Did Big Apple public unions stage a slowdown on snow removal?

posted at 11:15 am on December 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

So says the New York Post, based on one elected official as a source, speaking for a few alleged whistleblowers.  Purportedly, the Snow Slow came in response to belt-tightening by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and was meant to send a message: We’re in charge:

Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.

“They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.

Independently, the Post quotes other sources who claim that snow removal workers may not be conspiring to send a message, but they aren’t exactly motivated, either.  One way that they claim to be gumming up snow removal is to stick only to streets explicitly assigned to them, and keeping the shovels high on their plows to necessitate repeated plowing — and extra overtime.  Others claim that the drivers are deliberately “smashing plows” to slow down the work and keep the city frozen in place.

I’m a little skeptical, but mainly because the primary source for the conspiracy theory is an elected official who can expect to be held accountable for the poor performance thus far in the Big Apple.  Also, the Twin Cities had the same level of snowfall a few weeks ago, and snow removal was a problem for us, too.  Minneapolis/St Paul and the first-ring suburbs have a large amount of infrastructure to deal with heavy snowfalls and about a fifth of the population, and we still have huge piles of snow blocking sidewalks downtown.  Heck, we can’t even get the Metrodome fixed; now, the estimate for repair and reinflation is the end of March.  I’m not sure that NYC could have done better, with its relatively smaller snow-removal infrastructure, lack of places to put the snow, and population density.

Is it possible that this was a coordinated slowdown effort by public-sector unions to make Bloomberg and city officials look incompetent?  Sure, but the simpler answers are usually closer to the truth.  The simpler answers here are that this was freakishly heavy snowfall in a city not used to such things, and, well, it has a mayor more interested in salt use in restaurants than on the roads.

Besides, some enthusiasm for the work can be seen in this WCBS video from earlier in the week.  Workers wanted to get a stuck plow back into operation so badly that they wrecked a car  to do it.  No worries, though, because the car’s owner works for … the city:

On the street in Brooklyn Heights a sanitation crew ignored residents’ cries as they struggled to pull out one of its snow removal vehicles from the snow, CBS 2-TV reports.

The outraged wife of the destroyed vehicle’s owner, who didn’t want to be identified because her husband works for the City that owns the damaged vehicle, told CBS 2 that it should never have happened.

“There should’ve been a City official here. There should’ve been a supervisor. This was unacceptable disregard for personal property,” she said.

Update: If it is true, then Aaron Worthing thinks that at least one charge of negligent homicide is in order.


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Having dealt with unions for most of my life, I can easily believe the worst about them.
D i s g u s t i n g .

itsnotaboutme on December 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Nice little snow-plow you have there. Hate to see something happen to it.

BacaDog on December 30, 2010 at 11:18 AM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Yankee Tammany Hall did something underhanded again?

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Beginning of the end of public service unions.

forest on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

A soda tax would have solved this whole problem…

d1carter on December 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Everyone in the union should be punished if its true. Collective benefits and punishments are unfair, but one without the other is even less fair.

zmdavid on December 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Ya think?

The friggin’ mafia has nothing on unions. Next to insurance companies, they are the biggest organized crime syndicate in the country.

And another thing – putting snowplows on the front of garbage trucks and driving around town plowing as you pick up trash is not snow removal.

Snow removal is a very difficult task even under the best of conditions.

turfmann on December 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM

The simpler answers here are that this was freakishly heavy snowfall in a city not used to such things, and, well, it has a mayor more interested in salt use in restaurants than on the roads.

IDK, Ed.

We’ve had huge snowfalls before. 27 hit NYC in 2006.

blatantblue on December 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

As a former member of the union I have found them to be worthless and pathetic bugholes..I am not surprised to hear this of NYC.
Just another day in the life of NYC.

hawkman on December 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

I wonder: Is anyone going to be held responsible for this slowdown and will anyone be charged with manslaughter considering the deaths directly attributed to ambulances inability to navigate the snow clogged streets?

NYers are being held hostage by unions who have a beef with the Mayor and the results are debt and death.

cathymv on December 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM

a cousin who deals with unions regularly commented once:
It used to be a brotherhood, and now its just a hood

cathymv on December 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM

They were plowing already plowed streets last night. Must be rackin’ up that overtime now.

Urban Infidel on December 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

I just can’t give the union the benefit of the doubt. It’s sort of like walking into your elderly parents’ hospital room, finding them dead and Jack Kevorkian standing there. Is it proof Kevorkian killed ‘em? No, but it sure would cross your mind wouldn’t it?

