This year has been a series of firsts for me, most of which have a hint of tragedy to them. This week was no different as the New York City MTA went on strike. As a result there were no buses, subway trains, ferries or shuttles running. The City was virtually paralyzed, and I was one of the many that were directly effected.
I could not get to work, no matter how hard I tried. I live in Manhattan and I work deep in Brooklyn, however the furthest I could get when trying to get to work was Penn Station (34th St., Manhattan). As a result I lost time and my company will not compensate me for the time lost.
I was a MTA strike supporter until it effected my family income. Thats when they lost my vote... I needed to get to work ASAP. The strike went from Tuesday to Thursday evening and today, Friday, I was able to make it in to work. But I lost all of my vacation time so instead of my holiday extending from December 26-30 I now have to go back to work on the 27th.
I work for New York City also, so I know how difficult it is to get what you want but c'mon. You guys screwed me over and I know I'm not the only one. Couldn't a partial strike have been just as effective. Well this just adds more support to my sentiment about us New Yorkers, that we are the "toughest Americans" out there!