It was a thing of beauty watching the City Council cower and weasel in the face of union bully Brian D’Arcy and a room filled with his IBEW Local 18.
At issue was whether new hires by the Department of Water and Power would be treated the same way as police, fire and civilian workers under proposed City Charter reform proposals that at best are so mild that amount to just a 10 percent cut and will have little effect for a couple of decades.
“Nonsense,” D’Arcy called the audacious idea that his workers — a privileged class even among the privileged classes of city workers.
It took D’Arcy just 43 seconds to make his point and then he watched as one Council member after another, milquetoasts as they are, rolled over and agreed that it would be unthinkable to treat DWP workers like everyone else.
More time is needed, lots more time, maybe years more time, to impose even tepid cuts on pensions and health care for Darcy’s people, council members said.
Showing the depths of his courage, Paul Koretz whined about how D’Arcy would spend a fortune to crush any attempt to fix the DWP pension problems so he offered his unconditional surrender.
It’s better to be sure to rate water and power rates on the four million residents of the city and the hundreds of thousands of businesses.