Union workers are set to receive a 4 percent raise that totals more than half of the $478 million cost to taxpayers in the 2010-11 fiscal year, which starts April 1. The raise is part of the fourth and final year of contracts approved in 2007.
Fiscal emergency? What fiscal emergency?
Let me guess: another shovel-ready Stimulus project. No wonder the economy remains completely screwed.
The raises for public employees and teachers, which some groups and legislators estimate will total $1 billion this year, have prompted some lawmakers to call for a wage freeze as the state grapples with a $9.2 billion budget deficit.
Oh, please -- let's not try anything drastic!
"I think New York state is in a state of emergency. This is the worst period of economic downturn since the Depression," said Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining, Westchester County. "So I think it would be something we should absolutely consider that there be a freeze on all salaries for all public employees."
A Democrat advocating against the public sector unions? Prediction: an abbreviated career for Sandra.
School groups said schools face about 14,000 layoffs if $1.4 billion in education cuts are adopted in the coming fiscal year.
Schools? What a bunch of self-righteous crybabies!
Some unions have rejected calls for a wage freeze, saying the sides lawfully negotiated the contracts in 2007... The 4 percent bump follows 3 percent increases the prior three years. About 150,000 employees are scheduled to receive a 4 percent raise, and 45,000 employees are slated to receive a performance advance, with some getting both.
Gee, sounds fair to me!
It's unclear, state officials said, whether a late state budget, which is due April 1 but not expected to be adopted on time, will impact the raises.
The budget's late?
What's the rush?
Related: A Brief, Illustrated History of the Public Sector Unions That Are Bleeding America Dry With the Full Support of the Democrat Party