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Will a Beseiged Bush Try to Break the NYC Transit Union?

Reported by Marie Therese - December 21, 2005

A couple of the News Hounds have been having an energetic back and forth discussion about whether or not President Bush will try to mimic Ronald Reagan and deflect attention from his wiretapping fiasco by invoking the Taft-Hartley Act in order to fire any NYC transit worker who will not come back to work.

Here in my home state of California Governor Schwarzenegger went down in flames because the unions - whom he was attempting tp "bust" - placed ads and went on marches, and within a month everyone in California knew that someone in their immediate lives was a union member, i.e., the classroom teacher, the cop on the beat, the firefighter on the red engine, the nurse taking their pulse and the men and women cleaning the streets, checking their groceries and delivering goods to the malls and restaurants.

Although all of the hounds support the concept of unionized labor, some of us think that, in the event the President does try something like this, the only answer for labor would be to call a national strike in solidarity with the New York unions, possibly coupled by a massive informational advertising campaign, similar to the one in California, the rationale being that Bush could not fire millions of workers at one time.

Others of us feel that the labor unions don't have the stomach for a national strike and that, if Bush does threaten the TWU in NYC, it will be the final nail in the coffin for the trade unions. Interestingly, destruction of labor unions is an old tactic used by a certain type of politician (e.g., Pinochet, Franco, Mussolini, Hitler) who tend to favor the interests of the corporations over those of the workers.

We'd like to hear what our readers have to say on this subject.

Do you favor labor unions? If so, why? If not, why not?

Do you think Bush will try to break the NYC TWU?

Do you believe, in the event Bush goes after the TWU, that other unions should call for a national solidarity strike? If yes, do you think they have the will to do it? If not, why not?

If the unions did call a national strike in sympathy, do you think it would work for or against them? Who would win? Bush or the workers?

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