“Negotiations are give and take,” said Local 689 president and lead negotiator Jackie Jeter. “All Metro wants to do is take. There is no way that Metro will improve if it plans to do so by destroying the morale of its workforce while offering less service and higher fares.” Day-to-day service at Metro will not be affected by the negotiating impasse, the union said.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 2001, more than 3,000 people died when suicide highjackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Among the dead in New York were 634 union members, the majority of them New York City firefighters and police on the scene when the towers fell.
Today’s labor quote is by Edward Croker, Chief of the New York City Fire Department from 1899 to 1911. Edward Croker, who said:
“When a man becomes a fireman his greatest act of bravery has been accomplished. What he does after that is all in the line of work. They were not thinking of getting killed when they went where death lurked. They went there to put the fire out, and got killed. Firefighters do not regard themselves as heroes because they do what the business requires.”
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