City Workers Face Penalty for Taking Snow Day

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – City workers who stayed home during last Thursday’s storm are facing penalties, even though Mayor Bloomberg asked non-essential workers to stay home.

WCBS 880 Reporter Rich Lamb with comments from Mayor Bloomberg.

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It was the day the city was dumped with over a foot of snow, and early that morning Bloomberg told thousands of the city’s municipal employees to take a snow day. Now, WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports those who followed the Mayor’s instructions could be docked a vacation day or comp time for doing so.

“At 4:30 or 5 o’clock in the morning the buses weren’t running and it looked like it would be impossible to get to work and we said ‘okay, you can’t get to work…we’re gonna close.’ Two hours later things were a lot better. The obligation is to come into work and if we can close them, we can open it,” said Bloomberg.

But the mayor added, “We’re not going to penalize anybody, if you could not get into work, all you have to do is sign a form.”

What do you think, is it fair to penalize workers after asking them to stay home? Comment below!

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  • homeslice

    where do we get the form from to fill out. Does anybody know.

  • Jerry_Leigh

    Those who have written memos to stay home will win the grievance that their union will, undoubtedly, file–just as they won the grievaces against Giuliani and Koch, when they pulled similar stunts.

  • Maran

    Dictator Bloomberg is hard at work hurting the people of New York. Those of you who voted for him got what you deserved. The man is insane.

  • Larry

    First, the Mayor INSTRUCTED all non emergency employees to stay home. He is the City’s Commander in Chief. City workers ultimately answer to him. He instructs us to stay home, we follow his direction.

    Second, I received TWO emails the morning of the storm INSTRUCTING me to stay home. Assistant Commissioners are EXECUTIVE STAFF who gave specific instructions to stay home, specifically stating “…the office is closed today.” In my agency failing to follow instructions of an A.C. is viewed as insubordination.

    Then the City forgoes any ethics and now wants to dock its employees for following orders of executive staff and the Mayor.

    The lack of decency, integrity and professionalism is very disturbing. It’s a disgrace to the City I love, reside in, and generally enjoy working very hard for. What a disappointing shame.

  • bigdennis

    i hope that anyone who gave up a sick day to the city gets that time back.

  • Bill

    Wow. Plenty of highly paid executives at the investment bank where I work took the day off too because of the snow. This guy is a vicious madman.

  • frank

    Give me a break. I worked for the Airlines and Nassau county if you can’t make it in on a snow day you have to use a sick day, personnel day or vacation day. What is it the employers fault you can’t make it in? Oh and by the way I never missed a day because of a snow storm. those were the best days to drive because no one was on the road!!!

    • JoeSchmoe

      But Frank, if your employer told you to not come into work because the office is closed, and then tells you “oh, by the way, you have to use your own vacation time for that day off,” how would you feel? How can you come work in an office that’s closed?? If he didn’t shut down the City, and I couldn’t make it in, fine – it’s my vacation day. But he says one thing and now the other. He flip flops in his decisions. We didn’t go to work because City Agencies were closed. I would have tried to make it in if he didn’t shut down the City and informed all Agency Heads that the City was closed.

  • JoeSchmoe

    The Mayor never ceases to amaze me. How many times will he have to pull stunts like this for the Citizens of New York City to realize that he really doesn’t care about them? He’s only in it to benefit his after-Mayor life. Go against previous voters by going for a 3rd term, appoint close friends to high paying City jobs, congestion pricing…all to benefit himself. He’s scratching other people’s backs now so that they have to scratch his after he’s out of office. I wouldn’t be surprized if his company has a stake in the College Point rebuilding. Time for the Weasel to leave office! The Citizens of NYC can only blame themselves because they voted for him for a 3rd term. He could have been out of here 2 years ago!

  • ignatz

    It makes no matter anymore. Bloomberg is following a very specific agenda designed to hurt and anger the people of NYC. It is to break people down. That is why certain neighborhoods were not plowed after the major snow events. It is the reason for him pushing gun control. That is also why he is banning smoking in the city. It is all about control. He has the power and the citizens do not. it’s become kind of a running joke with the higher-up’s in city hall. The more upset the citizens get, the more Michael has been said to laugh.

  • Ben Yankin

    I think he may be bi-polar and has gone off his medicine.

  • Bloomberg Blows

    Bloomberg is an idiot. He’s definitely not getting re-elected. He’s getting too old.

  • Lewis A. Harvey

    When the mayor of New York tells city employees to stay home because of the weather, you stay home because of the weather. You don’t have to check 2 hours later, discover weather conditions are different and then dash to your job. And that is that.

    Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York, as everyone knows, inhabit a planet deep in outer space as yet hitherto undiscovered by NASA’s space explorations. And let’s hope it stays undiscovered.

  • John

    No employee should be penalized for staying home last week.The roads were extremely icy,and driving and walking was very difficult.The Mayor just simply hops on the subway from his expensive residence on east 79th street-not everyone has the luxury of having a subway station or bus stop right near where they live,and consequently,they have to walk on very icy sidewalks and run the risk of falling and getting injured.

  • Elmo

    Bloomy is losing it.

  • Larissa Katherine Schwartz-Macklin

    This is the wonderful city of New York!

  • dougalcandy

    Really–just sign a form? We were told we had to take it as a sick day! After being told by e-mail that offices were closed.

    • Michael

      you have to fill out the form in detail as to why you could not make it in to work.. why must we do this the mayor said the agencies was closed. this is becoming a city that is control by one person. it seems like we the people don’t count. he has put people in charge that don’t have the experience and want to take out the civil service workers and run these agencies like private corporations. everyone must fill out those form and stand union strong and send him a message that we are not going to let him do what he wants and get away with it. his money may mean a lot where he comes from but this city means a lot to the residents, and the worker that support it.

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