Skip to comments.Employees stage statewide protest of furlough plan
Posted on 05/10/2010 12:26:16 PM PDT by kingu
State workers held noontime rallies around the state to protest a plan by Gov. David A. Paterson, expected to pass the State Legislature later this evening, to furlough 100,000 government workers one day a week beginning May 17.
"We deserve what we have and we're not going to give any of it back," Mary Sullivan, executive vice president of the Civil Service Employees Association, told a couple thousand state workers who turned out in a park next to the state Capitol.
Chanting "No furloughs!", about 250 angry union workers gathered at noon outside Ellicott Square Western New York headquarters for many state agencies. They heard leaders from CSEA and Public Employees Federation urge them through bullhorns to resist Paterson's furlough plans, receiving sympathetic horn blasts from fire trucks and Metro Rail trains passing by.
"We didn't create this mess; Wall Street did," chanted Courtney Brunelle, political coordinator for CSEA. "We do our job; you do yours."
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If there's any question that many government employees need to be fired, and fired now, that should answer it. It is not a job, it is an extended entitlement program.
I agree....no furloughs...downsize....teachers first...
Forget the furloughs, lay them off.
A furlough is only a temporary fix. The fix needs to be long term. It is time to start now, not later after even more economic damage is done.
1950 - angry mobs venting their wrath on a black man = KKK
2010 - angry mobs venting their wrath on a black man = AFSCME and NEA
Social services first.
Now there's an argument that's going to go over big...
I am hoping there is a COUNTER protest of millions of state taxpayers telling them to STFU
Greece in the Empire State. LOL! NYC has more school administrators then Europe has teachers (??). I read some isane statistic like this once.
Wall St?? Wall St did NOT make the money going out more than the money going in.
These people have gone from being civil workers to being extortionists demanding others money.
The Civil War seemed to have less anger and divide than we have right now.
Remember PATCO, all of you NY union thugs. Remember PATCO.
Does NY have a Reagan that we haven’t heard of?
We deserve what we have and we’re not going to give any of it back,” Mary Sullivan, executive vice president of the Civil Service Employees Association,
When I worked for the government in DC in the early 80’s most people made a decent living. The pay was about equal or less than equal of what you would make in the private sector but, the benefits were better. Now government workers make a lot more money and benefits then the private sector, it’s sickening. One of my relatives works in travel for the government. She’s been there for 33 years and worked her way up. She has worked hard but, her 90+k a year salary is ridicules. When she retires at 55 she can get 80% of that. It’s just to much.
The joke is that New York’s CSEA and PEF unions are made up of office workers, teachers, social workers, etc. They work Monday through Friday and have weekends off, plus three day weekends when holidays roll around. The State however, would never be able to properly furlough their uniformed staff, ie., correction officers, state police, etc., because for the most part, these posts are covered 24/7, and have to have a body in them because of the security nature of the jobs. If an absence occurs, and there isn’t an extra body available on the shift to cover the vacancy, then overtime usually has to be hired to fill the slot.
My company cut our pay 10% last year. A boatload of companies did. Why should government workers be exempt?
May I suggest a 15% cut across the board reduction of personnel for all state departments. That should do the job, temporarily...
Why does this remind me of gyros and mousaka?
We deserve what we have and we’re not going to give any of it back
If there’s any question that many government employees need to be fired, and fired now, that should answer it. It is not a job, it is an extended entitlement program.””
Coming to cities in the USA.
>>We deserve what we have and we’re not going to give any of it back<<
Those folks should be praying they don’t get what they deserve...
Site below gives details of public employee pay for state, county and city workers in New York:
“When she retires at 55 she can get 80% of that. Its just to much.”
Don’t worry, she won’t get it. She’ll probably be on your doorstep looking for a handout.
Well, the Goblins aren’t going to come up my street breaking windows and burning buildings.
LOL...well she’ll have to travel 1200 miles and come to a place that usually gets over 250” or more of snow a year. She hates the cold and snow.
"We barely make minimum wage," he said.
I find that VERY, Very, hard to believe. Anybody know what the pay scale is ?
Interesting. According to the link in reply #21, Paul M. Doering is a highway maintenance worker 1 (lowest level, I think) in DOT district 5 and he was paid $36,269 last year. In 2008 he was paid $35,682. Add in benefits and he did OK.
We are talking about Western NY here folks. The land of low paying jobs, cheap real estate and high unemployment. You can easily afford a house and a couple kids on 36 grand a year.
This is what I have been waiting for, I knew sooner or later the pain felt by the private sector would reach the public sector and when it did things might get ugly. Socialist government all over the US and EU is failing. The folks that benefit from socialist government (public workers) are not going to be very happy. I oppose all these bailouts but I do wonder if DC/EU will do a Greek type bailout of failed government in the USA and if not why not? Are Greeks more deserving then New Yorkers? Bailout Wall Street billionaires while allowing millions of workers to go broke is a very good way to really piss just about everyone off.
Well, I see that not too many Freepers are going to defend Wall Street, but the the bulk of the blame should be on the national government.
13 days of vacation per year, may be rolled over.
5 personal days per year
12 paid holidays per year
13 sick days per year (That’s right, 42 WORK days that you can be gone, out of the typical calendar year of 264. Nearly 16% of the time, you can be gone.)
Full health care, 90% paid by the state for individual, or 75% for family, full vision (covers family, even if not covered by health care), full dental, again, full family covered even if not in health care.
Retirement: Employee only contributes 3% of salary for the first ten years, no further contribution needed.
So, yeah, just a few benefits. And if he worked 40 hours a week, his hourly wages were about $17 an hour, about double minimum wage.
Since Wall Street pays so much in fees and taxes to the State of New York, and the federal government which then returns some of the money to New York, blaming Wall Street is kinda moronic. I'd love it if Wall Street suddenly upped and moved to Texas, and took all that money with it... Then they can blame Wall Street for their woes.
You don't have your next pay check yet. LOL!
No need to give any back, it'll just be 20% smaller. No need for you to give or do anything.
“We didn’t create this mess; Wall Street did,” chanted Courtney Brunelle,
political coordinator for CSEA. “We do our job; you do yours.”
Some job, unionista!!!