I’m sure you heard about the massive snow storm that blanketed New York shortly after Christmas.
But what you may not be aware of is that news sources report that sanitation union bosses ordered a “Blue Flu” work slowdown to prevent snow removal in order to protest city budget cuts and layoffs.
We know of this plot because guilt-ridden sanitation workers reportedly confessed the scheme to City Councilman Dan Halloran.
According to Councilman Halloran, “They were told … to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”
To the union kingpins, throwing a temper tantrum to “make the mayor pay” was more important than rescuing taxpayers, who pay their salaries and benefits, from this winter nightmare.
The city that never sleeps was ground to a halt as residents were trapped like rats in their homes for days due to mountains of snow blanketing their neighborhoods.
In fact, two people, including a newborn baby, reportedly died because ambulances could not navigate unplowed streets in order to save their lives.
The situation was so dire that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn is opening up a criminal investigation into the allegations of misconduct by unionized sanitation workers’ willful neglecting of their basic duty to respond in times of crisis.
The catastrophe in New York highlights the danger of granting monopoly bargaining rights to first responders as Big Labor’s Police-Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill is designed to do.
Herding critical government workers under the thumb of Big Labor grants union bosses the power to transform them from public servants to public extortionists, who can hold municipalities hostage to their demands or else they will plunge cities into life-threatening chaos during emergencies.
You and I may have won a round in the last Congress by killing the Police-Firefighter Monopoly Bargaining Bill and Card Check Forced Unionism Bill, but Big Labor has not retreated from the field of battle.
Big Labor still possesses a war chest stocked with tens of billions of dollars of forced union dues to shower on the new congress in order to pry votes to pass their pro-forced unionism agenda.
If any of the reports of union-boss misconduct are proven true this will serve as a stark reminder of the consequences of key government workers falling under the yoke of Big Labor.
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