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December 15, 1999

Transit Update

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 9:17 pm

From: Michael Letwin
To: Everyone at the Legal Aid Society
Date: 15 Dec 1999 (Wed) 13:17
Subject: Transit Update

This morning, ALAA/UAW, Center for Constitutional Rights, National Lawyers Guild, and NYCLU appeared as amicus before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Michael Pesce to oppose the TRO he issued yesterday against the transit union and its members.

We argued that, by prohibiting transit workers from voting for–or even advocating–a strike (as opposed to actually striking), the order constituted a blatant violation of the First Amendment. We also argued that such an order could not stand absent a factual hearing on the claims made by the Giuliani administration and the MTA.

Judge Pesce summarily rejected these arguments and let his order stand pending a December 23 adjourn date. Defendants and the amicus organizations will immediately proceed to the Appellate Division, Second Department, to seek a stay of Judge Pesce’s order.

Meanwhile, transit union members have announced that this afternoon’s rally will proceed as planned, and that they would greatly appreciate our support.

The event will begin at 3:30 at TA headquarters, 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn (A/C/F to Jay Street, N/R to Court Street, 4/5 to Boro Hall), move at 4 p.m. to the new TA building at 130 Livingston Street, and march at 4:45 across the Brooklyn Bridge for a rally at City Hall from 5-6.

ALAA and 1199 members will assemble at 4:30 in front of the Legal Aid office at 111 Livingston Street (on non-work time, of course). Please reply by return email if you plan to attend.

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