New York's Public Employees Federation - the second largest
public sector union in the state -- voted down a proposed labor contract
yesterday. The contract called for a three-year freeze in base salary, five
unpaid "furlough" days this year and four next year, the later to be reimbursed in 2013.
The contract also would have raised health insurance premiums on union members. Now, 3,500 union members are looking at pink slips.
In today's New York Post, E.J. McMahon explains why New York's decades-old Triborough Amendment was at fault and how Governor Cuomo could have prevented the rejection of the contract, saving taxpayers money and union members jobs.