If this story is true, then a lot of public union officials and city workers people need to be in the dock. Soon.
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.
Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department — and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan — at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.
The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. 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.”
This is worse than selfishness; it is criminal negligence. People have died because emergency crews could not travel down unplowed city streets, including a baby born in the blood-spattered vestibule of an apartment building. In several cases, the ambulance crews themselves were stranded for several hours while responding to emergency calls.
And all because public employees unions reportedly threw a city-wide snit.
If I lived in New York City, I’d be on the phone to every legislator I could — city, state, and federal — demanding a full investigation of these reports. If this report is even a little bit true, then people are dead because union officials wanted to play a little hard ball. Well, let’s see how they like playing that hard ball in a jail cell for a decade or so.
Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s decertify every one of the public sector unions involved in this. Shut them all down and never let them come back — not in a year, not ever. They have forfeited any legitimate claim they have that they are responsible advocates for the weak and powerless and have proven themselves a menace to public safety. Public sector unions are our enemies and we should eradicate them without remorse or pity.