Subject:

Roger Toussaint

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    Elena Kagan and Family: Best of the Upper Left Side, with a Pro-Union Brother

    ​It's about time that a child of Manhattan's Upper Left Side was nominated for the Supreme Court. There is no better school for debate than the corridors of upper Broadway and the aisles of Zabar's, where the opinions are stronger than the garlic bagels. Obama nominee Elena Kagan, 50, has imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Insurgent John Samuelsen Beats Toussaint Loyalist in Bitter TWU Election

    ​When Roger Toussaint, President of Transit Workers Union Local 100 during the 2005 subway strike, left his duties in February to work for the international TWU, he handed them off to Curtis Tate, vice president for the Rapid Transit Operations Division. Toussaint backed Tate for election to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Stop the Presses: A Murdoch Apology

    Not that he needs any help from us spreading the word, but anyone who long ago foreswore the New York Post at a newsstand or in cyberspace because of its many outrages, might be interested to take a gander at Rupert Murdoch's apology in today's paper for last week's wretched monkey cartoon:"Last wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    MTA Hearings, Like Subway, Overcrowded with Long Delays

    Nearly 100 people remained outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike hearing in Manhattan almost an hour after it began on Wednesday evening, their wait caused by stepped-up security measures and what appeared to be the authority's failure to anticipate the crowd. "We've recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2006

    Peace March: Cindy & Jesse Do Broadway

    As this blogger blogs, a large (nobody can say how big) peace procession is winding its way down Broadway to Foley Square with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Cindy Sheehan at its head, organized labor as its backbone, and folks from Vermont and California in its midst. At 1 p.m and 10th Street, org ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2006
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    April 25, 2006
  • News

    April 25, 2006

    A Day Without White People

    On May Day, the masses rose up in New York. But where were the white peaceniks?

  • News

    April 4, 2006

    'This Is the Time to Rise'

    Immigrants march, plan May 1 strike

  • NYC Life

    March 28, 2006

    Malice's Restaurant

    What Rao's and a gangster-run school bus drivers' union have in common

  • NYC Life

    February 28, 2006
  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Toussaint's Transit Trauma

    Union big walked a tightrope between enemies abroad and at home

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    The Fonz's Pitch

    Open door policy

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2006

    NYC Transit Workers Reject Contract

    By the itsy-bitsy margin of seven votes out of 22,000 cast, the city's transit workers have narrowly rejected the proposed contract that they went on strike last month to win. Friday was the deadline for union members to turn in their ballots. The move means Transit Workers Union Local 100 presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2005
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    December 29, 2005
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    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • News

    December 27, 2005
  • Blogs

    December 23, 2005

    Welcome Back, "Terrorists" and "Thugs"

    The strike is over and the media reaction to it can be summed in a phrase: Minority workers are evil doers. When Transit Workers Union 100—a majority Caribbean-Latino-Asian-African American local—walked off the job, the media immediately fused images of criminals and terrorists with the pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Back to Work? On the Brink Again

    Not much changed at the picket line outside the 240th Street yards after the news broke late Thursday morning that Roger Toussaint wants to send his members back to work. The guys still circulated in a small driveway under the last stretch of elevated 1 train in the Bronx. There were bagels and coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    A Union Town Loses Patience With the Strike

    From all reports, one of the more common sentiments expressed by strike-bound New York commuters—along with "Is it worth taking the LIRR to Jamaica?" and "I can't feel my fingers!"—has been that the transit workers, regardless of whether they deserve a better contract, are being selfish in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Remember the Stadium? Unions do

    Lingering anger over the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's dream of building a colossal stadium on the West Side to host the Jets and the 2012 Olympics is now complicating efforts to forge labor solidarity on behalf of the striking transit workers. Bloomberg's push to build the billion-dollar edifice alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Socialists, Scabs, and the "Union Soul"

    It was around 2:30, with the fire in the wastebasket slowly consuming a long wood plank, that the Workers Vanguard caused problems for the picket line at the 207th Street transit depot on 10th Avenue. A trio of socialists was distributing leaflets demanding "Victory to the Transit Workers Strike" an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Strikebound

    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Union's Family Spat

    As if the striking transit workers didn't already have enough enemies, bad blood between Transport Workers Union Local 100 and its national parent body spilled over into a Brooklyn courtroom today where a lawyer for the national union condemned the ongoing walkout as unreasonable and unauthorized. A ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    December 20, 2005

    WWRTD: Or, What Would Roger Toussaint Do?

    Mr. Toussaint, how will you purchase your Christmas ham?

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Mayor Mouth

    Tabloid Bloomy Goes Thuggy, Trades Big Schtick for Big Stick

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Fault Line

    Deal or no deal, transit workers want more respect, less punishment

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit Talks: Death Un-Benefit

    It's no mystery that the transit contract talks are bogged down over the MTA's proposal to require future workers to wait until age 62 rather than 55 to receive full pensions. As people live longer, public and private sector employers are trying to limit their obligations to retirees. But not everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit: Wage Rage

    As transit talks wound down to another midnight deadline tonight, Transport Workers Union president Roger Toussaint softened his wage demands this morning, but observers said that there's still been little progress at the bargaining table with management negotiators. Toussaint's comments appeared ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Tick Tock Transit

    Transit union leader Roger Toussaint took time out from last-minute contract bargaining this evening to fire up his troops for what he suggested was a likely strike. "As we stand here right now, with six hours to go, things do not look good," Toussaint told a throng of several thousand members and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    Labor Pain

    Transit workers leader Roger Toussaint is already up against the MTA's prickly negotiators, the mayor's lawsuits, and a clock that is rapidly running out. But he's also got something else to worry about: a vice president of his own union local who is a longtime disciple of Independence Party guru Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    Transit bump in the road

    The city's dicey transit union talks descended into a game of cat and mouse this afternoon as Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Peter Kalikow insisted he had already put his best offer on the table, and suggested that he might declare that the talks are at an impasse. The last wage off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • Screens

    December 13, 2005
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    December 2, 2005

    Labor Bigs Hit NYU

    Striking NYU grad assistants and backers rally on Friday (Photo: Holly Northrop/hnorthrop.com) In a show of labor unity, an array of the nation's most powerful union leaders-representing both sides of the split that divided organized labor this summer-rallied in support of striking New York Universi ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Helping Bloomberg?

    Fulani aide sues union

  • News

    December 30, 2003

    Getting Better All the Time

    Inside New York's Quiet Success Stories

  • News

    November 11, 2003

    Taken for a Ride

    Transit Union Leaders Find an Old Real Estate Deal Smells

  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Transit Hurrah

    The People Who Stood Up to the MTA Bullies

  • News

    April 15, 2003

    Harlemites March

    Anti-War Rally Eyes Troubles at Home

  • News

    December 24, 2002

    The Double Standard

    While Unions Are Scrutinized, MTA Bigs Get Free Ride

  • News

    December 24, 2002
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    December 17, 2002

    Toussaint's Transit Express

    All It Took Was a Little Respect

  • Specials

    January 16, 2001
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    December 12, 2000
  • News

    November 21, 2000

    Underground Rumblings

    A Modern Militant Vies to Revive the Transit Union

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