Anthony Weiner Hits Mayor Bloomberg on Teacher Contracts

Anthony Weiner at Memorial Day ceremony in Co-Op City. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Anthony Weiner at Memorial Day ceremony in Co-op City. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

Anthony Weiner took one of his strongest shots yet against Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday afternoon, criticizing the mayor’s attitude dealing with teachers and the teachers’ union.

“Would any business treat its employees—meaning teachers—as badly as their boss is treating them?” the ex-congressman said following a Memorial Day service in Co-op City in the Bronx.

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Transit Tango

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John Samuelsen speaking at the Local 100 rally Sunday night. (Photo: YouTube)

As the Giants fought the Packers in the divisional playoffs Sunday evening, another battle was unfolding at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown, where the Metropolitan Transportation Authority held an all-night session of contract negotiations with the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents the people who operate the city’s subways and buses.

Outside the hotel, the union held a raucous rally, where hundreds of members gathered in the freezing cold to hear their president, John Samuelsen, give a defiant speech about the contract talks. A pair of big-screen TVs broadcast the football game to the crowd. In addition to the winter chill and periodic cheers for the Giants, the threat of a crippling transit strike hung heavy in the air. Continue reading “Transit Tango”