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Both sides are close to a "breakthrough" in the Long Island Railroad labor dispute. Long Island commuters - whose side are you on, what do you make of the union demands? Call 212-433-9692...
With the weakening of unions the middle class has been devastated.
Benefits should not be free whether one works in the public or private sector, everyone should have to contribute to receive. If they don't, we, in this case taxpayers and riders, are paying for them. Monthly transportation costs on the LIRR and Metro North are quite high already. There is no guarantee of a raise in the private sector, employees are judged on their performance which is becoming more and more metric based. LIRR conductors earn very good livings for checking tickets, doesn't seem too tough to me.
They workers make more money then other railroad lines because they live in one of the most expensive cities in the country. A lot of people are working a ton of overtime which is why the numbers seem so high in the first place. And, it's a 17% over the span of several years. It's common in non-union jobs to get a 2 or 3% raise every year, it's no different. The media is misconstruing the numbers and leaving out the details...as usual.
people are missing the important point,here: who gives a rats bustier, about the particulars;the far bigger issue, is that there is a strong union representing well paid employees. [too well paid? what does that even mean,and even if they are,so what?!] why not pull others up to their level,instead of tearing LIRR union down to the masses of non-unionized people.
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