11/11/08

Forced-dues deduction restored

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A transit workers union that went on strike three years ago and shut down New York City's subways and buses can once again automatically deduct dues from members' paychecks.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 lost the dues checkoff right in court after the 21-day strike just before Christmas 2005. It's illegal for public employees to go on strike in New York. The 38,000-member union's revenues fell dramatically, as many members stopped paying dues on their own.

A Brooklyn judge on Monday approved the union's petition to restore the dues checkoff privileges. Last month union president Roger Toussaint filed an affidavit pledging the union had no plans to go on strike again.

City attorneys said they wouldn't oppose restoring the dues privilege because of Toussaint's filing.

(newsday.com)

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