I’m not sure of the legal precedent for this sort of thing, but it would be nice to see a class action lawsuit filed against the Transit Workers Union on behalf of millions of New York commuters and business owners who have been affected by the strike. The economic damages as a result of the strike could be as high as $660 million per day according to New York’s Economic Development Corporation. There is the lost productivity as a result of people being late to work or missing work altogether and lost retail sales during the busy Christmas shopping season. Also, there are additional costs incurred by subway or bus commuters who are forced to shell out money for cabs or car services and some businesses who have rented shuttle buses for employees. Surely an enterprising lawyer can dig up claimants who suffered injuries after being forced to take a four hour walk home. Trial lawyers find a way to sue everybody under the sun, surely there must be some way to sue the TWU for this premeditated, malicious and illegal act of economic sabotage. The union won’t be able to pay all of the claims coming from such a lawsuit, but maybe they’d be forced into bankruptcy like manufacturers who are the targets of asbestos litigation. That would be a just punishment as well as a warning to other public unions who are contemplating illegal strikes.