Mayor de Blasio delays layoffs of 22,000 New York workers
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will delay sending the pink leaflets to 22,000 municipal employees in the hope of securing a $ 5 billion loan from the state government.
“Today was the day the layoff notices were going to be sent,” de Blasio said during a press briefing at town hall on Monday.
“Now our municipal unions have come to see me over the last few days and have asked for more time to see if they can fix this problem. They demanded an opportunity to convince the state legislature to meet immediately to deal with long-term borrowing.
“What I said to our colleagues in the municipal labor movement is that we will stick, but it will be day to day,” said de Blasio.
“No one wants to see a single layoff, but we have to deal with our budget crisis. So I hope this break will lead to further progress in Albany due to the intense commitment of the work to achieve this, ”he added.
A state law source gave Hizzoner reason to be hopeful.
“The legislature will be back soon and there is certainly a movement to borrow by the city, but [we] need to make sure it’s done the right way, the source said, setting a mid-September deadline for the return.
De Blasio announced the potential cuts in June, saying they were needed to create $ 1 billion in savings needed to balance the budget with the Big Apple’s coronavirus-hungry coffers.
After the federal government failed to provide another stimulus to help cities struggling with the pandemic, de Blasio turned to Albany adopt a measure that would allow New York to borrow $ 5 billion.
The State Senate been resisting the plan, citing de Blasio’s failure to provide details of his plan or to personally lobby for it.
A labor insider told the Post on Monday that union leaders were criticized in de Blasio for threatening to be fired as they had been lobbying the governor and state lawmakers since June for approval of the loan.
“Let’s not rack our brains while we try to help you get funding,” a union official blurted.
“It’s already an uphill battle because nobody likes de Blasio.”
The unions also called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to support legislation to offer an early retirement program to remove older workers from payroll as an alternative to layoffs.