Readers of this blog are aware of the total manipulative BS propaganda that is fed to the masses in order to influence them to support agenda's they would not ordinarily support.
Such is the case with Trimet's attempt to strip employee benefits from superior to below average. Never ending propaganda repeated over and over and over by the company and their co-conspirators in the mainstream media successfully turns public opinion against the employees which is turn weakens the employees resolve will lead to victory for the oligarchs in charge. While they shower themselves with raises to their already obscene six figure salaries they strip away the employees salaries by stripping away the benefits. More for them less for the workforce.
And now we have YET ANOTHER example of the TEMPLATE media campaign to destroy the union being followed in New Jersey. We already saw it during the BART action now here it is again in NJ.
It's exactly the same as what TRIMET has been using for years now. They all say the same thing they all want the same results, that is destruction of contracts that preserved good health benefits. All of them claim they are paying MORE THAN THEIR PEERS.
And the public swallows it hook, line, and sinker. The oligarchs successfully use envy of those that don't have against those that do, and its very effective.
Revenues from operations amount to less than half of NJ Transit’s
expenses; government sources largely cover the rest of its spending.
Christie took office criticizing the agency for its rich public
subsidizes and richer employee contracts, and cut the state’s $297
million appropriation to it his first year by $33 million. NJ Transit
responded by hiking fares a whopping 25 percent.
But the agency has continued to provide benefits and perks for
employees out of line with its budget. For every dollar it spends on
salaries, NJ Transit spends more than 80 cents on fringe benefits; its
average cost of employing a worker is about $100,000 a year.
It’s also spending nearly $40 million a year on a benefit long gone in
most of the private sector — health insurance payments for retirees.
NJ Transit’s real jam: workers’ benefits | New York Post