Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Court Fines Union

The New York Transportation Workers have been fined $1 million per day for their strike in New York City which began today. The judgement is being appealed, but this is a great sign. This type of behavior by unions needs to be broken up.
Bravo for our court system (for once!).


  • At 12/20/2005 4:38 PM, Blogger valley iconoclast said…

    fair for state to pass a law outlawing strikes by transportation workers thereby giving the state an advantage in negotiations, but unfair for union to strike and risk the fine. explain the logic.

  • At 12/20/2005 5:35 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    That mostly depends on your opinion of unions I guess.
    The purpose of unions is to give the employees a way to have their collective voice heard, not to hold a city hostage.

  • At 12/20/2005 5:35 PM, Blogger CR UVa said…

    I actually find this incident rather amusing. Not because of the people stuck walking to work but because of a conversation I had with a friend a few weeks back. He was arguing that we should have a universal public transportation system, almost entirely forsaking the automobiles that we have driven for the last century. Though I did not think of this argument at the time, it certainly is a strong one. At the very least, this may provide a lesson for people who believe the government should provide everything for us.

  • At 12/21/2005 12:09 PM, Blogger valley iconoclast said…

    The best thing about this is the psuedo-liberalism of NYC. I talked to a friend in the city about the strike and he claimed noew yorkers were pissed at the transit workers. I thought that was interesting because the Transit Authority has 1 billion dollars in profits and the union just wants a part of that and to keep the employee on the same level of health insurance.

    As far as the purpose of the union, collective bargaining only works if there is a legitimate threat of a strike, without it what incentive does the city have to bargain. The union should pay the fine but stay of the job through the holidays to prove their point.

    I suspect that New Yorkers largely support universal healthcare. I find it odd that they would oppose workers getting coverage. I guess if it inconveniences them that screw the workers. Personally, I love the strike, shows the city how important these workers are. Lends support to the argument that the worker's are worth more than they are getting paid.

  • At 12/21/2005 7:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    You make a very good point, but things such as this may prove the opposite. NY is a very pro-union state. That could all change if this type of thing happens often enough.
    Also, the city hasn't shut down without these workers. I would argue this strike has provwen people don't absolutely need them.

  • At 12/23/2005 9:04 AM, Blogger valley iconoclast said…

    ask a new yorker whether they need the transit workers


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