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New York City's "economy shows resilience,” says the Independent Budget Office (IBO), which "projects that the City will end 2024 with an additional $3.6 billion in surplus above the Mayor's Office …

One-member, one-vote can democratize our unions

One main reason for the recently successful Teamsters UPS strike threat and SAG-AFTRA and UAW strikes is union democracy. In November , I wrote about reasons for the surging labor movement. In these …

New law will cuff cops

Last year, a former colleague and fellow NYPD historian gave me copies of the entire NYPD case file on the Charles Lindbergh Jr. kidnapping/murder that took place on March 1, 1932. Knowing I had …

The federal monitor is rewriting the DOC’s history

Winston Churchill said, “History is written by victors.” At the Department of Correction, the same applies. The federal monitor’s reports submitted to Federal District Judge Laura Taylor Swain …

Lecture from a fish

There is more to be learned about algae by watching a suckermouth Plecostomus adhering to the glass of one's home aquarium than we are taught by example about principles of constitutional law adhered …

Not halal

By now, many New Yorkers have heard about the November bum of the month. Stuart Seldowitz is the lowlife who harassed, over a four-day period, a singularly hard-working and decent American citizen, …

The problem with paying for excess workload

One of my unions’ current CBA has a new form of compensation for excess workload . This new language recognizes that faculty, counselors, librarians and coaches are performing unwaged labor …

Never Again! (Never say never?)

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Leaders must "think out of the box,” which may require mismanagement of human capital and its …

Tipping points

Many of the comforting little certainties of everyday life that we could heretofore take for granted are being questioned and rent asunder. But one outpost of stability remains: every diner in the …

Walker. O’Dwyer. Adams?

To date, two New York City mayors have left office in disgrace. If newspaper accounts are accurate, a third may soon follow.  The first mayor was Jimmy Walker, a witty, dapper dan who served …

Poor choices, and worse

Columnist S. E. Cupp has written of cases where Democrats encourage Republicans to nominate Trump-supporting candidates believing they are easier to defeat. We see the consequences of this when they …

Why the workers movement is back

After 40 years, the labor movement is back. The large strikes this past year by the SAG-AFTRA, the Writers Guild of America, the United Auto Workers, Kaiser Permanente unions, Los Angeles hotel …

The lure of bonuses and low expectations

Now that the sanitation workers have reached an agreement with the city, this contract round is nearly over, and it’s time for an assessment. In most ways, the round followed the blueprint crafted …

City taxpayers getting scammed under the guise of jail reform

During the early rule of the Roman Empire, Pyrrhus of Epirus won a decisive battle against the Roman Army although the victory also significantly destroyed his own forces, thereby ending his military …

Politicians' indifference is plain to see

I recently saw a large, colorful poster on the subway platform that is part of a recent advertising campaign promoting New York City. The sign read, “We Love That Hate Is Never Ever Tolerated,” …

Salt shakers

A "salt" in the workplace is the salt of the earth.  Not the condiment, but the union activists. These so-called "salts" are righteous deceivers who apply for jobs, not for the purposes stated …

UAW strike was a winning strategy

The victorious six week UAW strike shows why strategy is half the fight. It’s the polar opposite of the lack of strategy of my union, the California Faculty Association, I wrote about in my last …

The name game

Are political dynasties the fruit of the loom of hard work or the fruit of the loin of families who have passed the baton of leadership from kin to kin out of devotion for public …

COs doing hard time

The NYC Correction Department cannot discipline its way out of this penal quagmire that is the result of a nine-year maelstrom of political failures and ineffective jail policies and the next DOC …

End of watch

The Department of Education is forever doubling down on its professed advocacy for schoolchildren, especially when its idealism is belied by actual policies that contradict it. They fervently tout …

How to lose a strike before it begins

Earlier in October, we faculty, counselors, coaches and librarians of the California Faculty Association voted to strike at the largest university system in the country. The 29,000 members of CFA …

Key needed for Aisle 3

If you'd rather be in denial than be reminded that our society is crumbling, then don't go to stores like Walgreens and expect to be able to be an educated consumer by comparison shopping for …

Kill shelters and legislative aides

New York City doesn't advertise a civil service title of "executioner,” but its Animal Care Centers, which are under the eyes-closed watch of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, are in the …

Hollywood screenwriters strike put a leash on AI

The recently ended 148-day-long Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike by 11,500 Hollywood screenwriters is one of the most important strikes in decades because it tamed the Hollywood corporate …

Coral snake management

"Red and yellow, kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack.” That old rhyme can save your life. It illustrates the difference between two species of snake that look similar, but one is …

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