... 'cuz they're doing Mayor Bloomberg's job as well as their own. (And the mayor gets paid $1 a year.)
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Some background: Michael Mulgrew and Lillian Roberts head up New York City's United Federation of Teachers and the city's largest civilian union, DC-37, respectively. The two unions' members make up the bulk of the New York City workforce.
During this year's budget season, ended last Friday, Bloomberg left it entirely up to Mulgrew and Roberts to decide how many employees New York City needs to deliver adequate public services to taxpayers and citizens.
... Bloomberg decided that union generosity -- i.e. cost "givebacks" -- would determine whether the city experienced teacher layoffs as well as civilian workforce cuts.
But it is not union leaders' job to decide how many workers New York needs. If the city needs those 4,100 teachers, it's the mayor's job to find a way to pay for them. Same thing with the civilian workforce.
The mayor's approach comes straight from "That 70s Show."