Labor Law: Striking Down the Strike

The transit workers' strike that crip pled Manhattan last month was clearly illegal. And the Transit Authority's will ingness to end the walkout by agreeing to pay an estimated $60 million in wage boosts and fringe benefits was hardly more correct. New York's tough Condon-Wadlin Act not only forbids strikes by public employees but prohibits pay raises to strikers for three years after they go back to work. Still, most New Yorkers — from Mayor John Lindsay to the harried commuters — were willing to forgive and forget.

Most, that is, except Attorney...