Sleeping on the Job: A Story of Big Labor’s Monopoly Power
This is almost too much to believe but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true:
Last week the NY Post ran a story about two late-shift, unionized public employees sleeping on the job. According to the Post, “(S)leeping workers are a familiar nighttime sight along the streets of NoHo and SoHo around the Angelika theater, which is next to the transit crew entrance.” And what do these arrogant deadbeats get paid for shirking their responsibilities? $33-an-hour.
I’d like to tell you that this story is a new development — but it’s not. Two years ago a supervisor and a mechanic were caught sleeping in a locked office at the same facility by the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Inspector General’s Office, which conducted a surprise raid. The same supervisor was discovered to have been moonlighting as an electrician for 20 years — and ordering a subordinate to falsify his hours. A clear-cut firing offense? The MTA reportedly tried, but union work rules required an arbitration process.
The man received a 30-day suspension as his “punishment.”
Outrageous? Here’s the most damnable part of the story: when the NY Post looked in workers’ cars parked near the facility, “several” of them “had pillows and blankets on the back seats.”