Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
Bloomberg and Unions Spar Over Cuts
Thursday, April 09, 2009
New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg shot back at union leaders who have criticized him for proposing more layoffs. He says he won't have to lay off 7,000 city workers if unions agree to contribute toward health care costs, and to create a new, cheaper pension tier for new hires.
BLOOMBERG: They have come back with something. But it's nowhere near what is adequate. Our health care costs and pension costs are going to bankrupt the city. Plain and simple.
Yesterday, Harry Nespoli, head of the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group of unions, criticized Bloomberg for negotiating in public. He says unions have offered the city ways to save some $200 million. The mayor's budget director says the city faces a $6 billion gap, $5 billion of which will be filled by surplus funds and federal economic stimulus aid.