NJ Transit is proposing a fair hike to take effect by Oct. 1, and will vote on the measure in July. They recently held a series of public meetings for people to voice their opinion, most residents were very upset about the increase.
Working for the government including transit systems has long been viewed by African-Americans as an open pathway to the middle class, but the decline in public sector employment in recent years has contributed to the struggles of black communities.
Trumka likens the moment to the Pullman strike of 1894, when workers, seeing their earnings shrink to starvation levels after an economic depression, finally pushed back. “That’s like the point where we’re at right now in this country...,” Trumka said.
No Transit Hike
Fight the Hike seeks to prevent fare increases on New Jersey riders while protecting transit workers, counter any attempts to curtail or eliminate service and unite New Jersey for the single purpose of improving mass transit statewide.
The Executive Paywatch website, showed that in 2014, the average production and nonsupervisory worker earned approximately $36,000 per year, while S&P 500 company CEO pay averaged $13.5 million per year – a ratio which has grown to 373-to-1.
The Amalgamated Transit Union that represents RGRTA workers held a rally Thursday morning to protest the company's decision to end transportation for the Rochester City School District starting July 1. The move would cost nearly 150 workers their jobs.