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The PATCO Solution

By on 12.21.05 | 8:56AM

We have been neglectful of our New York relations, leaving them to suffer the outrages of an illegal transit strike without comment. Let it begin here.

I was doubtful that the strike would go a second day. For that reason alone, I was opposed to the PATCO solution: fire every one of them who won't come back to work by tomorrow, and replace them starting tomorrow morning.

I was opposed to this because it will take a while to teach the new generation of Ralph Kramdens the routes the buses must travel. But how hard can it be? New Yorkers aren't being well-served by their governor and their mayor, who aren't taking as hard a line against the strikers as they could.

I haven't researched the law on this yet, but if the strike is illegal, why can't the judge order the workers back to work and jail the union leaders for contempt? Let's raise the heat on these guys, and start issuing pink slips at sundown.

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