Employee Compensation

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Back to Normal: LIRR Workers Reach Deal with MTA

    Governor Andrew Cuomo predictably stepped into negotiations Thursday night between union leadership and the MTA, just three days before a planned work-stoppage of more than 5,400 workers and service on the Long Island Railroad. The union had worked without a new contract for four years before the ag ... More >>

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    February 23, 2014

    Minimum Wage Hike is Popular, But CBO Report Reels Rightbloggers into Attacking It

    Since President Obama proposed a new $10.10 minimum wage in his last State of the Union address, rightbloggers have been sore about it. But out of apparent respect for -- or fear of -- public opinion, they'd been keeping their mouths shut about it till last week. That's when a Congressional Budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Boycott at Brooklyn Wendy's Apparently Causes Owner to Rehire Worker Fired For Striking

    Management at a Downtown Brooklyn Wendy's probably thought it was sending a stern message to its staff after one of its employees was fired this morning for participating in yesterday's city-wide walkout. Well, just hours after laying down the law, it appears that the owner stepped in and hired th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2012

    With Budget Cuts in Mind, Bloomberg Hands Out Raises To A Smaller Staff

    Yesterday, we reported on the $2 billion worth in cuts that would skewer the budget in the next two full fiscal years. The main targets included the Police, Sanitation, Corrections, Education and Fire Departments of New York City; overall, the Mayor told the departments that they would have cut thei ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Veto! Bloomberg Rejects Wage Bills, Says City Council Proposal Would Kill Jobs

    As expected, Mayor Mike Bloomberg today vetoed the City Council's wage legislation, but unlike his past public comments on the matter, he didn't go so far as to compare the bills to Communism. Still, if the legislation passes, Bloomberg will sue. The proposals in question were the prevailing an ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Is New York's Minimum Wage Too Damn Low?

    If you've been following recent developments in the capital, you've probably heard that Dems in Albany have been pushing for a $1.25 minimum wage increase -- from $7.25 to $8.50. And most New Yorkers would be OK with this boost. This change would impact more than 600,000 New Yorkers who are someho ... More >>

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    March 13, 2012

    AG Eric Schneiderman Will "Never Ask Your Immigration Status" In Employment Beefs

    ​If you're an illegal immigrant working in New York, you've got a friend in a pretty high place: the New York Attorney General's Office.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman penned an op-ed yesterday, in which he vows to "never ask your immigration status, or share immigration information with federa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Mike Bloomberg: Remember, It Costs Money to Pay A Living Wage

    In his weekly radio show, Mayor Mike Bloomberg took the opportunity to remind everyone that he's not the biggest fan of a living wage bill. It's been one of the hot-button political issues this month that put City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a bit of a pickle. Basically, Quinn, a mayoral hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street: Actually Sort of Good for the Cops?

    Along with Mayor Bloomberg's recent sentiments that "protests that are trying to destroy the jobs of working people in this city aren't productive" comes a slightly different, still employment-based, perspective, which is the NYPD's recent announcement that Occupy Wall Street has cost taxpayers $2 m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Mayor Bloomberg and Bonuses: A Classic Flip-Flop?

    Bonus baby​One major theme of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's State of the City Address yesterday was his call for belt tightening in light of spending cuts and tough economic times. The mayor specifically brought up one example of spending that he hopes to eliminate: the $12,000 annual Christmas b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Another Day, Another Lawsuit, This Time at Cafe Habana

    ​Cafe Habana is arguably as well known for its photogenic waitresses as it is for its Cuban sandwiches, even going so far as to pimp them out in its annual Habana Girls calendar ("12 months of beautiful women and fun ways anyone can help the environment"). But it seems that some of those waitr ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    Have You Seen... Uptown Bank Robber

    ​We're told that the number of local bank robberies is down this year -- 159 versus 244 this time last year. Nonetheless they're still happening and one went down Thursday morning at the Bank of America at Broadway near 107th Street. The suspect, pictured, is believed to be in his 30s, and 5' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    State Legislators Double-Dip Salaries, Pensions; Lone Holdout Honored

    ​If voters are unhappy with the state legislature now, wait'll they hear that four members are collecting both salaries and pensions for their service to the state. The New York Times finds that assembly members Harvey Weisenberg, Rhoda Jacobs, John J. McEneny and William L. Parment, all Democ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Times Asks/Tells Employees to Take 5% Pay Cut

      The New York Times, we learn from interoffice memos reproduced at, is asking its employees to take a five percent pay cut. Well, it's actually telling many of them to take it, or leave it (to make it more pointed, they also announce 100 layoffs), but the many unionized members ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    NY1: Albany Dems Dish Out Fat Raises to Aides

    These days, when many people are seeing their salaries cut, it seems there are only two jobs in which you can reasonably expect to make more money in the New Depression: as failed executives of bailed-out corporations, and in politics. We previously saw NY1 reveals that dozens of Democratic aides ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Cuomo May Seek Giveback of $4B Merrill Lynch Bonuses

    The saga of the $4 billion in bonuses paid to collapsed Merrill Lynch just got funnier for everyone except the people who received the money. Having subpoenaed ousted Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain (and the head of Bank of America, which took the firm over) about the bonuses, AG Andrew Cuomo is said t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Online City Payroll Search Site is Lazy Journalists' New BFF

    When announced it had a new feature with which one could search New York City public servant payrolls, scribes got busy with it. "Wonder how many people work at the Landmarks Preservation Commission and how much they make?" asks MSNBC. "There are 60 full-time employees making from $ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Sorry, Pops: NY Firms Fail to Crack Older-Worker Top 25

    In 2002, AARP's "Best Employers for Workers Over 50" included two (2) companies from the New York area. This year's list of 25 geezer-friendly firms includes no New York companies. Within commuting distance, if you can get your tired old bones out there, are Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jer ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008
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    January 8, 2008

    "Frosty the Goldman" and Other Odes to Subprime Profiteers

    This video of protesters greeting Goldman Sachs investment bankers outside of their holiday party may be a week or so old, but the sentiments are timeless. And hearing the lyrics to "Frosty the Goldman" would melt even the coldest heart (unless of course that heart belongs to the bankers who profit ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2007

    His Name Is Mud

    But despite Con Ed's disasters, its CEO still rakes it in

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    July 10, 2007

    NYPD Green

    Bad boys on the job, bad boys on the job; whatcha gonna do when they won't pay you? Go to arbitration.

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    April 16, 2007
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    October 27, 2006

    Yellow Rat Bastard Busted

    After complaints that he's been exploiting his workers, Yellow Rat Bastard owner Henry Ishay was arrested Wednesday for failing to maintain proper payroll records. The bust was part of a larger investigation by the New York State Attorney General's office into allegations that the “streetwise ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2005

    Bush Against the Ropes

    Democrats ought to be able to put him away, but you know how they are

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    January 11, 2005
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    June 11, 2002

    Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Echoes From the '60s Haunt Bloomberg's School Reform

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    January 2, 2001