Seabrook: Public Layoffs Aren’t a Stimulus Package

I just got off the phone with Norman Seabrook, the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association who backed Michael

I just got off the phone with Norman Seabrook, the president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association who backed Michael Bloomberg in 2001 and 2005 but yesterday called him “crazy.”

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Seabrook isn’t happy with the mayor's talk of possibly laying off 7,000 municipal workers in pension costs aren't reduced.

Seabrook said there’s something incongruous between the messages coming out of City Hall and the mayor’s re-election campaign.

“I look at a commercial that says the mayor wants to create 40,000 new jobs. Yet, I read statements from his office and read articles from Mark Page that say we’re talking about laying off 7,000 municipal employees. So my question becomes, which is it? Is it 40,000 new jobs or is it, remove 7,000 municipal employees that continue to keep this city moving forward?”

Seabrook said everyone has to chip in to help the city get through the fiscal crisis, but said union workers “are not the stimulus package to bail out New York City.”

He explained:

“Because A.I.G. failed, because all of these other companies in New York City have failed, it doesn’t become the responsibility of the municipal worker to bail them out. We’re not partners with A.I.G., we’re not partners with Chrysler, we’re not partners with Ford, we’re not partners with the ‘Big Three.’ That’s not our job. So, you want to solve the crisis of the city of New York, but you want the municipal workers to bear the biggest chunk of this? That’s unacceptable.”

Seabrook: Public Layoffs Aren’t a Stimulus Package