Posts Tagged ‘Michael Mulgrew’

Road To Municipal Labor Settlements Paved With Uncertainty

Written by Richard Steier on . Posted in Labor/Unions, Spotlight

There was a distinct edge to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s voice when he said during his budget presentation, “The previous administration was given an artificially high level of credit for management.” He was referring to the labor-contract mess he inherited when Michael Bloomberg left office after a third term in which he created a negotiating logjam. Following his 2009 re-election Bloomberg insisted that the city could not afford to honor a bargaining pattern he had set the previous two years, under… [More]

Arbitration Could Throw A Wrench In City Labor Settlements

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Labor/Unions, Spotlight

Throughout his campaign and time in office Mayor Bill de Blasio has artfully dodged publicly negotiating New York City’s expired contracts with its municipal unions. All along the mayor has mostly stuck to the same talking point in discussing how he will approach settling the contracts—the first great test of his administration— referring to the billions of dollars that could wind up added to the city’s ledger for salary increases and back pay as “the great unknown.” Adding to this… [More]

De Blasio, Labor Leaders Affirm Commitment to Increase Taxes to Pay for Universal Pre-K

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Education, Features, Latest, News, News & Features

In a show of support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed universal preschool program, leaders of New York City’s largest and most powerful unions held a press conference with the mayor today firmly backing his plan to pay for the program through a tax increase on New Yorkers making more than $500,000 per year. “New York state has promised over the years to fund universal pre-k—for over 15 years now we’ve heard it—but has never provided the funding needed to… [More]

Thompson Drops Out Of Mayoral Race; Cuomo Endorses de Blasio

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Latest, News

In a show of “Democratic unity” this morning on the steps of City Hall, Bill Thompson, the first-runner up in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, announced that he would end his campaign and support Bill de Blasio as the Democratic nominee. The two mayoral candidates were joined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who big-footed de Blasio with a speech harping on the myriad issues facing New York City. Thompson had previously declared his intention to wait until every… [More]

Winners and Losers, September 13, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Features, Winners & Losers

  Nothing embodies the spirit of Winners and Losers more than a competitive primary election. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, everyone was on an even playing field, rhetoric and prognosticating be damned. Alas, New York voters did not hold up their end, as a disengaged electorate took their apathy to new extremes with pathetically low turnout. However, when the polls closed, a batch of Democrats and Republicans emerged for the final stretch run of what has been a grueling,… [More]

Money Man

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections

Photos by Filip Wolak Brooklyn’s native son has come home. A horde of supporters surround Bill Thompson as he wends his way through the masses at the borough’s West Indian American Day parade. The festivity is an enduring Brooklyn tradition marking the unofficial end of summer, and Thompson, like every mayoral candidate, wouldn’t be anywhere else. Sweaty brow and all, he carries a miniature flag of St. Kitts, home country of his grandparents, and works the rope lines on both… [More]

Shifting Allegiances: Union Endorsements in the New York City Mayor’s Race

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Labor/Unions

Much of the debate around the power of labor endorsements in the 2013 mayoral race centers around whether a given union can play a significant role in delivering the election to a candidate. While some labor leaders make much of their ability to play “kingmaker” in election years, there is no definitive metric that can substantiate these claims. What is clear is that unions are a valuable supplement to practically any campaign. They can spend large sums of money on… [More]

Tisch Predicts Scores Will Rise, While Experts Stand By Common Core

Written by Mylique Sutton on . Posted in Education, Events, News

Many parents across the state were startled at how high the failing rates were under the new Common Core standard, but Dr. Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, urged moving the discussion away from test scores at City and State’s “On Education” forum yesterday in Manhattan. To illustrate, with some dramatic effect, how relatively insignificant the test scores were at this time, Tisch made a prediction that she likened to Babe Ruth’s called shot home… [More]