Public Employees… ya gotta love ’em.
So, we all know about the global warming caused disaster on the east coast, and that would be last week’s snow storm. You’ve probably also read about the disaster on top of the disaster that occurred in New York City. In case you missed it, a whole bunch of streets didn’t get plowed and the city pretty much came to a standstill. A whole bunch of politicians were looking for Mayor Bloomberg’s scalp. As an aside, after having spent a major chunk of my adult life in the northeast, when the streets don’t get plowed all hell breaks loose. Think of the Yankees having a losing season and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the public reaction.
Well, according to today’s New York Post, there may be a tad more to the story than just some inefficiencies or screw-ups by the Bloomberg Administration. A historical note here, derived from the Post article: it appears as though the NYC Sanitation Department – the folks who do the snow removal – have been the recipient of some budget reductions that have led to demotions and some attrition. Apparently the tough economic times in flyover country extend to the Big Apple as well. Guess what? Come on guess… OK, I know you’d have gotten it, but I can’t wait forever. The snow storm appears to have been PAYBACK TIME!!!!!!!!
Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.
“They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.
The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said.
Please note, gentle reader, that these folks are not “whistleblowers” they are “snitches”. And, having dealt with various unions around the country and having been licensed to carry a fire arm as a result, I can guarantee you there will be “retaliation”. These folks will be lucky to escape with their lives and their jobs. Seriously. You should also note that the Lefty blogs – and I refuse to publish links to the DailyCrass – are going absolutely berserk over the fact that the whistleblowers went to a CONSERVATIVE Rethuglican City Councilman. Of course they did. Had they gone to one of the majority party reps, the sanitation workers union would have been waiting in the outer office when they left. These guys weren’t STOOPID.
Maybe – although I’m not holding my breath – this incident will provide appropriate incentive for NYC to take a look at privatizing it’s sanitation department. Now let me note, it is NYC and if – IF – the department is contracted out, the job will go to one of the NY Mafia families. But I guarantee you THEY wouldn’t let the snow pile up.
- Was NYC snow plow effort sabotaged? (msnbc.msn.com)
- How convenient: Conservative NYC councilman blames union sabotage for snow response (alternet.org)
- New York Unions Just Might Have Staged a Deliberate Slow-Down In Snow-Clearing To Send a Message (minx.cc)