Monday, June 13, 2011
Mayor Bloomberg Has Privately Given Up On Laying Off Teachers And Will Ask For Municipal Union Help In His Final Budget.
While it is not official, it is now highly likely that Mayor Bloomberg's attempt to destroy the Teachers' Union has backfired and no teacher layoff's are anticipated. While the details need to be worked out, it is a major victory for the children and a significant defeat for the Mayor.
The Bloomberg Administration is now working with the City Council and the Municipal Unions to rescind the planned teacher layoffs and possibly keep open the firehouses. With the Mayor's approval rating dropping and his allies abandoning him, it was inevitable that the Mayor cut a deal that will avert teacher layoffs as predicted here previously. It is now obvious that once the Mayor's attack on "last in, first out" (LIFO) failed, he had no intention of laying off the "newbie teachers" who are cheap and not vested. The problem was that the Mayor's arrogance and attack on the teachers' union gave him few, if any, real bargaining chips to negotiate with. The question was how to find a "face saving solution" to the problem he created in the first place. It now appears that such a solution will come from the Municipal Unions or so it seems.
Let's see how this finally ends but in any case the Mayor has suffered a major defeat and look for the Mayor to become increasingly irrelevant as the days tick by and nobody (except his poodle, Chancellor Dennis Walcott and his cronies at Tweed) will be jumping to the "lame duck" Mayor's beck and call.