The two-day-old NY transit strike is officially at an "impasse" and neither side seems to have the smarts, strength or savvy to solve the problem.
In my opinion, Messrs. Pataki, Bloomberg, et al, should take a page out of the Gipper’s play book and start acting like genuine leaders.
Back in 1981, our nation’s air traffic controllers did exactly what New York transit workers did yesterday: they walked out. But, unlike his contemporary counterparts, Reagan didn’t equivocate or rattle his saber. He gave the striking workers 48 hours to return to work or risk losing their jobs. The controllers held fast and so did Ron. He replaced them with management personnel and military air traffic controllers, while simultaneously initiating a nationwide job search for a whole new group of controllers to fill the vacated positions. It worked. The nation’s air traffic system continued to function and life went on as usual (except that tens of thousands of air traffic controllers found themselves permanently unemployed with no transferable job skills).
As Reagan might say if he were alive today, "Mr. Bloomberg, tear down those picket lines." Let’s give the transit workers 48 hours to get back on the job or risk losing their livelihoods. In the meantime, let’s get management personnel lined up and beg, borrow or steal qualified transit workers from other sources (i.e. Other cities, etc.).
It’s high time our leaders stopped allowing unions to hold our country and its economy hostage.