Day-care workers strike in New York
NYC day care workers walk out
Date: June 9. 2004
From the article:
- Child-care workers who look after as many as 50,000 youngsters walked off the job Wednesday in New York's second major strike this week by unions trying to pressure the city for a raise.
- The day care workers, who are employed by centers that serve many poor families and are partially subsidized by the city, have not had a contract in more than four years and have not gotten a raise in 31/2 years.
- The union has rejected a contract similar to one reached by the city and District Council 37, the city's largest union, which would have given them a $1,000 cash payment and a 3 percent raise effective immediately, and a 2 percent raise next year.
Bloomberg said the city simply cannot afford to offer bigger raises than that.
Bloomberg's statement is important, and it is also extremely common: "[We] simply cannot afford to offer bigger raises than that." This is a classic refrain used to concentrate wealth.
Bloomberg knows a great deal about concentrating wealth. For example, this recent article from CBS News notes that:
- Extreme wealth has many advantages, just ask Mayor Bloomberg. He doesn't travel on commercial airliners, only on his company's private jets. And because he can afford more than just luxury, CBS 2 Investigates has learned the mayor's planes will also have very sophisticated, very expensive security systems installed to prevent a terrorist attack.
It’s the ultimate status symbol for the extremely rich. The 35 million-dollar Falcon long range jet. Billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg has 3 of them. But apparently luxury isn't enough.
Note that there is always plenty of money available, whenever and wherever it is needed, to give raises to executives. For example, in North Carolina this week there has been a sudden desire to raise the salaries of university chancellors in the UNC system. They are state employees. According to this article:
- UNC President Molly Broad and chancellors at five campuses could get big raises under a plan to lift salaries to a minimum level compared to executive pay at other universities across the nation.
If approved by the UNC Board of Governors, the annual salary of leaders at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University could each rise by more than $40,000 to $304,392. Broad's pay could increase to $359,182 from $300,485.
The salary levels were recommended Monday by the board's personnel and tenure committee. The group endorsed the idea of paying the 16 UNC system chancellors in the top 75 percent of peer universities across the United States, and then raising the system president's salary accordingly.