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Transit workers strike for dignity

Milt Neidenberg | A strike raises the potential for class-wide solidarity, while recognizing the struggle against racism and the right of the nationally oppressed to self-determination. Workers and the oppressed nationalities will be able to separate friend from foe. A strike makes it clear that class collaboration only serves the interests of the bosses, the government and the laws used against unions. Labor needs to build an independent movement free from the machinations of capitalist political parties. more...  0 Comments

RTW Strike Bulletin #2: Strike to Win!

Revolutionary Transit Worker | We must demand that Toussaint withdraw all offers of concessions. Now that we are on strike it only makes sense to stick to our guns and for once actually win what we deserve. The main demands that RTW has been championing since we hit the streets are still the minimal demands we must stick to in order to win: Amnesty from All Taylor Law Penalties! A Big Wage Raise! No Givebacks on Healthcare or Pensions! No Broadbanding–NONE! more...  0 Comments

new strike support logistics list

aaa | it's a low-volume list for practical and logistical content only. no articles or opinion posts. more...  1 Comments

Call for a General Strike to Support NYC Transit Workers

Nightwalker | Whereas: The Transit Workers of TWU 100 are on strike to defend their rights and dignity as workers in New York City.

Whereas: The Metropolitan Transit Authority currently has a billion dollar surplus and the State of New York is also running a budget surplus.

Whereas: The Metropolitan Transit Authority is headed by multi-millionaire real estate developer Peter Kalikow as part of a reactionary clique of anti-worker politicians which include NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NY State Governor George Pataki.

Whereas: Rather than using this surplus to negotiate a just settlement with TWU Local 100 the MTA demands concessions from the transit workers. more...  5 Comments

Photo Essay of NYC Transit Strike

Andrew Stern | A photo essay on events surrounding the transit strike organized by the Transit Workers Union Local 100. more...  0 Comments

Transit Workers Take Control

Bennett Baumer | At the Sunset Park picket line, P.S. 24 elementary students lined wooden horses and screamed “TWU” while striking transit workers filed passed, giving the kids high-fives like NBA stars. Passing motorists also honked in support, creating a cacophony of chanting children and cars.
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Beyond the Nickel and Dime: Transit Strike Is Our Strike

Jed Brandt | This is a battle for New York. Gentrification, "Giuliani Time," a billionaire mayor, the whole issue of who owns this city. If the TWU wins, we all do. And the effect won't just be in the paycheck of the workers directly involved, but in the capacity of everyday people to learn from their own experience that so much more is possible than what the bosses, media and "authorities" demand.

To read the full analysis with embedded links to background information, see Red Flags:
 http://burning.typepad.com/burningman/2005/12/transit_strike_.html more...  17 Comments

Charles Schwab,SRA International,Mantas Inc.,CIA and Bellador Group

Tony Ryals | Should the CIA be allowed to both invest in U.S. SECURITIES AND 'ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING' TECHNOLOGY OR A COMPANY INVOLVED IN 'AML' THAT COULD BE USED BOTH TO DETECT UNUSUAL ACTIVITIES IN STOCKS BUT ALSO TO COVER IT UP ? NOTE,MANTAS WAS IN CHARGE OF CHARLES SCHWAB'S ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING OPS WHEN JAMES DALE DAVIDSON OF AGORA INC.,BALTIMORE AND THE BELTWAY'S FAR RIGHT NATIONAL TAXPAYERS UNION PROMOTED THE FRAUDULENT ENDOVASC OF MONTGOMERY, TEXAS THROUGH AGORA INC.'S 'VANTAGE POINT' AND MILLIONS OF SHARES WERE DUMPED FROM A SCHWAB ACCOUNT.(I.E.ILLEGAL PUMP AND DUMP SCAM.)

