Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The local TWU is on its own.

Nation: According to a report on MSNBC, the international and national branch of the TWU got dragged into court about the strike done by the local branch. They both turned on the local.

"Infighting between two transit workers unions flared during a Downtown Brooklyn court hearing, when the parent union said it should not be held responsible for this morning's debilitating strike. Lawyers for the Transport Workers Union of America, TWU Local 100's parent union, told a Brooklyn judge that they are not fiscally liable for the strike because they do not support it. Michael O'Brien, the president of the parent union, had warned TWU Local 100 President Roger Toussaint that he could not support a strike because he believed the MTA's offer last night represented real progress. The state attorney general's office appeared to agree with the parent union as State Supreme Court Justice Theodore Jones heard from the MTA and union lawyers during a contempt hearing. As the lawyers tried to make their case in court, O'Brien met with his union board in Midtown to plot a way out of having to pay debilitating fines. In court, Judge Jones rejected TWU Local 100 requests to delay the contempt hearing and their request for a jury trial. Digging in for a prolonged trial, the TWU Local 100 began calling witnesses to prove a pattern of the MTA negotiating in bad faith. The 33,000 members of Transport Workers Union Local 100 deserve a "very potent fine" for their 3:00 a.m. walkout, said James Henly of the state attorney general's office, representing the MTA. Henly cited the "economic and social cost" of the strike. City officials estimate the walkout will remove $400 million a day from city coffers. "
Judge issued an injunction.
State Supreme Court Justice Theodore T. Jones issued a pair of preliminary injunctions against the Transport Workers Union Local 100 aimed at preventing the walkout. The city's lawyers are seeking criminal penalties against the union at a hearing that started at 11 a.m. Eastern.
Update# Judge imposes one million dollar a day fine on the union.

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