This type of behavior is typical of union thugs who demand lavish salaries and benefits and use extortion as a means of achieving it....
From the NYPost -- Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts -- a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.
Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts
Public sector unions are the primary reason in my opinion why municipalities around the country are flirting with bankruptcy. The value of individual labor should be negotiated the same as any other commodity. Forcing wages and benefits far above what that economic model would otherwise define is unsustainable and we are learning that the hard way. And on the local scale, these strong-arm, union tactics cost at least 3 New Yorkers their lives because emergency vehicles couldn't reach them because of impassable roads that would have been cleared but for the union slow-down.