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Great. I hope more money goes to the unions. And not to educating kids, hiring more cops, making trains run on time, making this city work. Keep taxing the hail out of the so-called rich. We know how to relocate our businesses and homes. Do the poor? Ask the ones in detroit how that's working for them when the rich and the businesses leave. NayC is not some magical city impervious to bankruptcy and decline.
One only has to look to the Chrysler and GM bailouts, perpetrated by our criminal in chief, to understand how bad things could get in New York. In just one series of massively corrupt and completely illegal executive fiats, our President handed over majority ownership of Chrysler, and a huge chunk of GM, to the union that had a major part in driving both companies under. By some estimates, taxpayers lost 26 Billion dollars to Democratic Party and UAW corruption. This does not include multiple deca-billion dollar stimulus programs aimed a public sector workers. The precedent has been set by Obama--when paying off union supporters, don't bother with shovel fulls of money, build a pipeline.
Union reciprocity usually means anti business, anti taxpayer. Look for a return to the bad old days of Dickinson, lindsey and beam, when the city was run into the ground.
As you say---who benefits? You can bet it will be the unions and who pays the bill?--you can bet it will be the taxpayers.
The symbiotic relationship between politicians
and labor unions has been on hold in NYC but is
poised to re-emerge.
Bill Allen
LOngboat Key
Florida
Giving in to the unions would bankrupt the city. Of course I say this as a member of a union that has had and expired contract for 5 years. I don't expect to get rich but I didn't expect to be poor either.
I can see a split coming to the state of New York like the one bubbling up in Colorado, as in what happened to Virginia long ago. And Michigan ain't far behind. The productive 'burbs are not going to stand by and watch their tax dollars ripped off by the "Big State" socialist thugs controlling most urban areas. Wake UP!!!!
Hey look. de Blasio daughter not the only one that needs a fix. the unions have been going through withdrawal.
Not a word about the tax payers, whose money the government pigs will be squandering.
The pro-regressive cancer metastasizes and claims another victim. New York, say hello to your future---Detroit.

When will they ever learn?
It will be wealth transfers from one union member to another with the politicians taking a big cut off the top.
John Brown -

you are 100% right. the unions and their bought and paid for hacks in local government are about to ruin the last 20 yrs of reasonable stewardship. it will take about 18 months, in my estimation. and the voters created this mess, so from my vantage point north of the bronx, i will watch with little sympathy. idiotic voters should learn a hard lesson. i will simply limit my trips into the nascent cesspool, god help you if you live there.....
de blasio will be the silly little bitch of these union thugs, in the process emptying our wallets and ruining hard earned quality of life in the city. if you liked david dinkins, you're gonna love this idiot....
It's time for Jamie Dimon (and other CEOs) to start looking at tax maps. There is absolutely no reason why JPM should be headquartered in NY. BofA is in Charlotte, and Wells is in San Francisco.
Being safely away from New York City, I can only watch with a certain amount of amusement as things play out; and start working now to make sure that my Congress-critters know that bailing out New York City in the future will be electoral suicide.
For the rest of us west of 12th Avenue, I hope that the fruits of DiBlasio's efforts is visible and prevents it from spreading to the heartland.
The corrupt alliance of unions and democrats that destroyed Detroit is now in full control of NYC. Elected by the voters. If you work for a living or own a business get out while you can. Taxes, crime, debt all are headed back as the socialist democrats start to divvy up the spoils. The spoils being the earnings of working people.
The corrupt alliance of unions and democrats that destroyed Detroit is now in full control of NYC. Elected by the voters. If you work for a living or own a business get out while you can. Taxes, crime, debt all are headed back as the socialist democrats start to divvy up the spoils. The spoils being the earnings of working people.
Unless you're besotted on Ayn Rand, how is that a problem?

See: Detroit
Sorry "fact checker", the SEIU is not a private sector union. It has a public sector division which is quite large. From the SEIU's web site:

"SEIU is the second largest union of public service employees with more than 1 million local and state government workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers - including 80,000 early learning and child care professionals."

If fact, the majority of the SEIU's membership are government employees so referring to the SEIU as a government union is entirely accurate.
NYC residents have committed suicide by stupidity. So, now its time for them to suffer their fate.

SEIU will suck the city dry and its days are numbered. The days of David Dinkins are returning and the pain is justifiably deserved.

Watching the growth of socialism supported by a parasitic segment of society who have never created wealth or fortune for its members is sad to see.
So it goes, you buy your ticket, you take your ride...
I worked as a labor organizer in NYC two decades ago and and met and knew Di Blasio. His rise stems from party and union allies, but his current worries should focus on a central, bright and constructive team. Good luck with that.
Mike Bloomberg set things up so there's a record number of union contracts ending all together.

That's the fact.

SEIU ??? They will want what's available for their members. Unless you're besotted on Ayn Rand, how is that a problem?
SEIU isn't exactly a private-sector union. Its membership is drawn from `service employees', be they employed in the private sector or the public sector.
The subhead here is "The incoming de Blasio administration owes its public-employee allies dearly," but the article mostly focuses on a private sector union, SEIU. Is this misdirection on City Journal's part, or just plain ignorance?