"These garbage men really stink.
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.
Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.
"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."
New York Post
If this is true then legal action needs to be taken against the people that ordered the work slow down and against the unions that were behind those orders. I know that the laws that have been used against organized crime apply here. This is no different than setting one business on fire to frighten other businesses into paying protection.
Public safety was threatened by this bit of extortion and intimidation. Police, fire and ambulance service was disrupted. If anyone died or was injured due to lack of availability of these services then the people behind the slowdown need to be prosecuted for that, too.
New York and every other city and state in this country needs to stand up against these union thugs and shut them down. The funding problems as regards pensions and the layoffs are only going to get worse; a lot worse. Do we really want public safety held hostage to organized crime?
Get the unions out now. Break the contracts and let 'em sue. That could stay tied up in courts for years. And be prepared to act like Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Because this bullying in New York is just a warning of what we're going to see all year long if we don't stand up now.