Friday, February 10, 2006

TWU Local 100: Off Track and Busted

The NY Times is reporting today that the MTA and the TWU have reinitiated contract talks. The union is not in a good position because the rank-and-file rejection of the first pact has eroded their bargaining position. The MTA has made it clear that it will not accept any deal that "costs more than the one that was rejected."

Not only that, sensing the union's weakness here the Authority has, "proposed a considerably harsher contract..." and has left Local 100 in quite a pickle because the aborted strike has diminished the union's power and, making matters worse, union elections loom on the horizen. As Oliver (union members) would say to Hardy (Toussaint) "this is a fine mess you've got us into."