Monday, December 19, 2005

Strike Blogging: A Fine Mess


The Strike by the Numbers
400,000,000 - daily cost to the city during the strike
7,000,000 - daily riders on New York's subways and busses
22,000,000 - amount the city is suing the TWU (per day) if a strike happens
62,000 - average salary of a subway and bus operator
32,000 - average salary for a person living in Brooklyn
36,050 - average salary for a person living in Queens
40,000 - average salary for a person living in Nassau County
38,000 - average salary for a person living in Suffolk County
25,100 - starting salary for a NYPD police officer
25,000 - daily fine for a striking worker
1980 - Last transit strike, which lasted for 11 days
50 - degrees on the first day of the 1980 strike (it will be 25 tomorrow)
5 - Shopping days left before Christmas

Mayor Mike has announced that if the TWU members walk off the job, the city will enforce the Taylor Laws which bar public employees from striking. Bloomberg has also went to a judge and asked for fines of $25,000 a day for each worker and $1,000,000 for the Union. The leadership of the Union could face jail time and the city might sue for damages. Enforcement could bankrupt the union.

Taylor Law - §210 1. No public employee or employee organization shall engage in a strike, and no public employee or employee organization shall cause, instigate, encourage, or condone a strike.
Bloomberg stated that a strike will cost the city an estimated $400,000,000 a day. The strike has already caused sales at local merchants to drop off 30-40% on Friday because of the looming strike.

The TWU has set procedures on the shutdown tonight on their website:

-Chain and lock each STATION TURNSTILE at 12:01 a.m. STAIRWAY GATES and HIGH GATES shall remain open to allow passengers to leave the system.
-REMAIN ON DUTY UNTIL PROPERLY RELIEVED BY A SUPERVISOR
-Members will not perform emergency services.
-NO BUS IS TO BE ABANDONED ON THE STREET AFTER THE STRIKE BEGINS.
Other Links
TWU Local 100 Site
Bicycling tips
NYC.gov Strike Info
Strike Blogging: Countdown to a Strike
It's a Strike
Strike Forecast: Sucky
Strike Blogging