2006_04_monopmoney.jpgYikes - Judge Theodore Jones just ruled that the Transport Workers Union must pay a $2.5 million fine for the three-day transit strike! And what's more, the TWU cannot deduct union dues from MTA employee paychecks (which is what they automatically do now) for three months. The TWU had complained that a big fine, plus not being able to draw monthly dues, would cripple them (who knew they have over a million in unpaid bills!), but their headquarters are worth a lotta money. The TWU has to pay the fine without 30 days; its president, Roger Touissant, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for breaking the Taylor Law during the strike. Hmm, we wonder if this will give the MTA any more or less leverage if the TWU-MTA contract goes to binding arbitration.