A mediator in the strike approached Mayor Bloomberg about
Why should it surprise us that New York Mayor Bloomberg caved to union demands?
That’s why. The union had already overstayed its welcome in the first strike, and few were blaming the mayor; with the the costs mounting, Bloomberg would have had excellent ammo to show that all the union was interested in was stealing money from New York business in one form or another. New Yorkers themselves had little sympathy once they found out how much these folks were earning — upwards of $55,000 and benefits.
Now, the workers will enjoy raises of 3, 4 and 3.5 percent during the next three years. But hey, it’s not Bloomberg’s money.
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