Nov 16th, 2012
Since Hurricane Sandy, people in the Rockaways have been stranded without subway service. The TA decided to set up a shuttle service and offered our members the first shot at the work. No brainer, right? Help people in need, and get more work and overtime for our members.
But the Stand United team in OA turned the work down. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Stephan Thomas, on the other hand, said there are people who need our help, and we need the work. Hell yes, we’ll do it. We’re not crazy!
This has resulted in 6 months plus of overtime shuttle work for TA Surface, extended service for MTA Bus on existing routes, and a much-needed service to our fellow New Yorkers who are still suffering in the aftermath of Sandy.
If we had turned down the work, the TA would have brought in an outside contractor to do our work, and Local 100 would have looked terrible in the eyes of the community. Looks like all Samuelsen’s talk about building support from the riders is just that. Talk.
Yet somehow, Patafio and his gang are trying to turn this into a campaign issue. OK Stand United, you guys keep right on being selfish crybabies. Thomas and Transport Workers United are going to keep looking out for the members AND people who need our help.
Solidarity and common sense.
Two more reasons why it’s critical to