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Seeing all those "picketers" I had to chuckle, they look like the "march of the unemployed". I could understand if it was a pay issue or bad working conditions - but these guys are well paid, have retirement benefits 2nd to none and killer health bene's. Their major complaint: "we don't get respect that we deserve" -
i'm not sure, but isn't there a law against firing people who went on strike dating back to liek forever ago?
Not if the strike is illegal. But you can't just fire them anyway. Just think how many employees this amounts to in a city like NY, and how much time it would take to train the new workers. Besides, the latest polls indicate the city is divided almost in half about this, so you probably won't get the numbers you'll need to replace everybody. It'll be faster to go through the now required binding arbitration process since they've already determined that negotiations are at an impasse. The employees are not without risk either . . they are in danger of being fined as well for every day they don't come to work. Either way, I've heard that nothing is happening till Thursday.
Government employees should never have the ability to strike. They are in the unique position in which they can influence management by lobbying during the election cycle. So my advice, fire them all. recruit anyone with the appropriate skills, train the willing who don't have a cdl etc... at best NYC has at least 5% unemployment rate. give them all transit jobs and they will love you forever.
Unions have thier place, but most unions have far exceeded thier intended purpose and have become job guarentees for worthless people. If I can't do my job I expect to be fired. Fortunately I do my job very well so instead I am rewarded with payraises. I don't have to threaten to not work in order to get them. I just do a good job.