The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) seems to think it is fighting a revolution oin behalf of the working man, and that the oppressed masses will support them. They may be slowly discovering that they are seriously deluded. Ryan Sager of the New York Post notes:
Nowhere did the rhetoric get hotter than on a Web site that the TWU set up for the strike. There, as the sun came up on Tuesday, hundreds of anonymous New Yorkers logged on and sounded off about the TWU's decision to shut down the subways and buses.
The surprise (at least to the TWU): Opinions on the site ran roughly 4—to—1 against the union — which pulled the comments off the Web by Tuesday afternoon.
The strike is teaching New Yorkers and the nation that public employee unions are greedy and selfish. In a time when union—demanded wage and benefit packages are bankrupting some of the proudest names in American business, the idea of an 8% annual wage increase and retirement at 55 does not go down well with the public.
Jack Kemp 12 22 05