A taste of the future

By John Podhoretz, New York Post

There’s a major labor action going on in New York City, as the unionized drivers who man the city’s school buses have gone out on strike — making life immeasurably more difficult for 152,000 kids, their parents, their grandparents, their friends, their babysitters and everybody else in their lives.

You should watch this one closely, whether you have kids who’ve been kicked off a bus or not, because it’s a sneak preview of what is likely to be coming over the next decade in municipalities across the country.

This strike is going to go on for a long time. The only card the drivers have to play is the inconvenience card. They’re looking to make life so unpleasant that parents rise up and demand the city cave in.

Not backing down: School bus drivers, here picketing with allies in Queens yesterday, are trying to preserve an insanely expensive system.

The drivers have to do this because the strike itself is a desperation ploy. They don’t have a legal leg to stand on. Three court decisions in the past two years have made it clear the goal of their action — preserving certain “employee protection provisions” amounting to lifetime job security — is illegal.


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