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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Live Without Public Transit

Erin Siegal | General strike photos more...  0 Comments

FRom NYC to Iran, Attacks on Transit Workers:Solidarity Appeal from Tehran Transport Workers Sacked for Union Organising

Organise! - Ireland | Organising efforts by the Syndicate of Workers Of Tehran and
Suburbs Bus Company in the Vahed Bus Company have resulted in
the dismissal of 17 union activists.
The union is calling for solidarity in the face of what it describes as the
company's extremely harsh reaction to the workers organising
efforts. As well as the dismissals many have been harassed and have
undergone interrogations at the hands of the Company's security
forces. more...  0 Comments

Judge Theodore Jones threatens to imprison transit union leaders-and some COUNTERMEASURES

Luke from DC | The AP wires have reported that state Supreme Court judge Theodore Jones(let's find his home address...) is threatening union leaders with JAIL for defying the unjust law prohibiting strikes by transit workers. THIS OUTRAGE CANNOT STAND! While I write this from hundreds of miles away, I stand in solidarity with the striking transit workers and would do the same if the strike was in my home town. This being so, I offer here some ideas to chew over... more...  3 Comments

Victory to the Transit Workers Strike!

Workers Vanguard | In going out on strike for the first time in 25 years, Transport Workers Union Local 100 is challenging the Taylor Law and the repressive might of the capitalist government. Every working person -- in New York City and around the country -- every black person, every Latino, every immigrant has a direct stake in the outcome of this class battle. more...  0 Comments

"Their fight is our fight" - Support the TWU

Elizabeth | "I’ll be honest with you—last night, I wasn’t sure I wanted to strike," said a bus driver from the Manhattanville depot. "But today, being out here, I feel good, like a human being, seeing all the support we’re getting. I know we’re doing the right thing, and that we need to stand up and fight."
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To show that he was with the "people," Bloomberg—trailed by an entourage of bodyguards, aides and reporters—walked across the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan along with thousands of people heading to work. One problem with the photo op—Bloomberg doesn’t live in Brooklyn. He must have been driven there by limo so he could walk back across the bridge at rush hour. more...  0 Comments

In 1918, a Scab Motorman Caused Worst Wreck in Subway History

Steven Wishnia | The worst accident in the history of the New York subway system—the Malbone Street wreck of 1918, which killed at least 93 people—happened because an inexperienced strikebreaker drove a train too fast.
On Nov. 1, 1918, ten days before the end of World War I, motormen of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers went on strike against the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, the forerunner of the BMT. BRT officials decided to keep the trains running, using nonstriking workers to drive them. more...  3 Comments

From RTW Strike Bulletin #1: How Local 100 Won the Strike of ’66

Revolutionary Transit Worker | We must render the Taylor Law as useless as Condon-Wadlin, as nothing but a piece of paper that should be swept away along with all the bosses’ other threats. The fight begins with the demand for Amnesty From All Taylor Law Penalties – We Won’t Go Back to Work Without It! more...  0 Comments

From RTW Strike Bulletin #1: The First Great Battle of the 21st Century

Revolutionary Transit Worker | The bosses' message is clear: there will be no “American Dream” – future generations will have to work harder and longer for less and less, to keep up the bosses’ profits. Of course the “American Dream” has been a lie for most workers, and in this racist country it has been particularly so for most Blacks, Latinos and immigrants. Indeed the racist and anti-working class drives of the system are key to why Local 100 is being singled out for such attacks. more...  0 Comments

From RTW Strike Bulletin #1: One Scab and a Few Cowards

Revolutionary Transit Worker | Local 100’s ranks have stood united and strong against the bosses’ and politicians attacks. The Private Lines workers from Triboro Coach and Jamaica Bus Lines in Queens were particularly inspirational in going out on strike a day ahead of the rest of us. But not all our leaders have been so courageous. more...  0 Comments

Global Poverty Grows

Wolfgang Pomrehn | Free traders praise this globalization as a panacea for spreading prosperity and combating poverty. However employees are not harvesting the fruits of this development.. Half of the workers of the world do not earn enough to free themselves and their families from poverty. 1.38 billion workers earn less than two dollars per day. more...  0 Comments

From RTW Strike Bulletin #1: Local 100 -- United, Invincible!

Revolutionary Transit Worker | Picket lines are the backbone of our strike. Keeping them strong, in spite of fatigue and the bitter cold, is essential. But with the bosses and politicians escalating their attacks we need a plan to step our strike up. We must show we’re more committed than ever. more...  0 Comments

Brief Summation of the Contract, Taylor Law, and Strike

Sonali | I thought I'd put together an article that listed the basic facts of the contract, the Taylor Law, and the strikes. more...  1 Comments

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