The Governor continues to speak heresy, now asking public employee unions to forego 4% pay hikes. The unions say no way.
What needs to happen are program cuts.....fewer workers....Revisiting collective bargaining agreements is difficult because those with enough seniority to be immune from layoff see no reason to make concessions.
These state labor agreements are pretty cushy at 4% for multiple years. But they are contracts and the Governor needs to find other ways to reduce the scope of government. While surrendering one year's pay hike makes for good headlines, it does not solve the systemic problems. First on the block should be a defined benefit retirement plan, something long ago abandoned in the private sector.
Governor calls on state workers to forgo 4 percent raises : Albany : The Buffalo News