The UFT & PBA's Demand for Payback From New Mayor Faces Budget Realities

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Once this guy's out, the unions want their money back A-S-A-P.
October 31st, 2009. For the teachers of New York City, this date marks the last day 94,000 of them had a contract with the Bloomberg administration. Since then, the wages for our city's educators have remained at a standstill, suspended by political tensions over layoffs, attrition and mayoral control drama. On January 1, 2014, the day the new mayor takes office, the union hopes to hit the reset button on contract settlements. When that day comes, the United Federation of Teachers, along with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, want their money back, placing City Hall and its budget in a financial bind.

On UFT President Michael Mulgrew's calculator, the city owes its teachers upward of $3.2 billion--an amount that, if spread accordingly to employees, would add $7,000 to teachers' salaries, which are now frozen at $54,000. For police, that number is a bit smaller, given that the PBA's contract with the city expired a little over a year later than the teachers' on July 31, 2010. Patrick Lynch, the PBA chieftain, is demanding $530 million from the mayor, arguing that veterans would have $81,444 in their wallets if a labor pact still existed, up $5,000 from the current salaries.

Combined, these totals come out to around $3.8 billion in back wages. But, with threats from Hizzoner of $1.5 billion in cuts this year and next, as well as a soon-to-be-closed deficit of $1.1 billion in the city's expenses, where do the labor forces expect this money to come from?

Unexpected surpluses. Richard Riley, chief spokesperson for the teachers' union, pointed me to an editorial by President Mulgrew to be published today in the UFT newsletter. In it, the union chief evokes a familiar narrative between labor and government. "For the first time ever, not a single New York City municipal labor union has a contract--a crowning achievement for Bloomberg's disastrous time in office," he writes.

From the mayor's perspective, the years after the Great Recession have left the city's finances in disarray, forcing Bloomberg to cry deficit as budget shortfalls loomed. Hence why there has not been a single dollar in the budget for raises in almost half a decade. But, according to Mulgrew, the money is there, waiting to be given back to the city's workers:

The mayor has a budget credibility problem. Just look at the last few years. In June 2010, he said there was no money for the next fiscal year and eliminated the money reserved for municipal workers' raises, but the city in fact had a $3.75 billion surplus. In 2012, the mayor's $3.16 billion deficit magically turned out to be a $2.47 billion surplus. And this year, the mayor said we'd be short $4.85 billion, but we're actually on track to have a surplus of $2.2 billion. Even nonpartisan fiscal monitors like the Independent Budget Office, known for its conservative budget estimates, say there is money. Either Mayor Bloomberg needs remediation in math, or he needs to stop misleading the public to force through his anti-worker, pro-privatization austerity measures.

While the mayor has crystal-balled deficits left and right, the guessing game for surpluses is a plague of city politics. The Independent Budget Office's predictions seem to fluctuate monthly, along with the comptrollers of the city and state. Regardless, one thing is true: New York City has had a surplus for some time now. And, if this pattern described by Mulgrew continues, the bad news of a $811 million shortfall this year will probably be met with good news worth billions.

Where does that leave the mayoral prospects? For electoral purposes, all the Democratic candidates have promised to sit down with the unions and settle scores once and for all. Anthony Weiner made that clear the other day to the teachers union; Bill de Blasio is positing himself as the middle class defender; John Liu just picked up the DC37 endorsement; and Christine Quinn hopes to brush Bloomberg's legacy from her shoulders to seem negotiable to the forces that despise her boss.

If those totals from the back wages match up, the expected payback will make up the majority of what the surplus pays out to, whatever that may be. But that doesn't necessarily mean the new mayor will hand over billions to the workers on Day One. The city will have other expenses to pay, like all the backlog of promises made by councilmembers.

If the unions are demanding full, immediate payback, they probably shouldn't get their hopes up.

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SuzannahBTroy
SuzannahBTroy

Hey Pat Lynch:  The last thing New Yorkers want to do his hand over more money to the NYPD when in fact New Yorkers are calling for a new commission in to NYPD corruption and a permanent outside monitor.


