No transit strikes or Kenny G

Two views of the New York City transit strike that went into effect this morning and conspires to keep PEEK holed up in a Brooklyn kitchen through the holidays.

Multimedia comes from Army's Robot via Gothamist. It includes video and audio of Roger Toussaint, the president of the Transit Worker's Union Local 100, including this quote, spoken in Toussaint's pleasing island accent:

"New Yorkers, this is a fight over whether hard work will be rewarded with a descent retirement; this is a fight over the erosion or the eventual elimination of health benefit coverage for people working in New York; this is a fight over dignity and respect on the job -- a concept that is very alien to the MTA."
Jen Chung, who has the meat of the disagreement and the major articles [HERE], writes: "This certainly marks TWU president Roger Toussaint as fierce and not backing down, something most of his union wanted from him."

AlterNet's Executive Editor, Don Hazen, responds to a reader [HERE].

AlterNet Contributing Editor, Deanna Zandt, weighs in on MTA corruption [HERE].


Gawker, your one-stop transit strike headquarters for snark, is looking at the bright side:
"Days like today remind you of the advantages of living under a totalitarian regime. When no one has the right to free speech, or to assembly, or to association, or to control his own labor, at least the trains always run more or less on time. (In Soviet Moscow, the subways arrived every 90 seconds! Or something like that.)
Entirely unrelatedly, CNN this morning reminds us of another totalitarian upside:

They also have some choice death-by-Craigslist posts:
Date: 2005-12-20, 3:33AM EST
I hope Bloomberg hits each TWU [Transit Worker's Union] family HARD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May all TWU homes burn to the ground for the holidays.
And the lowdown on the free coffee scandal:
The Red Cross is at the end of the Williamsburg bridge offering cookies and coffee in some sort of disaster relief “we’ll be there” cups. The Dunkin Donuts people down the street — not happy.
Of course, this silver lining’s touch of gray is that fucking Red Cross. Always trying to do good, even at the expense of coffee chains. Shame.
(Gothamist, Gawker)

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