Under NY law, actually 'we' do - the union workers cannot walk off the job for precisely the reasons that we are talking about - snarling up public transportation as a bargaining tool. So yes, the union workers do not have a plenary and unbounded right to do whatever they want.
Of course you can ask - I don't think anyone is suggesting that the union can't ask, they are criticizinf what the union is asking for.
Well, the first problem is that walking off is not a valid legal option. But beyond that, I think most critics are not discussing the validity of asking for more and more - in other words, the criticism is not what the union can, it is what the union should do. Big difference.
I am not seeing it.
I think you are right - if the city is complicit in digging this hole, we can't blame the union for getting all they can. But now that the city has wised up, it is in the lap of the union - and no one is buying that their demands are some kind of entitlement.
I understand you stirring the pot, but I don't see where people are arguing against their normal stance.
I agree - and now that the advantagee is tired of being taken advantage of, they are standing firm.