So every morning and every evening I watch the news. Sometimes I watch WPIX news or ABC news. Every now and then I'll tune into CNN. Sometimes I read the paper, whether it be the NY Times, the Daily News, or The Post. All we ever hear these days is about the economy, the job market, unemployment rates, and all the horrible things attributed to either the president, the governor, the senators, the legistlature or some other person in politics. The economy, both national and global are completely down the tubes. I get that. I don't understand why people just can't understand. It is not Obama's fault that the global economy is bad. It is not (in NY's case) Governor Patterson's fault that the state budget is in shambles. So in NY's case, Governor Patterson asks state workers to please take a pay cut. Union offcials are up in arms saying "NO NO NO. Our workers won't take a pay cut." Meanwhile the alternative is if the workers don't take the pay cut, 8,900 people will be out of work come August. The union's response to this is that "The Governor won't save as much money for the state as he thinks by forcing pay cuts or laying off employees." Ummm.... Let's see.... Lemme do the math here. Now if all the employees take even a pay cut of $1,000 per year and there are about 1.5 million state workers then that is
1,500,000 x $1,000 = $1,500,000,000. I think 1.5 billion is a big savings, don't you?
Now if he lays off 8,900 state workers who go home with about $25,000 per year starting (he'd be laying off the newbies not people who have been employed more than two years) that is still 8,900 x $25,000 = $222,500,000. That is a bare minimum. Which granted, by laying off those 8,900 employees he's only saving less than a quarter of what he'd save if EVERYONE took a paycut, but still, that $222,500,000 he can put elsewhere or put towards the stupid fare hikes the MTA wants to put in place. Sighs. If everyone would do their part to help rather than bitch and moan maybe this world wouldn't be as fucked up as it is.