Did your subway or bus commute seem a little slower than usual today? It's possible there really wasn't "train traffic up ahead"—apparently the Transit Workers Union wants to give the MTA (and riders) hell because the agency won't pay arbitrator-decided raises. And a text message last week suggested that workers were advised to "slow it down" today.
Over the summer, an arbitration panel ruled that the union could get 11% raises over three years, but the MTA won't pay them. TWU Local 100 acting president Curtis Tate said, "This time we followed the rules. This time we did exactly what they said we should do. And what did they do? Because they didn't like the way it turned out, they want a do over. You don't get do overs."
The Daily News reports, "Strikes or slowdowns are illegal under the state's Taylor Law, and the MTA in the past has responded with court orders mandating the union to obey," but of course, the 2005 strike happened anyway. The MTA said, "Obviously, we are prepared" for a potential slowdown, but what does that really mean, when your commute ended up taking twice as long?