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Should these Union Workers be Charged with Fraud?

The feds are looking into the possibility that sanitation workers may have committed crimes by deliberately slowing down work in the early stages of the blizzard cleanup, according to law enforcement sources.

Sources tell NBCNewYork that anyone caught in a work stoppage could be charged with wire fraud for collecting pay and overtime for work they did not perform.

One example includes YouTube video of three sanitation trucks allegedly parked for many hours outside a Dunkin Donuts, while workers sat inside drinking coffee. 

Concerns were also raised that City Hall may have been leaderless when the blizzard hit, according to a front page story in Wednesday's Daily News.  Mayor Bloomberg, who often visits his Bermuda getaway on weekends, refused to say if he was away for the holiday weekend.   The deputy mayor usually tasked with snow cleanup -- Stephen Goldsmith -- was away in Washington.  Another deputy mayor, Howard Wolfson, was vacationing in London.

This potential leadership vacuum has led City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Queens) to consider proposing a law requiring the mayor to formally notify the city clerk when he's out of town and has named a temporary replacement.

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grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:20 PM on Jan. 5, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If they did it, but good luck proving it. Everyone who works in any kind of union shop knows things like that happen ALL the time, but it takes more than hearsay to prove it. In a situation like that, unless someone is recording their trucks or watching them with a stopwatch to compare to previous days they watched with a stopwatch, how do you "prove" how much the snow slowed them down?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:26 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • NO
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 1:26 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • All union workers? or the ones being investigated? Why would any old union worker be charged for something that was allegedly done by sanitation workers?

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:27 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • I agree NP.... Seems like more of a "political posturing" move to me... Looks better to say they 'investigating, etc'~ instead of doing nothing at all..
    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:27 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • All union workers? or the ones being investigated?


    The article clearly elaborates beyond the question asked.... Simple reading comprehension... ;o)

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:29 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Mayor Bloomberg, who often visits his Bermuda getaway on weekends, refused to say if he was away for the holiday weekend


    Why does this matter? Is this like being pissed at Christie for being away when he knew a blizzard was coming?? who cares....

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:29 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Yes they should. And what is the big deal of Christie being on vacation when it snowed? Did you think he should be out plowing?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 1:33 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Why does this matter?


     You would have to ask NBC New York... ;oP

    grlygrlz2

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 1:33 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  •  

    Yes they should. And what is the big deal of Christie being on vacation when it snowed? Did you think he should be out plowing?

    That was my point, just like why is it important that Bloomberg may have been...gasp...away for the HOLIDAY WEEKEND...as questioned in the OP

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:34 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

  • Wouldn't it be nice if we all knew that the boss, the mayors, can leave town, and even if there's a blizzard, they can count on their workforce to handle the situation?

    Just imagine if the road crew could handle the job EVEN if the mayor is out of town!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That'd be great!
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 1:42 PM on Jan. 5, 2011

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