But not the bandits who control the New York transit system. Theyre already publicizing the new, higher priced subway token. The only thing left to be announced is the extent of the ripoff.
Why the new fare hike? Obvious, says Mayor Koch. The workers are striking for more money. But the minimum projected fare increase will be 20 percent, and the seventy-five cent fare would mean a 50 percent boost. Is that what theyre offering the workers? And werent they already planning to raise fares long before the strike?
Well, the subways and buses are losing money anyway, argues the Transit Authority.
But not everyones a loser.
Like, for instance, the bankers who organized the sale of the BMT and IRT subways to the city forty years ago. The banks obligingly loaned the city $310 milliona lot of bucks in those daysto buy the subways.
Well reportedly be making the final payment this June. With forty years of steady interest weve paid those original bonds several times over.
April 11, 1955
LIVERPOOL, March 30Dockers on Englands north-west coast return to work tomorrow after a victorious three-day strike which completely paralyzed the ports of Liverpool, Birkenhead and Manchester.
All but a handful of the 20,000 men employed on this waterfront stopped work as a swift and decisive answer to Arthur Deakin and the other bosses of the Transport and General Workers Union.
As reported in previous issues of the Militant, the leaders of this most bureaucratic of British trade unions have been fighting desperately during the past six months to prevent the growth of the militant National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers Union.
Ever since the national dock strike last October, dockers in Merseyside and in Manchester have been leaving the TGWU in a steady stream and joining the NASDU. Six months ago not one docker in this area was a member of the blue" union, as the NASDU is popularly called. Now almost half of them have joined and the total continues to grow.
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