We are less than a week away from a transit strike in New York city. This Friday we could see 38,000 members of the Transport Workers Union walk off the job if a contract is not finalized. A strike will bring all city subways and busses to a stop at the height of tourist season.
The union is asking for 24% over three years (8% a year). The MTA offered 5% (3% this year and 2% next year), which the union rejected. The average worker can only expect 3.5% in 2006, according to the LA Times.
The effects of the looming strike can already be felt. I spent 30 minutes on a 10 minutes subway ride on the E train this morning. Each stop, the doors flew open and instead of the usual quick closing, the conductor held the doors for what seemed like an eternity. I spoke with co-workers who repeated similar stories from all over the city.
The NY Post reports that the TWU has put out a booklet that details how its members can cause havoc prior to the strike.
Do'sI have no idea what these mean, but for riders it appears to mean longer subway rides. Post any gripes about slow service below.
-Take full allotted time to prepare the train for service
-When the train goes BIE (break-in Emergency), check sufficient distance behind the train after walking around the train
-On yard moves, inspect all equipment and read the iron before moving train
-Release full-service break until you have solid indication.
-Second-guess signals. When in doubt, stop and call control center.
-Open train doors until the train has come to a complete stop.
-Leave the terminal without checking for strike marks and snow block.