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    More Work, More Pay: Bloomy Tells Police And Firefighters

    MORE WORK, MORE PAY: BLOOMY TELLS POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS

    By TOM TOPOUSIS

    August 28, 2002 -- Cops and firefighters demanding salary hikes should take a lesson from the city's teachers, who agreed to work harder and longer in exchange for more money, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday.

    "That's the only way we are going to generate more funds for them," Bloomberg said during a City Hall press conference.

    "Last time I checked, the city's deficit going forward is roughly $5 billion and unfortunately there is not any monies available over and above the monies we've already budgeted."

    The fate of police and fire department contracts is now in the hands of a state arbitrator, whose decision on pay increases will be binding unless the city and unions come to a negotiated settlement first.

    In June, the teachers union and the mayor agreed to a new contract that will raise salaries 16 percent over 30 months. In return, teachers agreed to work 20 additional minutes every day and to resume lunchroom duty.

    Bloomberg said the savings from work concessions allowed the city to add six percent to its pay package for teachers.

    Al O'Leary, spokesman for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, noted that unlike teachers, who work 180 days a year, there's little room in an already over-worked cop's day for major productivity gains. "What can we give back? We already work longer days than the majority of police departments in the United States," he said.

    A spokesman for the firefighters union did not comment.


    http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/55915.htm

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    Just my opinion

    Ok....I guess that I'm confused, but I'm wondering this....

    How exactly does Mayor Bloomberg think firefighters and police should work harder? Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't they already put their lives on the line everyday that they go to work? And if they are already working 24 hour shifts, where are they going to put in extra time?

    Sounds to me like trying to compare apples and oranges. Though teachers, police and firefighters are all important, I don't think you compare teachers to firefighters or policemen.

    Course, this is just my opinion.

    Jean

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    And a good opinion it is.

    Not exactly a brainteaser, though is it?
    Dosen't this big business man stuff get ridiculous? How about cleaning up the waste somewhere else in the city payroll to find more to give to those who deserve it?

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