Skip to comments.NY governor asks unions to forego pay rise during crisis
Posted on 04/01/2010 2:58:42 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
(Reuters) - New York state's Governor on Thursday asked public sector unions to forego pay raises to help the state close a $9 billion budget deficit but the unions rejected the request.
The Civil Service Employees Association, representing about 300,000 public sector employees across the state, said Paterson had no credibility to make the request on pay.
"The governor was on radio this morning talking about how Wall Street bonuses have brought in less money than anticipated because banks used a tax loophole of paying in stock options instead of cash," said CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz.
"In the next breath, he calls on state employee unions for concessions .. it's insulting," he added.
New York's other main public sector union, the Public Employees Federation, said it would not reopen pay talks.
"Paterson put it out to the public but we have not been in discussions, he hasn't approached us and we will not reopen our contract," said Darcy Wells, a spokeswoman for the union.
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Paterson is toast.
When it comes to tightening belts, the unions are there to tighten yours!
Pass the popcorn. This is getting fund.
Well I dont think it was a loophole I think the Pay Czar
dictated what they could make whether in salary or stock. Shut up Govenor.
It doesn't take a genius to realize that with 1 in 20 or 30 taxpayers working for the state and local governments there may be a problem with too many employees.
The alternative to giving up raises is tax increases or layoffs of public employees. They will probably end up doing some of both in New York.
Next up...asking a rattlesnake to please don’t bite me!
You have a nice day.
I won't print what I'm thinking.
Only because he’s not running for re-election, so it’s okay to be honest.
Would any Dem seeking re-election ask the Unions to cut back? Bwaahahahahahzhzhzha!!!!
I’m still stuck on the 300,000 employees...
The American public has to start understanding that to people in government, government is a business. It’s not just public service now; it’s their business and like all business people they’re constantly trying to expand their business and increase the revenues into their business. So government is now constantly trying to grow and increase taxes and fees through all means possible. It’s all out of control and half the legislators have been bought off to some extent by public employee unions. The taxpayers are going to have to revolt and elect people who have a platform of curbing the expansion of government at all levels.
However, government NEVER, EVER has to turn a profit, and rarely if ever answers to it’s board members. In fact, the government rapes it’s board members and steals their belongings.
How much more will you take?
Ya got millions of unionized government employees at all levels gang raping America with their country club benefits and lottery style government retirement pensions.
The beginning of Obomba’s “armageddon”
And they immediately replied, “Of course, anything to help out during these difficult times.”
BWHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Oh sure they’ll go for that!
If I was still working for NY State, I’d have a hard time wondering why I had to go without a raise for three years (contract period), while Paterson’s staff got raises that ran from 6% up to 46%. The guy is a joke.
They won’t take a pay cut. That’s for the LITTLE people; NOT a union member
Look for the union label: BK
Anyone who lives in NY and works in the private sector to pay scads of taxes to support the apparatchiks is a moron who gets what he deserves.
Anyone have a reference to the quote from a NY policeman/shop steward saying, in essence, “We will not settle for ‘zeros’ (no raise). I don’t care how much you have to raise taxes, we’re going to get our raise”?