I support unions. I support collective bargaining. I even support crazy wacked-out demands (knowing eventually they'll be toned down to something more reasonable). But I don't support this strike.
It just gets me how ridiculous the Local 100 union leader, Roger Toussaint, is to call on a strike even though it's illegal and without the support of the parent union; plus they planned it during the time of year that it'll hurt people the most. And then there's all those fines. Who's going to pay for that? The union members, that's who.
Did you know that transit workers made more money than teachers, firefighters and police officers? (quote from Mayor Bloomburg)
And because I live in Brooklyn, for the past two days I had to haul my ass 3.29 miles to work and back.
That might sound like I'm complaining, because I am.
But I recognize some redeeming factors: I haven't been to the gym in a few weeks, so walking the 3 miles was welcomed. The view from the Williamsburg bridge is amazing in the morning early afternoon. The Red Cross had set up "disaster relief" triages at the ends of the bridges with free cookies and hot coffee/cocoa. (Note to self: get some Nestle Dark Chocolate Flavor Hot Cocoa Mix.)
And now I know exactly how your grandpa felt when he walked 3 miles to and from work everyday, uphill, and in ten feet of snow. Err, minus the snow part.
Delicious J. Tickle