The New York Transit Union is threatening to strike tomorrow, which would violate New York law. Mayor Bloomberg, a "liberal" Republican, must be pretty unhappy about this, but doesn't seem to have the answer at hand. I'm here to help. Try this, Mr. Mayor:
Announce on major media outlets that you'll fire any workers who strike. Of course, you can't fire them all, because you'd be in a worse position than if you let them strike. So announce rolling dismissals like this: If anyone is striking Tuesday, all strikers whose last name starts with A will be fired. Then fire the A's when the union goes out. On Wednesday, if the union is still on strike, any striker whose last name starts with B will be fired. Then fire the B's when the union stays out.
I guarantee that Joe Cunningham and Jose Cortez will be at work on Thursday.
UPDATE: Of course, they're actually out on strike now. They must think they're untouchable, because the law that forbids the strike also imposes penalties of two days' pay for every day on strike, according to CNN. Start firing, Mayor Bloomberg.