2002-12-21 / Editorial/Opinion

Opening Up The Flood Gates

Opening Up The Flood Gates

New York City was able to breathe a sign of relief this week after the MTA and Transit Workers Union hashed out a deal to avoid a transit strike. While the problems seem to have been resolved between the two entities, at least for the next three years, the situation has forced a number of New York City residents to ask an important question. Will this settlement force other city employees to challenge the Mayor and other city agencies in order to obtain higher wages and more benefits? Some argue that if the city is so broke, how were the MTA and TWU able to reach an agreement? Now that most of the TWU requests have been met, other city employees may feel that the Bloomberg administration has hidden money that they are not being told about, and they may consider striking in the near future as well. The fact that transportation in the city will remain in effect is a good thing. However, one has to wonder how other city employees who continue to battle for higher wages are feeling in the wake of this settlement. More importantly, will they step forward to claim what they feel is rightfully theirs at a time when the city is being pushed to the edge of bankruptcy?

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