NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio justified Monday giving school bus employees raises through the parceling out of city grant money to school bus companies, noting the workers’ compensation had been cut by the Bloomberg administration.
“These are not high-paid workers,” de Blasio told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb. “We expect them to protect our children, and yet the modest pay and benefits they were getting were going to be greatly undermined. And as we saw that unfold coming into this year, we realized it was unacceptable, and action had to be taken.”
There has been some grumbling about using public money to subsidize the salaries of private company workers.