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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Conservative on Compassion?

Behind the Massacre

The dailies go all-out today on Quinn's demolition derby at the Council yesterday.

The New York Times, the Daily News, and the New York Post.

Turns out, in her path were 61 Council staffers, from low-level $25,000/year secretaries to high-level management earning over $160,000, from press officers to the Director of Finance to the attorney who brought allegations of sexual harassment against the Council and former Queens Council Member Alan Jennings.

But the backstory seems to include a thread of nastiness in the way the firings were executed ('xcuse the pun). No biggie, right? Because isn't that how it's done in the private sector? So seems to go the argument of proponents of Quinn's methodology.

But with so much noise coming out of Quinn and her Council about workers' rights (for example, see here), tis hard not to take notice of the irony and hypocrisy of letting longtime staff members go in such a callous manner, without even a discussion of outplacement services, etc.

Where's the love?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the disconnect between what she advocates publicly and how she presides in her backyard is huge-even though she is within her legal rights to fire/hire at will (barring any discrimination or any other conduct prohibited by law).

I also hope - not that this would sufficiently mitigate the losses to those axed - that there will at least be "outplacement services" to those axed -esp. for those on the lower/mid-level financial scales, regarding benefits, leads for info. on other job possibilities, etc.

2:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ouyplacment services" shure wouuld have been nice when Giff fuired us, I was out of work for over 6 months.

9:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clearly the Council labor policies date back to the Neanderthal era and need a substantial updating.

1:53 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You called it, Roomie...

8:53 AM


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