As New York's subway and bus workers illegally went on strike, stranding millions of commuters, holiday shoppers and tourists at the height of the Christmas rush, State Justice Theodore Jones hit the union with a $1 million-a-day fine.
According to the Assocoiated Press, New Yorkers , as always, coped:
New Yorkers car-pooled, shared taxis, rode bicycles, roller-skated or walked in the freezing cold. Early morning temperatures were in the 20s.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had said the strike would cost the city as much as $400 million a day, joined the throngs of people crossing the Brooklyn Bridge by foot.
"It's a form of terrorism, if you ask me," said Maria Negron, who walked across the bridge. "I hope they go back to work."
With special traffic rules in place, the city survived the morning rush without the monumental gridlock some had feared. Manhattan streets were unusually quiet; some commuters just stayed home.
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The mayor put into effect a sweeping emergency plan, including the requirement that cars entering Manhattan below 96th Street have at least four occupants.
Last week Judge Jones issued injunctions prohibiting the transit workers from striking:
Injunction Prohibiting Illegal Strike Activity By The TWU [pdf].
Injunction Prohibiting Illegal Strike Activity By The ATU [pdf].
The strikers have little if any public support. I've seen and heard nothing but negative comments about the strike.