Mr. de Blasio’s branding as a “progressive” is fiercely guarded by his public-relations team, who on Tuesday strongly rejected any suggestion that the mayor had drifted from the principles he ran on. Which is to say, not to worry because he’s definitely protecting school bus driver seniority:
Posted: August 23rd, 2014 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In February 2013, Mr. de Blasio and the other Democrats running for mayor that year sent a letter to Michael Cordiello, the union president, urging him to end the strike but promising, if elected, to “revisit” the contracts and “take effective action to insure that the important job security, wages and benefits of your members are protected.”
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The administration tried to get the State Legislature to pass a bill that would require employee protection provisions in future school bus contracts, but it ran out of time at the end of this year’s legislative session. So it turned to a short-term solution: paying the bus companies extra to supplement the salaries of employees who took cuts under the new contracts, restoring their salaries to their previous levels. (They will not get retroactive pay.)