Roy Innis, National Chairman of CORE,
expressed sympathy for TWU Local 100 President Roger
Toussaint and his family in an interview with a reporter
from channel 11 news. These comments were made as Toussaint
prepared to serve a 10 day sentence for calling and leading
an illegal strike under the Taylor Law.
Mr. Innis, stated that “Toussaint did what he
had to do in the interest of his union; now he has to pay
the penalty. The Taylor Law must be re-examined to make sure
that it is fair to the various parties of interest. We have
to make sure that it is fair to the people of New York.
Secondly, we must examine the law to make sure that it does
not impose excessive penalties on labor. Finally, we should
make certain that the law does not give a disproportional
edge to management. The law should be structured to
encourage fair bargaining in good faith. Consequently, if
management does not bargain in good faith, the union should
have recourse through the Taylor Law to force management to
bargain in good faith.”
It disturbed Mr. Innis that many are equating
the actions of Mr. Toussaint and the Transporters Union
with the actions of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights
Movement of the 50’s and 60’s. Mr. Innis argues that such an
analogy is an extremely far stretch. As one of the founding
leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Roy Innis reminds New
Yorkers that the movement demanded rights that were withheld
for 100 years, that were guaranteed by the 13th,
14th, and 15th amendments of the U.S.
Constitution. There is no comparison.