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Bloomberg Administration Unveils Labor Contract Demands

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nearly 1,000 public workers and their unions massed at lunch time in front of City Hall. (Sam Lewis/WNYC)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg for the first time outlined his demands to settle one of the biggest outstanding issues facing the city: labor contracts for hundreds of thousand of city employees.

During a speech Wednesday, deputy mayor Cas Holloway argued for big changes to the city’s labor costs, which are now gobbling up more than half of the budget.

“The Bloomberg administration is prepared to settle a new contract, with any union — with wage increase — that agrees to two conditions,” he said. “No retroactive salary increases, and a meaningful contribution to health care costs, structured in a way that incentivizes employees to live healthy.”

Still, unions unhappy with the mayor may being willing to take their chances with whomever takes over next year, hoping for a more labor-friendly administration.

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Margaret's Dad from Bay Ridge

Way to mindlessly parrot the Bloomberg administration's position, Mr. Hamilton. What, to you, seems so "reasonable" about accepting a contract without retroactive increases, when city workers have been without contracts, and had no raises, for three to four years? The price of everything has been going up for the past four years, but city workers have been falling further and further behind because the Bloomberg administration has been more than happy to avoid the situation, kicking the can down the road to the next administration. Did it ever occur to you to speak to a union representative for this story? Despite its short length, this story manages to be one of the stupidest, most shallow, most incompetent "news" pieces I've ever heard on WNYC. If this is journalism, God help us all.

Apr. 18 2013 07:34 AM

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