NY Public Workers Under Attack
Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City's Public Employee Unions
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/09/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21285
Book review of Richard Steier's Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City's Public Employee Unions.
Steier's starting point is clear: he supports the public sector, the workers who work in it, and the unions who represent them. He also thinks that state and local elected officials, and union leaderships, could be doing their jobs better. He sees plenty of blame to go around when looking at why they are not. But he also continues to hope things will improve.
The book provides a crash course into New York public sector labor relations. Readers will learn a surprising amount about pension legislation - for those of us in the public sector, Steier's explanation of the Variable Supplement Fund alone is worth the books price - and the 30-plus years' erosion of union power in the city.