26 Total Quotes

Roger Toussaint Quotes

I will do 30 years before transit workers surrender. Working people have tried to obey the law, and we have gotten nothing but insults for it.
Roger Toussaint
#Law

This is a fight over whether hard work will be rewarded with a decent retirement.
Roger Toussaint
#Hard Work

New Yorkers, this is a fight over whether hard work will be rewarded with a decent retirement, a fight over the erosion or eventual elimination of health benefit coverage for the working people of New York, it is a fight over dignity and respect on the job.
Roger Toussaint
#Hard Work

We will not delay this deadline.
Roger Toussaint
#Delay

The struggle and defiance and unfortunately sacrifice will be required and will occur and judges need to understand that, the courts need to understand that and the lawmakers need to understand that.
Roger Toussaint
#Defiance

An agreement will never ever, ever, ever be resolved by fear and intimidation.
Roger Toussaint
#Agreement

There has been no progress whatsoever.
Roger Toussaint
#Progress

We have no progress to report. That's not good because we have precious little time before the deadline approaches.
Roger Toussaint
#Progress

We have no progress to report, and that is not good.
Roger Toussaint
#Progress

Unless there is a substantial movement by the authority, trains and buses will come to a halt as of midnight tonight.
Roger Toussaint
#Authority

We do not appreciate being threatened on public television nonetheless and in front of our children. Even if the governor needs this to appear to be tough to the nation for his own political ambitions, it's inappropriate.
Roger Toussaint
#Children

It is a fight over dignity and respect on the job. To our riders, we ask for your understanding.
Roger Toussaint
#Dignity

We thank riders for their patience and forbearance. We will be providing various details regarding the outcome of this strike in the next several days.
Roger Toussaint
#Patience

We thank our riders for their patience and forbearance.
Roger Toussaint
#Patience

We wake up at 3 and 4 in the morning to move the trains in this town. That's not the behavior of thugs and selfish people.
Roger Toussaint
#Morning

I'd like to thank all the members of Local 100 for their unerring supporting and perseverance in the course of these very difficult past few weeks. We'd also like to thank the riders and working people of New York for their patience, forbearance and understanding, for the equally difficult time spent by this entire city.
Roger Toussaint
#Perseverance

We extend thanks to our riders and to our members for the support that they have received in the last couple of weeks of difficulty.
Roger Toussaint
#Support

The members came to doubt that the key benefits of the deal would be forthcoming.
Roger Toussaint
#Doubt

They're not going to force a lousy contract down our throats. We have told them from the beginning that this contract will be negotiated by bargaining in good faith and not by threats and not by intimidation.
Roger Toussaint
#Beginning

We tried to bargain with the MTA. We negotiated well past our contract deadline because we wanted to get a deal done and we still do.
Roger Toussaint
#Past

We tried to bargain with the MTA. We negotiated well past our contract deadline because we wanted to get a deal done, and we still do.
Roger Toussaint
#Past

We are not thugs. It points to the problem at the MTA that is shared by the city fathers and the state fathers. ... We find it extremely regrettable.
Roger Toussaint
#Fathers

This is a fight over dignity and respect on the job, a concept that is very alien to the MTA. Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected.
Roger Toussaint
#Dignity

The Local 100 executive board has voted overwhelmingly to extend strike action to all MTA properties immediately.
Roger Toussaint
#Action

My message is let transit workers decide and determine their own fate. Don't get involved in the business and affairs of our union. If you make a deal, stick to it.
Roger Toussaint
#Business

I stand here today because a judge has found me guilty of contempt of court. The truth of the matter is that I have nothing but contempt for a system that gives employers free rein to abuse workers.
Roger Toussaint
#Contempt