Here’s a glance at today’s opinion content:
PEF’s rejection: Editorial
We comment on news that the Public Employees Federation, the second largest union of state employees, rejected a package of give-backs negotiated with the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. We write:
… The rejected deal, apropos of these post-recessionary times, largely mirrored the no-layoffs pact easily ratified by the Civil Service Employees Association last month: It provided for a three-year freeze on wages, followed by 2 percent raises in the fourth and fifth years; nine days of furloughs, four of which would be repaid at the end of the contract term; and increased employee health care costs.
Broad protections against layoffs would have been in force the next two years.
During this time of continuing economic insecurity and upset, that would have been plenty good enough for most private-sector workers, and for many states’ public employees.
The PEF majority make plain that they are indifferent to the plight faced by most workers and even their fellow union members.
Richard St. Paul: Reisman
Phil Reisman weighs in on news that Richard St. Paul, a New Rochelle councilman and Republican candidate for mayor in that city, owes thousands in child-support payments according to a New Jersey court.
Here’s what our colleagues are saying today:
Union layoffs a painful trade-off: Editorial, Newsday
Governor, hold firm on unions: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
We’re in the chips: Editorial, Daily News
No to contracts: Watertown Daily Times
Re-examine IDA breaks: Editorial, The Buffalo News
Secrecy at New York Power Authority must end: Editorial, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle