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Friday, December 31, 2010

Update: NYC Councilman Confirms Union Strike During Strike, Investigation Lauched

This is a follow-up on a story from yesterday, regarding the supposed sanitation strike in the middle of a blizzard. It seems that a city councilman has confirmed the story but limited it to Queens only. (Video here) Also, it seems that an investigation is being launched by the governor's office to see what really happened:

City Councilman Dan Halloran told the New York Post he was visited by sanitation workers and supervisors from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These workers confessed to intentionally undermining cleanup efforts after 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."

The sources told Halloran they skipped streets on their routes to extend the process and collect overtime, according to the Post.

At a press conference on Dec. 30, both Mayor Bloomberg and Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said an investigation would be launched.

"It would be an outrage if it took place," said Bloomberg. He neither denied nor confirmed the allegations, but promised an investigation. He also noted that the budget cuts the city is in the process of making haven't been implemented yet.

So, was it government incompetence, or was it more union greed? Hopefully, an investigation is done, and we find out the truth. Because we need to make sure that this level of ineptitude doesn't happen again.

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