Monday, January 3, 2011

Ny State Governor Cuomo winks Goodbye to Unions with a proposed one year freeze on state workers pay.

In keeping with his word newly sworn in Ny Governor Cuomo has begun finding ways of slashing Ny states $9 billion defecit. One of the fist places is going to be the once untouchable state union workers. Gov. Cuomo has proposed a one year salary freeze on all state workers. The proposed freeze in pay is meant to show the state is in serious financial trouble, also that the Governor is willing to make hard fiscal decisions. The pay freeze would be a savings of $200 to $400 million for the year.

Governor Cuomo has two things going for him, in March the unions contracts are up for negotiations and also both Republicans and Democrats or shying away from unions right now with all the major deficits that have to be paid for. Ny State has 190 thousand workers in the union system the vast majority of them are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association. The CSEA has said that they are willing to negotiate with the state but they don't want to feel like the are being backed into a corner.

It once was dream for many getting into any type of union. The union represented security, health care , pensions and consistent raises. Now Unions represent big expensess over bloated pension funds and major health care bills. Over the past few years look at all the big blows Unions have taken. To be a Teamster these days it cost more then you get paid , Uaw got wiped out with Gm , Ford renegotiated and now State unions are starting to get a economic reality check.

Ny Times - Cuomo Plans One-Year Freeze on State Workers’ Pay


  1. Good site James and a good article, It is long past the time where we need to take a serious look at the unions and the pension problem that has many cities broke.

    I cover some of these areas also over at

    I have followed yours as well

  2. Thank you for the kind words. I hope you visit again.

  3. I was "union" all my working life...back when unions had a backbone.

    I have added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit my blog and become a follower also.

  4. Thank you for sharing this article; I think it is great Governor Cuomo is taking this route to help his states economic issues. I am enjoying going through your blog site as well. :o)

  5. Thank you. I have a lot more planned please come back often. I think Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Christie are the new type of politicians coming to power. They would not be able to take such actions if not for the economic situation though.