Slow NYC Cleanup Is Union Protest: Report

Sanitation bosses allegedly ordered crews to 'make the mayor pay'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Slow NYC Cleanup Is Union Protest: Report
A Sanitation Dept. plow truck is stuck on West 16th St. in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – If this proves true, there's going to be a lot of outraged New Yorkers: The New York Post reports that Sanitation Department bosses ordered workers to slow down snow cleanup as a budget protest. Among the tactics: keeping plow blades high and skipping some streets entirely, says the Post. It quotes a city councilman who says he met with three department workers who told him of the strategy.

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"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," says Councilman Dan Halloran. Scores of emergency vehicles have been unable to get around the city because of the clogged streets, with the most high-profile victim being a newborn who died. (Read more New York City stories.)

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