Thursday, December 22, 2005

MTA Backs Down on Pension Proposals: TWU Executive to Vote on Proposal

Transport Workers Union leaders today agreed to take a proposal to their executive board aimed at ending the strike. These new proposals came out of discussions with state mediators. The cutbacks proposed by the MTA in the union pension system have been taken off the table. Meanwhile, the MTA are threatening to impose jail time and huge monetary fines on TWU leaders in an effort to break the union and the strike. Corporate media outlets and their business counterparts have denounced the transport workers as "thugs, rats and selfish." Roger Toussaint responded by recounting the heroic struggles of the civil rights movement evoking Rosa Parks and others who stood down threats and possible imprisonment in order to win gains in the struggle for human rights.

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