Belligerent Labor leader Michael J. Quill was jailed Tuesday (4 January) for ailing to put?
Belligerent Labor leader Michael J. Quill was jailed Tuesday (4 January) for ailing to put an end to the four-day strike that has paralysed mass transit in New York City. Two hours later Quill collapsed with a "possible heart attack". He was administered oxygen and taken by ambulance to a hospital. Quill has a history of heart attacks and sleeps with an oxygen tank by his bed.
Quill's arrest on contempt of court charges was as carefully staged as a Greek drama. It took place on live television. Quill had been given until 11 a.m. to call off the strike by his Transport Workers Union that has thrown New York into the worst traffic crush in history and inflicted immeasurable economic loss.
When 11 a.m. came and went Quill said he would "rot" in jail, along with eight other union leaders, until his workers got every penny they have been demanding. He said negotiations with the New York City Transit Authority would be carried on by "secondary" union leaders.
But Quill's illness seemed sure to cast even greater bitterness into a strike whose end was already far from sight.