I have a rule which is never to blog when I’m mad. It leads to all sorts of bad karma which I, and the cosmos, simply don’t need.
So, when I read this little nugget about how the dispatchers and supervisors union decided to stick it to us today with a cute little “sickout” because they’re not getting their 5.75% raise sooner than they wanted, well, the original post, well let’s just say I composed a rather rabid post.
Cooler heads and a couple of pints at the Blackthorn prevailed and now, I am trying something new to stick up for us, the MUNI riders and us, the San Francisco taxpayers.
I am openly challenging Transport Worker’s Union Local 200 President Glenda Lavigne to compose a short, concisely worded piece which I will publish in the alloted space to tell us, the taxpaying, MUNI riding public the following:
-Why this was such a great idea given that Proposition A is in trouble? Are you politically tone deaf or what?
-Why this was a good idea given that people compromised many reforms in proposition A to accommodate the union bosses’ wishes, only to see that goodwill kicked in the face with this action?
-How their demands for more money and cushy rules benefit us, the MUNI riding public?
-And finally, why it is they think this kind of action is somehow going to benefit MUNI reform and make MUNI better? How are those of us who don’t get automatic pay raises, union protection, and who pay the taxes that pay their big pay and pensions benefit from their selfish actions?
Rather than place blame or choose up sides, I’m offering a free space for Local 200 to speak up, justify their actions and engage in a free discussion with you, the readers at the N-Judah Chronicles. I’m sure that there’s nothing Local 200 would like more than a free forum to talk to you directly – so I’m providing it. I’m sure the free exchange of ideas with you the MUNI rider and SF taxpayer will be most illuminating and informative.
Here’s their response as of 10/18/2007:
If it’s blank, keep returning to the site. I’m sure they’re gonna respond any minute now!
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