Channeling Detroit: De Blasio Pays Off His First Union With $50,000 in Back Pay

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Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City has made his first down payment to Big Labor in return for their support. His first contract was settled with the environmental officers’ union.

Each officer will receive $50,000 in back pay.

That announcement was immediately followed up by Mike Mulgrew, head of the NYC teacher’s union, saying he too wants back pay for his 100,000 members.

“We believe that we should have a raise, and we’ve been working a long time without a raise,” United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said in an interview on WNYC.

“It’s [back pay] a big issue for us. It’s a very large issue with us.”

Kenneth Wynder, the head of the Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association, said, “We got treated with respect. We felt much better compared to the nine-year battle we had with the old administration,” he told the Daily News.

The contract settlement will supposedly not set a precedent but de Blasio has reserved about 4 billion for back pay for all city workers whose contracts are up. The “back-pay bill is roughly $7.8 billion, enough to drive major tax hikes or service cuts,” according to the NY Daily News.

De Blasio’s problem of unsettled union contracts has been described by the media here in New York as a “daunting task” but it is hardly that considering he plans to give away the store.

Polls now say de Blasio is more popular than Bloomberg. What a wonder!

New York City is a big union city and it will go the way of Detroit. It’s not if but when.

Full story at the NY Daily News

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