Like any transaction involving labor leaders, lawyers, and government bureaucrats, the NYC transit strike is handicapped by having the worst possible combination of people at the bargaining table.
Here's what I see as the ridiculous positions on both sides:
Here's my solution: The MTA should bump the raise up to 4% annually over three years. And the Transit Union should split the difference on the pension issue (say, retire at 60, rather than 62 as the MTA wants -- but not 55). The immediate gratification of a bigger pay raise should ease the pain of having to work until at least 60 like everybody else in the world, no?
Better yet, with the strike potentially costing the city an estimated $400M a day -- everybody gets to keep their jobs!
— R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading