buses. We further hope that labor will issue a call for an independent commission to investigate the MTA, the Governor and the Mayor to determine the extent of State and City malfeasance, impropriety and possible criminal collusion in the handling of the strike and the events leading up to it.

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3. Sent by Bill Henning, Vice President, CWA Local 1180
December 21, 2005


This morning TWU Local 100 posted the executive office numbers of the MTA and Governor Pataki--I called both numbers--they're not the usual comment lines but the actual executive offices, and the staffers seemed surprised to receive calls there, which is what we want. Don't let them transfer you to the comment line--tell them what you think.

Please take a moment today to call the numbers below to tell the MTA and the governor that you see the strike as THEIR fault, and that you expect them to give the workers what they demand, protect their pensions, and settle this strike!

MTA: (212) 878-7274
Governor Pataki: (518) 474-7516


Bill Henning
Vice President
CWA Local 1180
6 Harrison St.
New York, NY 10013

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4. Sent by Ronald B. McGuire, Esq.
December 21, 2005

URGENT UPDATE:

The New York Times reports that New York State Supreme Court Judge Theodore Jones has ordered TWU President Roger Toussaint and the top leaders of Local 100 to appear in room 227 of Kings County Supreme Court tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:00 am. The Times reports that Judge Jones said he wants the union leadership in court tomorrow because he is considering sentencing them to jail for calling the strike.

See http://tinyurl.com/bav54/ or
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/21/nyregion/nyregionspecial3/21cnd-strike.html

WHAT CAN WE DO?

1. COME TO COURT: Room 227 is the biggest court room in Brooklyn. It seats several hundred people. The hearing is open to the public. Kings County Supreme Court is at 360 Adams Street, near Borough Hall. The main entrance is on Court Street at Montague Street. There is another
entrance on Adams Street. The Court is only a few blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge. People coming from Queens, East New York or Bed/Stuy can take the Long Island Railroad to the nearby [Flatbush Ave. stop] Brooklyn Terminal at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues [one mile walk/bike].

2. COME TO COURT EARLY TO MEET THE PRESS: The media has been crucifying the union and trying to portray the image that the public is against the strike. Tomorrow will be an excellent opportunity to meet the press before the court hearing and make statements of support and solidarity with the strikers and their union and to show the transit workers that they are not in this fight alone.

3. CONTACT ELIOT SPITZER: Attorney General Spitzer is representing the
state in the lawsuit before Judge Jones. According to the Times Spitzer
has not yet said he supports imprisoning the union leadership. Convince
Spitzer that jailing the union leaders will create chaos and make
negotiations impossible. More importantly, tell Spitzer that you will
not vote for him for governor if he does not oppose jailing the union
officials. Spitzer's phone number is (212) 416-8000 and his website URL
is http://www.oag.state.ny.us/online_forms/email_ag.jsp

In Solidarity,
Ron McGuire

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5. Toussaint to Bloomberg: You are Shaming NYC

Transport Workers Union Local 100
December 21, 2005
http://twulocal100.org/index.asp?Type=B_PR&SEC={935B2C90-91BF-46F4-A7A0-26E576FF26B5}&DE={6784669E-BE6F-4F41-A89C-2691ED8E5910}


Statement by Roger Toussaint

Toussaint to Bloomberg: You are Shaming NYC

Yesterday you used your position as Mayor of New York to call us "thuggish"and "selfish." How dare you?

Our children turn on the TV to see the Mayor denouncing their parents as "morally reprehensible." Have you no shame?

As you know better than most, this strike was forced on us by the MTA. You know this because you share much of theblame. It is your provocative rhetoric about what givebacks we transit workers must accept for the next generation of transit--our children and new immigrants--that has pushed our members beyond the limits of their patience.

You all but demanded this confrontation, and now you act angry and surprised. You owe all New Yorkers an apology for poisoning the atmosphere around difficult labor negotiations.

You call us "irresponsible." New York City and New York State have slashed their subsidies for mass transit. Mayors and Governors have created a seemingly permanent Structural Deficit for transit which much be filled by costly borrowing. Wall Street has profited, but Main Streethas suffered. But you knew that already from your previous career. Now that the debt-servicing bill has come due, the MTA demands that we pay the price: worse health care and worse pensions.

But what about our conducting an "illegal" strike? What about the law? You are all over the media with high-minded talkabout "illegal" behavior, castigating criminals and screaming that no one is above the law. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. You must hope everyone has forgotten your biography: "Bloomberg on Bloomberg." You boast on Page 59 on how you started your rise to great wealth, great enough to enable you to buy the Mayor's office twice. You set up your office "...all without permission, violating every fire law, building code and union regulation on the books."

I guess illegality is in the eye of the beholder. A confessed lawbreakerhas the gall to lecture 34,000 hard working people whose only crime is standing up for their families and for dignity and respect on one of the toughest, most dangerous jobs in New York.

Stop using transit workers as a punching bag to undo decades of pension gains for city workers. Stop demonizing transit workers in the eyes of the public.

Stop bullying and start acting like the Mayor you promised to be.

from:
Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB)
451 West Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 924-1858
toplab@toplab.org
http://www.toplab.org

6.
Hi Friends,

I have just read and signed the petition: "People for TWU Local 100"

In light of the negotiation breakdown between the Mass Transit Authority (MTA) and the members of Transit Workers Union Local 100, the union members are striking for fair wages, sound pensions, and health plans. This strike has shutdown NYC's public transit system, virtually paralyzing NY.

Despite the negative press, the public denouncements from NY's elected officials, and the huge legal penalties imposed on them, the hard-working people are in full support of their efforts.

Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. Please sign here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/573666744

Thanks!

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