Tim Zank on December 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Foe git a bouud it.

It was an SUV. It deserved to die in ZooYork. /

Geochelone on December 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Brave Govenor Patterson is even now calling for criminal probes into this heinous matter!

He most likely is exopecting that the unions are just shaking in their boots over this news.

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure they are!

pilamaye on December 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Update: If it is true, then Aaron Worthing thinks that at least one charge of negligent homicide is in order.

That was my first thought.

If this is true (and I wouldn’t put it past the union goons) it is unconscionable.

NavyMom on December 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Watching the (now infamous) NYC tow truck — loader video it looks like the loader operator was inexperienced, at least in snow removal. Perhaps the operator was proficient at what ever it is that sanitation loader operators do when it isn’t snowing, but I’ve worked with experienced and inexperienced loader operators, and this guy was a rookie when it comes to snow removal.

Second problem : In NYC there isn’t anywhere to push the snow. Outside the city, plow operators just ‘blow’ it off the road, but in the city you can’t do that. It has to be picked up and trucked somewhere else.

Skandia Recluse on December 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I think the guy was pissed he had to work so he banged stuff around.

tomas on December 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

So…when are we going to rid ourselves of these parasitic unions once and for all?

jawkneemusic on December 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

The way some unions are behaving….I just can’t help but think there’s a smidge of truth to this. An investigation is underway, and I suppose we’ll eventually come to learn the truth…but for now….I think it’s more than possible there was some kind of work slow down.

That being said though….it would be the same here in Texas if nature of this kind showe up at our doorsteps. Texas is extremely ill prepared for a snow storm, and if it happened, there would be chaos beyond belief.

Yet…it’s not as if the Northeast didn’t see this one coming, and could have prepared better. If they had prepared…then we know there was some kind of slow down in effect. I just don’t think they thought it thru. 2 persons are dead now, and one has to wonder…was this by their actions?

capejasmine on December 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Talk about naive. Ed is skeptical about the truth of this story. At the same time he has no problem believing the One’s basic biography. Bwahahahahahaha

Stayright on December 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

If this were to go to trial, a change of venue to a right to work state for fairness.

Oleta on December 30, 2010 at 11:33 AM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Hilarious!!

tommer74 on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

When is Hotair going to have registration?

There are a bunch of people on the ronpaulforums who want to register.

Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Forgive me…

But how can places like New York and Minnesota, where is snows EVERY BLOODY YEAR have a ‘problem’ with plowing snow?

Really? In parts of the country where it snows EVERY BLOODY YEAR and where Winter is pretty much THE SAME TIME EVERY YEAR you guys can’t work out the logistics of plowing the snow?

Of course every now and again unusually strong storms happen, unexpectedly high snow amounts do occur – but, REALLY…?

You guys can’t figure THIS out?

*tongue only partially in cheek on this one…*

catmman on December 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

The simpler answers here are that this was freakishly heavy snowfall in a city not used to such things, and, well, it has a mayor more interested in salt use in restaurants than on the roads.

No offense Ed, but give me a break and take off those rose colored glasses. Quit making excuses for the commie thug unions.

Knucklehead on December 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

they got 2″ less snow in a major blizzard last year, and handled it fine. That combined with the anecdotes of trucks driving with their plows raised so it just skims off the top of the snow it sounds like this is a classic work slowdown.

Although if it was ordered or just wiseguys knowing how to game the system for tons of overtime before year’s end isn’t clear.

cameo on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

How many people live in NYC? If each one scooped up a five gallon bucket and hauled it off to melt that has to be one helluva lot of removal.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

When is Hotair going to have registration?

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Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Reason enough to, ummm, NOT do this…

catmman on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Just post there your log in and password.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 11:39 AM

I’ve seen enough union thuggery to believe the unions guilty until proven innocent.

So that is what I shall do. They get no benefit of the doubt from me.

chalons on December 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Fire the lot of them and hire scabs. Tell Obama to pound sand as he wails and gnashes his teeth. Launch independent bid for the Presidency, running against public sector entitlement largesse…

That would be my nightmare scenario, as I can’t stand gun-hating nanny Bloomberg. But if ever there was a sector of the population that deserved demonization for political gain, it is the public sector unions. Bloomberg is now positioned to take advantage of that, if he is willing to become the enemy of public sector unions.

