Thanksgiving Is Ruined
December 22, 2005
Said welcome to the spirit of 196
Steve Gilliard made some very noteworthy points about the NYC transit strike.
From a different angle, historian Vincent J. Cannato and his researches into the 1966 NYC strike offer some additional grist for contemplation of the question of whether NYC's Powers That Be -- and their newspapers -- would have taken any kindlier view of the strike if the TWU's leadership spoke with an Irish brogue (as it did in 1966) rather than a Trinidadian accent (as it does now):
The city's editorial pages kept up a barrage against Quill and his union.
from Cannato's The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York.
Additionally, Cannato's book casts doubt on the proposition currently in circulation, of jailing the TWU's leadership (as was done in '66) as an effective way to break the strike:
Keeping Quill's associates in jail made them martyrs in the union's eyes, which they realized was a tactical advantage.
Patient in the bushes next to '7