Worse news for New York City workers: Mayor will propose 3,750 layoffs
Mayor Michael Bloomberg during his January budget address. AP file photo
The city will reduce its workforce by 13,500 by the end of next month, with about a third of those coming through layoffs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will announce Friday in his budget address.
According to administration officials, who asked not to be identified, the city will lay off 3,750 workers, none of them teachers or uniformed services workers.
"The mayor will propose a budget that will help New York City recover from the economic crisis by protecting our quality of life," Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler said in a statement released Thursday. "Agency budgets are being reduced carefully to maintain vital services like public safety, education and health care."The mayor will also revisit his proposal to raise the sales tax and will announce $400 million in savings through union concessions, including the creation of a new pension tier for incoming employees and savings in health care costs.
Creating the new pension tier would require approval from the state Legislature.
This is down from the $750 million Bloomberg anticipated in union concessions when he presented his January budget plan. The new proposal does not include savings that would have been achieved through employee contributions to their health plans.
In total, the city's agencies will have cut their budgets 16 percent, saving $3.4 billion, for the fiscal year that begins July 1.