Mayor Bloomberg is taking a courageous stand and pushing back against unsustainable teacher union demands. He is moving to layoff teachers. I do not want to see teachers or anyone laid off in this economy. However, if the unions won’t cooperate, I hope Mayor Bloomberg sets the stage for others to follow. We all have to sacrifice and unions can’t keep going to the trough as if the economy was growing in any substantial way. Governor Cuomo now says that Mayor Bloomberg does not need to lay off teachers. Cuomo had promised to control the unions. Is this the first sign that what he says is not what he means? Is Governor Cuomo all talk while really allied with a now out-of-control union? Unions will push for all they can get. I hope not. Frankly, we cannot afford that right now.
“Mayor Bloomberg delivered a not so subtle message to those who would seek to meddle with his budget decisions: back off.
Bloomberg’s gruff sentiments were specifically targeted at Gov. Cuomo’s aides who have said teacher layoffs are unnecessary.
The governor’s aides have repeatedly claimed that teacher layoffs should not happen, even though the state faces a $10 billion budget shortfall. Bloomberg contends that, under Cuomo’s proposed budget, 6,000 teachers would need to be cut.
“The governor’s office may be an expert on the governor’s office,” Bloomberg said. “The governor’s office is not an expert on the city . . . I think we have a little more credibility in speaking about what we can afford.”Read here: Bloomberg vs. Cuomo