Speaking to reporters in midtown yesterday, Michael Bloomberg said New York City will soon face a “reckoning,” fiscally speaking.
Smaller work forces, reduced services and higher taxes all seem to be in the works.
This doesn’t exactly put Bloomberg in a position to ingratiate himself with many of the city’s unions as he heads into his re-election campaign next year.
Greg Floyd, the president of Teamsters Local 237 who is hosting a forum next April for the 2009 citywide candidates, told me, “We’re looking for a budget that is not going to be balanced on the backs of city workers.”
Floyd, whose union supported Gifford Miller in the 2005 Democratic primary, and remained neutral in the general election, said, “We understand there is a serious budget problem. We’re looking for no layoffs from the city and no reduction in services.”
But, he said, his members are ready to “help the city in any way we can.”
Local 237’s forum is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 18 at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan.