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#OccupyWallStreet: Pining for the Fjords

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: A demonstrator ho...

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Fighting capitalism via iPhone, Facebook and Twitter is too stupid to take seriously

So, now we are in Week 3 of the protesters, occupying encamped on public private property in the Financial District, in order to protest against… well, pretty much everything, it seems (more here). Similar “actions” are forming in other cities, such as last week in Beantown. In NYC, the Transit Workers Union announced they are going to court to try to stop the city from using MTA buses to transport arrested protesters, as happened this past Saturday:

“TWU Local 100 supports the protesters on Wall Street and takes great offense that the mayor and NYPD have ordered operators to transport citizens who were exercising their constitutional right to protest – and shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place,” Samuelsen said Sunday night.

At least five empty buses were commandeered from terminal points on both sides of the bridge, Samuelsen said.

In some cases, MTA supervisors ordered drivers to follow the directive.

Local 100 has a recent history that is, let’s say, dubious. Their last attempt at civil disobedience ended up a colossal clusterfuck, as I chronicled at the time. But the union’s leadership has decided to support this protest against ______ [YOUR CAUSE HERE].

I think Local 100’s suit doesn’t stand a chance of succeeding, for the following reasons:

  1. New York City owns those buses;
  2. New York City employs those drivers;
  3. New York City decides allocation of its assets;
  4. New York City decides workers’ assignments;
  5. Don’t like it? Tough shit; your only option is to quit.
That’s why those MTA supervisors ordered drivers to follow their assignments. New York’s Taylor Law, legally, pretty much precludes any driver(s) from refusing (ie: striking) to follow his or her assigned duties.

Now then, back to the protesters Stupid Fucking Hippies (version 2.0). Read More ›

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