Union Cause and Effect
I just heard a report on 630 WPRO in which the public sector unions in New Bedford explicitly rejected a pay cut in full knowledge that the city would have no other option than layoffs. Said one firefighter (approximately):
We’re going to have to work harder, and response times are going to be slower. People are just going to have to expect that.
In other words, the unions’ vote didn’t preference just layoffs over paycuts, but degraded emergency service over paycuts.