The NYPD law suits alone are enough to hire how many cops?  New Yorkers do not want to pay for NYPD lawyers, NYPD law suits and right now are not rushing to hand over a fortune to cops in back pay for some reason.  Any ideas why?  


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh9TedhfthE&sns=em  Watch this and can you understand why I wonder if Dr. Andrew Fagelman called 1800-NYPD PBA fix it? Oh yeah Pat thanks for reminding me the Ramos trial underscores NYPD PBA fixing only goes on in the Bronx.


IAB has had this case for 8 months so is the tele number 1800 NYPD PBA IAB fix? 

SuzannahBTroy
SuzannahBTroy

part 2 the comment posted from my iphone before I completed but I spoke up for the NYPD after 9-11 even a letter in The Wall St. Journal "Betrayal at Ground Zero" and even their biggest critics joined me in demanding city council not lower the NYPD's starting salary but Christine Quinn and city council voted themselves a raise when they also voted to lower the NYPD's salary.

I called Pat Lynch's rep when the heroin NYPD rape cop Moreno was going to wiggle out of rape charges and I was told by his rep that the NYPD weeding out bad cops is in Kelly's venue not the union's job.

http://youtu.be/dh9TedhfthE 

I was savagely attacked by the Jodi Arias of reception desks and the NYPD helped her get away with everything but murder.  


 A teacher told me she was encouraged by her union I believe  she said to see Dr. Fagelman based on his location (makes me wonder about the NYPD doing the same) and she wasn't happy with him and she told me the woman who assaulted me was a /////.  How ironic if  Dr. Fagelman called 1-800 NYPD PBA Fix it because I was violently assaulted as I stood there with holding all my bags and my arm numb from a medical procedure that cost $430.

Based on what the school teacher said and the NYPD fixing the violent assault which required me getting eye surgery and an epidural for my neck I just have to wonder if Dr Fagelman has a special relationship with the NYPD or even a PBA member?


  NYC is on the verge of collapse due to corruption and I blog about it and I am nearly blinded and the NYPD fix the violent crime and I threatened with false imprisionment for a weekend stay with a hole in my retina from a running punch caught on video, cervical damage and not from the assault Det. John Vergona knew I had a collapsed bladder but yelled at me You are going to drop the charges!  I refused.  The video proves he knowingly used a false cross complaint to threaten me with arrest when I was clearly the victim. Delita Hooks had no right to touch my body and she didn't stop there.  So why was she protected by the NYPD? 

I join the over whelming amount of New Yorkers that prefer we stop handing over any money to the NYPD until we get a Commission and a permanent outside monitor.  If anything the City should stop paying for their lawyers because they have no fear of any legal recourse and I want a federal change in the law holding police responsible for their actions if they do not investigate crime.

Bill Thompson getting the NYPD's endorsement is a career ender.

 http://youtu.be/dh9TedhfthE  http://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2013/05/michael-palladino-nypd-detectives-john.html?m=1

SuzannahBTroy
SuzannahBTroy

Pat Lynch PBA NYPD keep asking for money while New Yorkers want a new Commission and a permenant outside monitor to police the police. Cy Vance's wire tapping NYPD officer got caught stealing, we had how many NYPD rapists, gun traffickers, NYPD PBA fixing and favors, NYPD accused of how many murders and Pat Lynch wants more money handed over to NYPD while we are wondering how these people even got hired. Would rapist NYPD get retro back pay?

I contacted the PBA and Detective's union I sent this http://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2013/05/michael-palladino-nypd-detectives-john.html?m=1 and one guy wrote me back we are a labor union. Doesn't a union rely to some degree on The People and doesn't our input count?

Bill Thompson getting their endorsement and his stop and frisk support is a career ender along with CityTime his role like Christine Quinn's should have been a career ender.

The last thing New Yorkers want is to hand over even more money to Thr NYPD or spend mega millions for NYPD law suits or vote for a mayoral candidate endorsed by the PBA.

I once asked for a raise for the NYPD and PBA in The NY Timed after 9-11. Corrupt cops fixed this savage violent assault at 155 Spring St by Dr Andrew Fagelman's receptionist who acted like the Jodi Arias of medical reception desks.

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