Diary

On public employee unions - they just don't care

This broke my heart and infuriated me at the same time.   I can only hope that some good can come if it highlights the selfish, uncaring and, in a very real sense, evil nature of public employee unions.

You may have read about the New York sanitation workers who staged a protest this past Monday, during one of the largest storms in recent years (or so I’ve heard) – a work slowdown, leaving hundreds of city streets and sidewalks unplowed following the storm.

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.

Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department — and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan — at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.

As if that, in itself, wasn’t bad enough.   What you may not have heard yet is this tragic result of the actions by these horrible people.

The New York Daily News is reporting that during the blizzard that covered much of the city, a baby delivered inside a Brooklyn building died after the emergency call for the birth brought no help for nine hours.

According to Daily News reporters, the newborn was pronounced dead on Monday night, 10 hours after the first call from the lobby of the Crown Heights apartment. The mother is reportedly recovering at Interfaith Medical Center. The grandmother states that her Crown Heights neighborhood was not plowed, and hours went by before help arrived. Once firefighters and police officers managed to make it to the apartment, the baby was unconcious and unresponsive.

The infant death is one of many incidents depicting a city struggling to deal with the holiday winter weather.

These are the people who are helping to bankrupt our cities and towns, subject our kids to substandard education, and feather their own nests on the backs of the taxpayer.    The only phrase that seems fitting  – they don’t care.    Foreseeable that an ambulance would have a call somewhere down a snow-covered street?   Of course.   But they don’t care.

As I said, this one broke my heart and enraged me all in the same moment.   I hope someone – SEVERAL someones – get fired and prosecuted.

Have a safe and happy New Year.   And prayers for this little child.