Evan writes, "I do not understand why unions aren't considered illegal cartels." People don't seem to understand that, just the opposite, unions are favored under the laws. Without federal pro-union laws making unions possible (dating back to FDR and the New Dea), unions would be powerless.
Unions are good for their members. The guys driving the NYC buses are getting far better wages and benefits than they otherwise would. I'm surprised that more workers don't unionize considering how easy the laws make it for unions to form. Unions are like a huge gift from the 1930s that today's low wage workers don't even bother to take advantage of.
Evan also writes:
It's too bad that neither Mayor Bloomberg nor Governor Pataki have the power or the backbone to do what President Reagan did when PATCO--the (former) air traffic controllers union--went on strike. If the transit workers don't want to show up and drive the trains, then the MTA should be free to hire people who do.
I have to agree that these guys have no backbone. The voters would enthusiastically endorse any get tough actions. Everyone in NYC, even super-left wing types, are pissed at the transit workers.