“That is a lot of money for you to be putting out for paying not to be sick, which is essentially what we’re doing here,” said Christie.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the union representing state workers have reached a tentative agreement that could avoid close to 3,500 layoffs if approved by the union’s membership, which voted against an earlier agreement.
Wisconsin state workers protesting a move to severely curtail their collective bargaining rights have found allies in New Jersey.
Bloomberg said in his speech Wednesday on Staten Island that spending cutbacks won’t stop New York from transforming itself into a city of the future.
The letters to 898 people slated for layoffs announced by Gov. David Paterson in October advise them of their rights under union contracts and civil service law.