Just a quick early morning post for all those concerned, the Transport Workers Union announced at 3 a.m. to strike effective immediately. More as it develops.


NYC Contingency Plans

What will you be doing about work?

UPDATE: Roger Toussaint's statement (Gothamist transcription): "This contract between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union should have been a no-brainer. Sadly, that has not been the case. Our contract expired on Thursday at midnight. In an attempt to save mass transit, and in deference to our riders, we postponed our deadline and attempted to continue talking to the MTA. From the beginning the MTA approached these negotiations in bad faith, demanding arbitration even before trying to resolve the contract. Hours before contract expiration the MTA got rid of its one billion dollar surplus. A surplus we believe is understated by some 100 million dollars. The MTA knew that by trying to reduce health and pension standards in the authority would be unacceptable to our union. They also knew there was no good economic reason for this hard line on this issue-- not with a one billion dollar surplus. But they went ahead anyway. And they did this because the Bloomberg administration wants to overrun all municipal labor unions of all city workers and impose reduced waged and gutted health care benefit plans. So this has been combined with an attempt by the MTA, joined by the mayor and governor, to threaten and intimidate our members and their families. New Yorkers: this is a fight over whether hard work will be rewarded with a decent retirement. It's a fight over the erosion of or eventual elimination of health benefits for the working people of New York. It's a fight over dignity and respect on the job-- a concept that is very alien to the MTA. Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected. Local 100 executive board has voted overwhelmingly to extend the strike option to all MTA properties immediately. All Local 100 stewards are directed to report to their assigned strike locations, picket lines, or location nearest you immediately. To our riders, we ask for your understanding and forebarence. We stood with you to keep token booths open, to keep conductors on the trains, to oppose fair hikes. We now ask you to stand with us. We did not want a strike, but evidently the MTA, the governor, and the mayor did. We call on all good New Yorkers, the labor community, and all working people to recognize that our fight is their fight and to rally in our support with activites and events in solidarity and to show the MTA that the TWA doesn't stand alone."

UPDATE: Craigslist NYC Rideshares-- lots of action.. People also massing at 96th Street trying to get into cars w/less than 4 people.