O.T.B. Union President Says Bloomberg Isn't Helping

The union that represents O.T.B. workers says Michael Bloomberg’s widely quoted statement on why he doesn’t want to bail out the betting operation is unfair.

Regarding his hard line against O.T.B., Bloomberg said yesterday, "New York City is not going to lay off one cop, one firefighter or one teacher so that we can support a bookie operation."

The mayor’s decision not to subsidize O.T.B. could close the operation down by next week, unless the state steps in.

At a rally outside City Hall today, Lenny Allen, president of the union that represents O.T.B. workers (DC37 Local 20210), told me he doesn’t like Bloomberg’s equation.

“For the leader of this city to try to pit the contributions of one worker against another is repulsive to the labor movement," he said. "And I think that he should take a deep breath and realize that he did not help the situation.”

O.T.B. Union President Says Bloomberg Isn't Helping