While we feel bad for the parents left with few options as to how to get their kids to school, there’s still a bit of schadenfreude watching Michael Bloomberg and the union goons going at it. Bloomberg’s apparently too busy on his insipid gun control crusade to even bother with what’s going on under his watch. Of course it’s never his fault.
Thousands of city kids were left stranded this morning when school-bus drivers and matrons went on strike, leaving parents scrambling to find other ways to get their children to school.
The mayor today said the city won’t back down.
“There’s no extra money so we couldn’t change our mind and cave if we wanted to,” Bloomberg told Fox 5. “There’s only a certain amount of money. I’m not going to move money away from police and worry about safety in the streets to pay bus drivers.”
This is the same guy who promises to bankroll so-called “gun control” measures across the country.
The mayor also said he would not ask the courts to intervene right now.
“I don’t think it’s time yet to do that. Number one, it’s not clear that all of the unions are striking. We’ll find out later this morning. It’s not clear this union won’t come to its senses and say I just don’t want to hurt the kids — and this is not something that’s going to help them. They’re going to lose out on their pay from now until June,” said the mayor.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, predicting widespread problems, says the strike started at 6 a.m. this morning.
“It’s going to be chaotic today, it’s going to be traumatic. This is the first day. It hasn’t happened in 33 years,” said Walcott.
The devastating job action, called Monday by the union representing most of the city’s yellow bus drivers and matrons, left as many as 152,000 children — including 54,000 special-needs kids — faced with travel nightmares or even getting stuck at home for the duration of the work stoppage.
Obviously the unions don’t care about the children.