This is a perfect example of the US criminal justice in action – inconceivable in Europe.
New York transport strike nears end
Transport workers will return to New York’s buses and subways today as talks take place to end the illegal strike that has brought the city to a standstill.
The breakthrough, apparently the result of late night talks at a Manhattan hotel, came after a judge in Brooklyn had summoned three senior union officials to consider whether to send them to prison or to levy fines on individual transport workers who have taken part in the strike.
Local 100, which reportedly had $3.6 million (£2 million) in cash at the beginning of the week, has been fined $1 million (£572,000) a day since the strike began.