By Wayne Barrett with special reporting by Cathy Bussewitz March 04, 2003
The invisible empire of city-funded, union-run welfare funds costs over $820 million a year, the largest pool of virtually unregulated expenditure in Mike Bloomberg's beleaguered budget. These 104 different funds have nothing to do with vital medical, hospital, or pension plans. Instead they cover supplemental benefits like prescriptions, optical, dental, life insurance, and legal services, and, as an overview audit by City Comptroller William Thompson noted last June, "relatively few city... More >>>
By photo: Richard B. Levine
Randi Weingarten, whose teacher-union fund provides real health benefits, is open to talking about structural change.