IronDioPriest on December 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

They need a Reaganesque response here: disband the union, fire them all and hire all new employees.

Logic on December 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The stroke of a pen could make this all go away. Who among us has the courage to do it? We know what Reagan did. It’s time for the tyranny of unions to be over.

BetseyRoss on December 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

When you elect a fool like Bloomberg to be mayor,why are you surprised? You get what you deserve.

volsense on December 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Hilarious!!

tommer74 on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Gets my vote for comment of the day.

UltimateBob on December 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

BTW, the excuse of “there’s no place to put the snow” is utter BS. It’s ALWAYS been that way. It gets loaded onto barges and dumped, or trucked out and dumped outside the city where there’s room. That’s the way Boston does it, as well as alot of metro areas in the NE.

Comparing snow removal techniques from decidedly different locales with different logistical requirements is an apples-oranges situation.

viviliberoomuori on December 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

With something like this you can’t just say…it was The Mayors fault. It was by default a Union failure pure and simple. Who elses fault if there is blame to go around should it be?

tomas on December 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

If you read the NYPost article in the headlines, you will see that a few transportation workers ratted them out and that this was all planned by the unions. Get rid of the fricking unions! This makes my blood boil! A baby died, for Christ’s sake, because they couldn’t get an ambulance there. The unions are ruling this country and need to be destroyed. The regular folks out here are going down the toilet to pay for these thugs pensions. If you’re not angry at unions, you need to get angry.

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

If this is true, and we don’t know for sure yet, shouldn’t the union officials who created this mess be charged for manslaughter?

18-1 on December 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Ed, Twin Cites are no comparison to NYC’s massive abilities to respond.Last Feb we had 21 inches on a Wed nite into Thurs. On Friday schools were open, streets were clear, and the city was up and running. This is either Bloomie’s incompetence and arrogance or the Post story is true. If Post is correct this will have massive consequences nationwide for public sector unions. People died.

xkaydet65 on December 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

Akzed on December 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

When it comes from their very own mouths.

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Sure they did. The unions are self serving and no interest in the people who pay the bills, be it private or public.

Wade on December 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

What really gets me is that anyone is surprised. Organized crime and the unions have been in bed with each other since the 50′s….the same guys that will make sure nothing is ever built at ground zero.

repvoter on December 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

New Yorkers should at least take comfort in knowing they have been saved from trans-fats.

chalons on December 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

You know what, if this is true, then the line, “It’s not the union members, it’s the union leadership.” is going to be harder to accept. If this is true, then a real public servant, would fire the lot of them, turn their state into a right to work state, and hire some of the 8.2% out of work in the state of NY. Down with unions. Up with economic and employment freedom.

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

, lack of places to put the snow, and population density.

Wait! What? Don’t they load it into dump trucks and haul it off to beaches or Lake Michigan like we do in Chicago? Don’t they the Hudson River or the ocean or something like that?

Knucklehead on December 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I guess I’m so jaded that I thought this was the scenario from the get-go. It sounded so much like union thug behaviour, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

tru2tx on December 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

If those snowflakes had guns, this whole thing never would have happened. Bloomberg would have been all over it.

GarandFan on December 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

This isn’t the worst snow storm they’ve ever had I’m sure.

tomas on December 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Why the skepticism? Public sector unions are not above thuggery to achieve their aims, even if it means ruining (and in some cases, ending) lives of others.

redfoxbluestate on December 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM

When is Hotair going to have registration?

There are a bunch of people on the ronpaulforums who want to register.

Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

In other words, Spathi needs a new sockpuppet. Right rookie?

hawkdriver on December 30, 2010 at 11:56 AM

If you’re not angry at unions, you need to get angry.

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I always tell people that if you are not totally pi$$ed off then you are not paying attention.

VegasRick on December 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Such union slowdowns, walkouts, ans strikes are a pretty regular thing in the European societies that liberal New Yorkers are so want to emulate.

It seems the poor babies want to have their cake and eat it too.

chalons on December 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

If those snowflakes had guns,salt, tobacco or transfats this whole thing never would have happened. Bloomberg would have been all over it.

