EDITORIAL: Pay freeze beats the alternative

first_imgSeeing your state and local taxes increase because the state doesn’t have the money to fund vital services.Seeing municipalities cut back on plowing and fixing potholes and upgrading sewer and water pipes because they don’t have the money.It’s seeing school districts lay off teachers and aides and reduce funding for special education, food for poor kids, computers and extra-curricular activities.The financial impacts of the coronavirus is a collective slap in the face to our society, to our children’s education, and to everyone’s financial, social and mental well-being.If state workers can’t accept not receiving a modest pay raise under these extraordinary circumstances, then maybe they should take their chances in the real world.Good luck with that.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right way Categories: Editorial, OpinionMany New Yorkers and others across the country have lost their jobs or had their hours scaled back.Many have been furloughed. Many have had their pay cut. Some of the companies they work for may eventually be forced to cut back staff long-term or close their doors for good.Many individuals who have been laid off are having trouble getting through to the state website that allows them to apply for unemployment benefits because so many are in need.On top of that, the coronavirus outbreak has devastated state finances, leaving New York $10 billion to $15 billion short of anticipated revenue, threatening state aid for schools and forcing municipalities and school districts to ponder the possibility of program cuts and tax hikes. Yet state employees unions have used strong language to condemn the governor’s actions, which would deprive many union workers of a mere 2% pay raise.“It’s inexcusable to require our workers to literally face death to ensure the state keeps running and then turn around and deny those very workers their much-deserved raise in this time of crisis,” said the president of the CSEA.The head of the union representing corrections officers and other state agencies told Newsweek that they “won’t stand for it,” calling the pay freeze a “slap in the face.”Well, you know what a real slap in the face is? Losing your job is a real slap in the face.Taking two weeks of unpaid leave so you don’t get laid off is a real slap in the face.Not seeing your pay increase for years just so you can have a job is a real slap in the face.You know what’s also a slap in the face? center_img Virtually everybody is making sacrifices.GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouYet despite the deleterious impacts that the coronavirus have had on all elements of society, thousands of state workers and their union representatives are whining about the possibility that they might not get scheduled pay raises for the next couple of months.Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday confirmed that he is using his emergency powers to freeze the pay of about 80,000 state workers for at least the next 90 days. The move would save state taxpayers about $50 million now — more, obviously, if the freeze is extended.We’re not talking about cutting pay. We’re not talking about laying off or furloughing workers. We’re talking about holding off on increasing their pay for a few months.If you work in the private sector, you’re used to not getting pay raises. Many companies, due to economic circumstances, have frozen pay altogether, sometimes laying off staff to preserve current pay levels for others who remain with the company.The alternative to making these painful cuts and freezes might be going out of business. And that would mean all the employees would be gone.It’s not an easy decision.last_img read more

Morgan Schneiderlin to quit Everton after passing medical at Ligue 1 side Nice with just year left on deal

first_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Funny animals make you happy and laugh funny animal compilation MORGAN SCHNEIDERLIN is poised to quit Everton after passing a medical at Ligue 1 side Nice with just one year left on his deal.The Frenchman, 30, has spent the weekend in the South of France to hash out a deal, according to reports.Morgan Schneiderlin has passed a medical with French side NiceNice director of football Julien Fournier told French media: “He should sign on Monday. He has passed his medical. We are waiting for Everton’s signature.”The Toffees midfielder battled through a tricky two-year stint at Manchester United before arriving at Goodison Park for £24m in 2017.But the French ace has failed to hit the ground running at Everton, clocking up just 18 outings this season before he was hit with a knee injury which required surgery.PSG were confirmed as Ligue 1 champions at the end of April after the top two flights of French football were scrapped amid the coronavirus crisis.And Schneiderlin will still have to wait until the original end of the Premier League season on July 26 to make the move official.The midfielder has clocked up 73 top-flight appearances at Everton, finding the net just once and receiving three red cards. The Frenchman has previously admitted fears that he jumped ship from Old Trafford too soon. The 15-cap France international says you only have to look at the current United squad to know he could have made a career for himself in Manchester.Schneiderlin told BBC Radio 5 Live in October: “I wanted to do more and I had the capacity to do more [at Man Utd].“Maybe I jumped out of the boat too quickly when I didn’t play for three months.“When I look at other players having a great career at Manchester United, they all had a spell of four or five months when they didn’t play.”Everton’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool became the most-watched Premier League match of all time with 5.5million viewers tuning into the Merseyside derby.It topped Manchester City’s 1-0 win against rivals United in 2012, which was viewed by 4.04m fans.Had City failed to beat Arsenal on their first game back since the league’s return, Liverpool would have needed just three points at Goodison Park to secure their first title in 30 years.Football stadiums that were never built, like Chelsea moving into Battersea Power Stadium and Liverpool ground-sharing Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Football player touch female referee s breast!center_img 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more