Well the joke is on NYC after last weekend's crippling blizzard when, according to the NY Post, sanitation workers sandbagged the city and risked public safety in a spat with Mayor Bloomberg over job and wage cuts. And oh yeah, they were able to pad their overtime to boot. But these poor guys only can increase their starting base salary 115% in 5 1/2 years up to $67,141* not counting shift differentials and OT of course.
"[Department of Sanitation] sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important," said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.The takeaway in all this is our fearless Unionizer in Chief and the loyal left's efforts to get as many people on the government and union doles as possible. Why let private industry do a job when the government or union can do the same job for twice as much with half the efficiency, especially when the taxpayers are footing the bill.
Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department -- and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan -- at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.
The snitches "didn't want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation," Halloran said. "They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file."
New York's Strongest used a variety of tactics to drag out the plowing process -- and pad overtime checks -- which included keeping plows slightly higher than the roadways and skipping over streets along their routes, the sources said.
The snow-removal snitches said they were told to keep their plows off most streets and to wait for orders before attacking the accumulating piles of snow.
[M]ultiple Sanitation Department sources told The Post yesterday that angry plow drivers have only been clearing streets assigned to them even if that means they have to drive through snowed-in roads with their plows raised.
And they are keeping their plow blades unusually high, making it necessary for them to have to run extra passes, adding time and extra pay.
One mechanic said some drivers are purposely smashing plows and salt spreaders to further stall the cleanup effort.
Somewhere, Andy Stern is smiling.