GarandFan on December 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

BacaDog on December 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Can you imagine the scramble, both in the Mayor’s office and in the union halls, that is going on this morning? The Post went with this story while the News continued with yesterday’s indictment of Bloomberg. The next few hours will probably identify the culprit/culprits. My money is on both of them; incompetent mayor and criminal public sector unions.

ncjetsfan on December 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Just say no to unions

cmsinaz on December 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The heck with a criminal probe. I would love to see a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of New Yorkers that lost wages because they couldn’t get to work.

thuljunior on December 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Privatize and DEMAND that it not be non-union AND permanently assign 4 Federal Agents to make sure the MOB doesn’t control it.

And now I will ride away in my carriage pulled by a giant blue bunny rabbit into the sunset….

barnone on December 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Since Ed’s “comments” on this issue have rendered me temporarily speechless with their namby-pamby lunacy, I’ll merely post a link to throw him a little pictorial learnin’ about NYC snow removal.

Sheesh, Ed.

MrScribbler on December 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

“Purportedly,” “allegedly” . . . When you have, um, actual evidence for your anti-union shilling, get back with us.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Imagine if the snow were salt crystals…

catmman on December 30, 2010 at 12:06 PM

If hizzoner had cajones, he’d fire the entire staff, lock, stock & barrel. Then offer them the chance to return minus union contract etc. Whoever doesn’t come back under the new terms, will be replaced by the scores of unemployed.

He can do this on the basis of the union & staff leadership that broke faith and encouraged slowdowns. Upside to this, the bad apples will weed themselves out under the illusion that the union will save their jobs, while the decent well-intending workers see the handwriting and take the re-defined positions. Hopefully, due to their standing seniority, some of those who accept will be promoted to take the place of the bad-apple supervisors.

AH_C on December 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The unions are at war with the middle class. Saul Alinsky, Obama’s mentor, hated the middle class and felt they had to be destroyed. He felt they were a buffer for the elites and the entitled could never be brought to their knees until the middle class was dissolved. Alinsky was a fool for not realizing the lower class are the tools that keep the elites in power. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

volsense on December 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Public sector unions are worthless. They’re about 80 years past their use, and have become nothing more than another hindrance to civilized society. It sets up a structure for abuse that is unmatched in the private sector and even many political circles. If the worst thing one can hear is, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” then a close second is “look for the union label.”

Weight of Glory on December 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

Haha. That was my first thought.

Unfortunately, this is one investigation that will go nowhere.

reaganaut on December 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM

But how can you tell when a union stages a work slowdown?

I’ve seen the MTA do it many times, the NY Sanitation Dept. You can tell.

Urban Infidel on December 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Hey, I’ve got a bright idea. We should hire these nice folks to handle our health insurance.

ClanDerson on December 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

To take the proper reaction would require intestinal fortitude, a trait that is completely foreign to the liberal mind. That is why we allow liberals to destroy enough to remove them from power because then conservatism can correct their “good” intentions. The unions will keep progressing until action is taken. With liberals this will never happen. When enough damage is done, Americans will wake up, repair the damage and then elect another “Obama” and start the cycle all over.

volsense on December 30, 2010 at 12:17 PM

We seemed to have missed the whole point…

If the unions were staging a slowdown, it was up to Bloomberg to spot it, work through it, and get the job done.

If they weren’t staging a slowdown, it’s still Bloomberg’s job to get the snow off the roads.

Bloomberg’s Katrina either way.

faraway on December 30, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Another video hotair should post up.

PeaceRally.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWorzf7QAE

Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Bloomberg’s catching all sorts of grief over it.

kingsjester on December 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I’m suprised AP hasn’t found an i-Phone app that will melt it.

Limerick on December 30, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Sure this storm was bad but not even in the top 10. This City is highly efficient and 90% of the clean up would have been observed hours after the last snow flake hit the ground. This storm however is the first time New Yorker’s understand the dreadful and death inducing response was created by the unions and will now understand this more and more each passing day that they literally were held hostage. Let’s call it what it is, American citizens died. Nothing personal here but one just can’t equate the Twin Cities to the Big Apple. This was a union play pure and simple with no ambiguity as we all will see as this unfolds. .

Tangerinesong on December 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Unions Lied. New Yorkers Died.

faraway on December 30, 2010 at 12:28 PM

“Purportedly,” “allegedly” . . . When you have, um, actual evidence for your anti-union shilling, get back with us.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Kinda like all the lefty lawsuits against Palin…I’m sure you were the first one screaming “innocent until proven guilty”…

viviliberoomuori on December 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Now just imagine Mayor Bike Lane at the helm if there was [GOD forbid!] another big terror attack.

