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NY governor asks unions to forego pay rise during crisis
Reuters ^ | April 1, 2010 | by Ciara Linnane

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: obamanomics; recession; socialism; unions


1 posted on 04/01/2010 2:58:42 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Paterson is toast.


2 posted on 04/01/2010 3:00:57 PM PDT by library user
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

When it comes to tightening belts, the unions are there to tighten yours!


3 posted on 04/01/2010 3:02:07 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Pass the popcorn. This is getting fund.


4 posted on 04/01/2010 3:02:09 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


5 posted on 04/01/2010 3:02:24 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Meanwhile....

Talk Grows of Skipping Special Election in New York

6 posted on 04/01/2010 3:03:44 PM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29)
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To: library user
The amazing thing is that the state employees 300,000 union employees. How many people work for the state? How many work for the state and local government in NY?

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.

7 posted on 04/01/2010 3:04:16 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
It's not a loophole to pay in stock options instead of cash. Stock options require people to stay with the company for some time and the value of the options depends on how well the company does and the stock price at the time the options are exercised.

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.

8 posted on 04/01/2010 3:04:22 PM PDT by your local physicist (Don't blame me. I wasn't fooled by anyone. I crossed my fingers and voted for McCain.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Next up...asking a rattlesnake to please don’t bite me!


9 posted on 04/01/2010 3:05:53 PM PDT by albie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No.

You have a nice day.

-Union response


10 posted on 04/01/2010 3:09:08 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: mewzilla
Update....

No Special Election for Eric Massa's Seat

I won't print what I'm thinking.

11 posted on 04/01/2010 3:09:26 PM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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!!!!


12 posted on 04/01/2010 3:10:34 PM PDT by lowtaxsmallgov (http://www.chrisgibsonforcongress.com/home.html)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m still stuck on the 300,000 employees...


13 posted on 04/01/2010 3:11:02 PM PDT by bp22 (Millions of Americans worship a supreme being whose name is not Bill Clinton.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

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.


14 posted on 04/01/2010 3:11:05 PM PDT by your local physicist (Don't blame me. I wasn't fooled by anyone. I crossed my fingers and voted for McCain.)
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To: your local physicist

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.

Communist like.

How much more will you take?


15 posted on 04/01/2010 3:13:26 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
The amazing thing is that the state employees 300,000 union employees. How many people work for the state? How many work for the state and local government in NY?

Ya got millions of unionized government employees at all levels gang raping America with their country club benefits and lottery style government retirement pensions.

16 posted on 04/01/2010 3:13:35 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The beginning of Obomba’s “armageddon”


17 posted on 04/01/2010 3:16:05 PM PDT by goodnesswins (The PLANTATION Party is at it again (the DEMS) ....trying to make slaves of everyone)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And they immediately replied, “Of course, anything to help out during these difficult times.”


18 posted on 04/01/2010 3:23:20 PM PDT by Let's Roll (Stop paying Planned Parenthood to murder babies! Cut off their federal funding!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Oh sure they’ll go for that!


19 posted on 04/01/2010 3:28:46 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


20 posted on 04/01/2010 3:30:19 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They won’t take a pay cut. That’s for the LITTLE people; NOT a union member


21 posted on 04/01/2010 3:36:11 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Look for the union label: BK


22 posted on 04/01/2010 4:19:26 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( we have a rat problem.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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.


23 posted on 04/01/2010 4:25:56 PM PDT by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

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”?


24 posted on 04/02/2010 9:04:56 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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