Supervisors 'wanted to send a message to the mayor'
December 31st, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Supervisors 'wanted to send a message to the mayor'

New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran talks to "American Morning" about allegations that union workers slowed the cleanup of the blizzard-socked city to get back at Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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  1. Sherri W.W.

    While it seems that these supervisors may have some legitimate gripes about their pay,it hardly seems likely these men would do something that could cause harm~or even death~to the people of the city.[As the case of the mother in labor,whose baby died as a result of getting no help for hours after a 911 call]~If,in fact these men slowed this snow cleanup down on purpose,that certinly needs to be handled as a serious violation.However,I really expect to see many more problems ahead for all cities,if congress does not allow the Fed.Govt to give money to all the states~as they normally would~to support the thousands of personell and programs that are central'

    December 31, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. natalea

    @Sherri While i do agree with most of what you say you have to admit though when workers do go on strike to get back at someone it's a rather selfish act. You see the mayor is not the one really affected by the slow process of the snow clean up, but the public is. Therefore innocent people suffer, and have to deal with it. Like the incident where a worker was clearing a street but was destroying peoples cars at the same time, and not caring one bit.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. duke

    And still they have defenders???
    This hostage taking situation should not be dealt with lightly,
    What's next the police union won't let officers work if the public criticizes the force??
    This is worst than Wikileaks(IMHO),only for the fact that they we can connect the death of a baby to this hostage taking situation!!
    Fire everyone involved,who didn't do their job,
    And replace them with the unemployed work force,who would appreciate a good paying job with benefits and overtime!!

    December 31, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri W.W.

    While it seems that these supervisors may have some legitimate gripes about their pay,it hardly seems likely these men would do something that could cause harm~or even death~to the people of the city.[As the case of the mother in labor,whose baby died as a result of getting no help for hours after a 911 call]~If,in fact these men slowed this snow cleanup down on purpose,that certinly needs to be handled as a serious violation.However,I really expect to see many more problems ahead for all cities,if congress does not allow the Fed.Govt to give money to all the states~as they normally would~to support the thousands of personell and programs that are central to all our lives each and every day~programs we cannot do without!This"starving the Beast"business will become the ruination of this country,and the people in Wash.D.C. who are still sensible,need to go ahead and do what is right for the U.S.and its ctizens,paying no mind to new~or old folks~in congress~who obviously have no clue what they are doing,and make sure all states have money to operate all needed services!Too many people have no idea how bad things will get if this does not happen!~and thwy will only begin to see when services and police&fire are cut in their areas!

    December 31, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kimberly

    Well said Duke

    December 31, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Richard in Texas

    If they intensionally did a slowdown they citizens of New York revolt

    December 31, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. CNN Chief Editor

    To: Kimberly. Glad you can voice your opinion, but nobody really cares about what you have to say.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Joe

    Hello

    December 31, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sherri W.W.

    1st of all~sorry~hit wrong button and my 1st post was not not finished.~And @Natalee~Thanks,but I DID mean that,if it was an intentional slowdown,then those people who did that should be delt with harshly~probably should lose their jobs~because you are correct~other peoples'safety can NEVER be a pawn in some dispute!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kimberly

    Neat "chief editor"... You're likely another lazy American who feels something is owed to them like these "workers" from NY.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kuuipo

    Where the public is concerned it is always a domino affect! who is to blame? the people who could have done something but didn't!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. duke

    Yeah the people we're supposed to get their shovel's out and do the job that these well paid worker's get paid to do??(Yeah right)
    It's not like we're talking about personal property here!!
    There is no excuses to be made when lives are at risk.
    What's next,the FDNY union won't let the firefighter turn on the water until after the fire has burned itself out??

    December 31, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ThomasD

    What Kimberly has to say is every bit as important as anyone else. Especially anyone working for CNN (or, most likely, not.).

    December 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kimberly

    In an economy like that of today, everyone is suffering (unemployed,laid-off,underworked,under paid,no pay increase,cut wages) and its certainly no reason to not still do the job you are responsible to do! Some people are so selfesh! They should be greatful to have a job that is full-time, above minimum wage, and (let's face it) not that difficult! This story really makes me upset! If they did do this, then they seriously need to be fired (no unemployment) so they can see what it really means to suffer so they will appreciate the next one, and not throw tantrums

    December 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mr. R

    I am disgusted to see people with comments like "in these tough times they should be happy they're making better than minimum wage". In other words, it's OK for the plutocracy, for the kleptocracy that crashed the economy to benefit further by squeezing the wages of the workers. If they lock in permanently higher profits because of this, that encourages to do it again, and again, and again! As for doing the job, well, snow clearance is not a right, it's a privilege. After all, health care is not a right, why should snow clearing be a right? These people after all take public services so lightly as to think that eviscerating the public service and getting a bunch of profiteering contractors to fill the void with ill-paid workers will somehow cause better results, they get what they deserve when it fails, and the responsibility is with those with the power, the politicians and their plutocratic masters who crashed the economy. Right now they have no proof to claim that the unionised workers failed on the job – their only "proof" is the fact that they were given a motive by the mayor and by the plutocracy. Brilliant! Why not wrong people grievously, stage a murder and then claim that those wronged people did it because they were wronged, and put them in the electric chair?

    December 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoDoubt

      Snow-clearing not being a right? If they pay taxes, I'm afraid they DO have a right for the snow to be cleared as quickly as possible. Its one thing to go on an honest strike, meaning it is proclaimed. But dragging their feet as a passive-aggressive maneauver to mayor when people's lives are at stake is a whole different ballgame. Not being able to leave your house for an emergency in a modern city is not a privilage. Its a right!

      December 31, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mark mat

      5+

      December 31, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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