Urban Infidel on December 30, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Another video hotair should post up.

PeaceRally.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HWorzf7QAE

Spathi on December 30, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Reason enough to, ummm, NOT do this…

catmman on December 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Catmman vindicated!

brtex on December 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I’m a little skeptical…

Ed, your naivete is touching, but misplaced. Union bosses pretty much admitted the slow down in the Post article. Besides, the union has done a slowdown when plowing before in order to deliberately bring down a mayor.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/remembering-a-snowstorm-that-paralyzed-the-city/

theCork on December 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Bloomberg is just another incompetent liberal fool. What else could you expect?

volsense on December 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

As I said earlier, this happens all the time here in the Northeast it seems. When they want to extort more money from the citizens, they inconvenience them as much as possible. For example, last Easter the Mass Turnpike intentionally reduced the number of toll takers on the Mass Pike to cause massive 3+hour traffic jams to teach us a lesson. It blew up in their faces but Obama Jr still got reelected.

TheBigOldDog on December 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Paterson, who lives in Harlem, said the snarl has left New Yorkers “scratching their heads” since the city handled a similar storm so well last year.

This from today’s post.
As usual “Alapundent’s” know it all arrogance is exposed.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/paterson_calls_for_snow_slowdown_qtaITjcrRg5kMILU1zz95N#ixzz19cLc9rar

david kumbera on December 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

If you’re not angry at unions, you need to get angry.

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I always tell people that if you are not totally pi$$ed off then you are not paying attention.

VegasRick on December 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

This is so right, but not many are paying attention. Relatives and friends at Christmas looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language if I mentioned anything about the government being communist, etc. The folks on here who are political junkies are the minority. People who ojust stick their head in the sand or listen to the MSM don’t realize we’re losing our freedoms at breakneck speed.

Anyone else having trouble with Preview?

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Heck, we can’t even get the Metrodome fixed; now, the estimate for repair and reinflation is the end of March.

To be fair, isnt that what you get for playing sports in a tent instead of a stadium?

American Elephant on December 30, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Anyone else having trouble with Preview?

silvernana on December 30, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Yep.

brtex on December 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM

“Purportedly,” “allegedly” . . . When you have, um, actual evidence for your anti-union shilling, get back with us.

Grow Fins on December 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Kinda like all the lefty lawsuits against Palin…I’m sure you were the first one screaming “innocent until proven guilty”…
viviliberoomuori on December 30, 2010 at 12:29 PM

vivi: you are a genius! This gets my vote for “Comment of the Day!”

Khun Joe on December 30, 2010 at 12:41 PM

All union members on this planet are in a permanent state of “slowdown”, 24/7 and 365. That is the purpose of unions.

Really Right on December 30, 2010 at 12:43 PM

“Minneapolis/St Paul”

= Manhattan.

Almost.

This kind of snowfall has happened before, perhaps even worse, in the past decade alone in NYC, and we’ve seen dramatically better removal in the past than this mess. When you hear this much noise about something like this in New York, my advice is to listen to it.

I know you’re playing Devil’s Advocate here Ed, and understand why you have to do so: But this place is a mess.

Thank goodness it was a heavy snowfall filled with light snow too, rather than the thick, mucky stuff that is sure to happen in January, February, etc.

Reminds me of the Transit Worker shutdown back in ’05… and how well all that went over.

I would tack “fraud” on the end of that negligent homicide charge. Let’s see if the President has anything to say about all the corruption happening on “Snow Street”.

Forgot. Busy.

ChipDWood on December 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

“Did Big Apple public unions stage a slowdown on snow removal?”///Why so timid with the title? The Post sounds like they have hard evidence.

sbvft contributor on December 30, 2010 at 12:48 PM

They would’t have pulled this crap with Guiliani.

katy the mean old lady on December 30, 2010 at 12:49 PM

If they can prove it, FIRE THEM ALL

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

When is Hotair going to have registration?

There are a bunch of people on the ronpaulforums who want to register.

Surely you realize that is a DISincentive?

American Elephant on December 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

If they can prove it, FIRE PROSECUTE THEM ALL

Kini on December 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

FIFY

American Elephant on December 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Bbbbut Bbbbbut Bbbbbut without unions we’d have 4 year olds working 90 hour weeks.
– libtard

angryed on December 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Not that it will happen, but I like the idea of RICO charges against the union.

jeffn21 on December 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

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