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May 29th, 2006

When I was in New York City at the beginning of the month, transit boss Roger Toussaint was being released from jail. He spent 3 days of a ten day sentence for leading an illegal transit strike.

Toussaint began serving a 10 day sentence for his part in leading a walkout that stopped city transit in New York City. The walkout brought the city to a halt just before Christmas last year and violated a state law banning strikes by public employees. He was accompanied to jail by thousands of supporters in a walk from the Brooklyn Supreme Court across the Brooklyn Bridge.

As well the union was fined “2.5 million dollars and suspension of automatic due deductions to all members for striking.”

Dear Bob Kinnear: You should be so lucky.


  1. Joanne (True Blue)
    May 30th, 2006 at 18:17 | #1

    Brian, I think in Ontario it is only legal to break the law when you are with a group (preferably unionized or First Nations).

  2. Ron
    May 31st, 2006 at 08:50 | #2

    Or if you’re a cabinet member or above.

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