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It’s about power, not income equality

During the Cold War, the demand for higher pay became the demand for “income equality.” The reason appeared obvious: for the past five decades the income gap between the top and bottom has grown …

Greedflation

Never exaggerate the facts to prove a point because you lose credibility when you take liberties with the truth. Gas that costs $3.99.99 per gallon is not $4 gas. And the average CEO's pay is not 400 …

In a sanctuary city, the creation of a crisis

Since President Joe Biden took office, over five million undocumented immigrants have entered the country illegally. Sanctuary cities are municipalities that go out of their way to protect …

Local government, hot on your tail

"Just make it happen!  No excuses!" The orders of drill instructors are unambiguously persuasive and bone-chillingly absolutist. They are like primal screams that compel compliance without the …

Gain of Function

"Gain of Function.” Has a familiar ring. Could it be an aspirational dream for improvement of governance? Too often our elected leaders' bully pulpit is more a lectern for tea and …

Prosecutions won’t stop Trump re-election

The next president will be sworn in Jan. 20, 2025 at noon. With all of his legal troubles this summer, the Democrats are mistaken if they think it won’t be Donald Trump. None of the 83 charges for …

Rein in the CCRB

The Civilian Complaint Review Board continues to do a disservice to the citizens of New York and police by giving credence to frivolous complaints. Case in point: Last year, a police lieutenant in …

Open bargaining flips the power dynamic

Open bargaining is becoming more widespread as more unions like one of my own adopt it. As it does, we should not take for granted that conservative leadership is willingly going to allow the rank …

Dog days: Barks and bites

The dog days of summer are upon us and it's been a bitch for New Yorkers. School is around the corner and parents are around the bend. Cameras to enforce congestion pricing are being erected like …

Fun City grimace

When the government plays "gotcha" with its citizens, it deserves all the payback the little guy can provide. I'm touchy about images of cruelty to animals, so I won't say what happened to me one day …

A lost opportunity

At the Labor Notes conference last year, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien told us that if the union could not reach a new contract with UPS by the end of July 2023, the Teamsters would not extend …

Iron Triangle / Iron Will

I woke up in the middle of the night with clammy palms, a pounding chest, racing pulse and drenched in sweat, hallucinating a lunar landscape where ogres, resembling a cross between Jethro of Beverly …

Accept no substitutes

When an argument is a "no-brainer,” we shouldn't need to justify it with footnotes or cite chapter and verse.   The positions taken by labor unions, even on issues that have no direct …

Ed-Wise: States of schools and states of minds

Several recent education-related stories affecting the city have arisen recently and they each deserve their word equivalent of 15 minutes of fame. Eric "Roger Rabbit" Goldstein, the former head of …

Killing the Taylor Law

At a recent worker organizing conference I heard a talk by a PSC-CUNY member who called for repealing the Taylor Law. During the break, while we talked about how to do that, they dismissed using …

Sewell, who made history, leaves NYPD with integrity intact

The trouble with breaking glass ceilings is that the shards can be hazardous to the glass-breaker. Based on newspaper accounts, it seems former Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the first female …

How the city’s ‘bridge’ exam can succeed

Correction: The requirement that candidates for staff analyst trainee positions have work experience in areas including budgeting, methods analysis and operations research of four years with a …

Congestion: cough up

"Civil Discourse": that's the forgotten password that's causing so many error messages. Can it temper the road rage in the debate over congestion pricing? Anyone who recalls a city government that …

On June 23, the stretch of 19th Street between Avenues N and O in Brooklyn was renamed “Eddie Kay Way.” Speakers honoring Eddie included Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and former Mayor Bill de …

Election 2024: An unlikely scenario

Besides being a hell of a lot of fun, the absolute dream race in 2024 — for most Democrats, at any rate — would be a contest where Donald Trump narrowly loses the Republican nomination for the …

The red umbrella

If King Charles II, the 17th century ancestor of the current British sovereign, were alive and cruising today, would he admit to the high-born principles that drove his unchallenged carnality?  …

Supreme Court attacks right to strike

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court took aim at our right to strike. In the   Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union 174 case, the court ruled 8 to …

Blank Slate: Read all about it

The newly passed Clean Slate Act does not refer to a slate of pristine candidates for elective office. The annals of political mischief are bleach-resistant. But the records of ordinary mortals can …

The ill-health of health care

As a retired New York City Transit worker, I switched health-care plans at 65 when my previous coverage expired. I happily chose traditional Medicare with Aetna as my secondary insurance. Now I find …

For cops, the CCRB is the anti-Clean Slate

It is no secret that the right and left have opposing political views. But in this city, the left is firmly in charge and they have made it clear that their agenda has little use for law enforcement. …

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