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The second day of the New York City bus strike parents are scrambling to get their kids to and from schools more than 8000 union drivers and aides.
Have walked off the job -- is happening because Mayor Bloomberg.
Wants to solicit competitive bids to save the city money we're talking mapping boxer the city spent one point one.
I'm busting every year I think this city has the right to but the brakes on save the taxpayers some money but here -- -- My favorite Chicago Joseph Marino and so happy to see yet.
Good to see you Melissa what about -- so you don't think they have the right to put the sap -- competitive Ben.
Of course they do or not I must preface of that I'm in Chicago.
And I know about as much about about this as you do.
But I would say this is that as I look at this issue of course haven't put -- the -- here in Chicago we we look at privatization.
And public private partnerships as a good thing.
But these workers haven't no other.
-- -- then they're gonna lose our jobs so if I were them.
And I would want the mayor and and others to say look we understand he might have to go to private company we'd like to be able to do the same job we're doing today.
There -- gonna do next year and it doesn't seem like the -- willing to agree to that.
And so what what are they supposed to do in June they will lose your job.
And if I were them and I would support them if I was accounts over there I'd be supporting the right to strike all stripes are not created equal.
We -- other strikes on your show Melissa but in this case they have nothing else to do besides strike actually only tool in their -- And I support the one area I think when you when you story and a 150000.
Kids in New York City and you have parents who have to get to learning can't because they're trying to figure out how to get their kids to school law.
That you lose its kind of sympathy and when I look at their budget and I see that they spend we we we here in New York -- Seb then thousand dollars a kid.
To get kids to school in this city.
That is so densely populated there are schools on every block and you look at other cities and in the Chicago and that's been 5000 I was a kid which still feels like a lot.
When you look at Miami and look at that Miami thousand dollars -- -- LA which is as sprawling as they come they spend 3200.
Dollars a year I mean my.
And right and I don't disagree the but I'm interest and workers -- -- -- the middle class Y in your city.
Have we provided billions of dollars to AIG and others in taxpayer bailouts because of -- huge mistakes that were made.
And then working class families working class people.
In this situation.
Because they make an average of 35000 dollars I think is the average bus -- salary New York.
I mean give me a brick.
With cousin now 129 dollars an hour.
I'm not you know I mean it's not it right so I wouldn't give any AIG the Clinton I don't wanna get -- -- -- to anyone for anything so what we did we did yeah we did not and that.
And now we're focusing on bus drivers and make an average of 35000 dollars a year all other rescued user job next year but we're not what I -- to.
Bus drivers because they're gonna -- -- -- -- -- -- pairs that we're focusing on taxpayers when they bid out the contract for the pre K kids should now that they were gonna say 95 million dollars.
Over five years I want those taxpayer -- and you -- looks.
-- -- private sector spares.
Of course and the private sector in the situation can probably provide some savings -- -- -- the private sector and the situation still gonna hire these union.
Bus drivers what the union vice chairman Hussein.
I -- your twenty years I've done a great job.
Can I have my job next year and we need more people -- -- -- granted on your show about people that don't wanna work.
People who don't want to get the work force these people want to work.
They want to drive a bus they wanna take kids to school they wanna be -- a fit paid a fair wage I think 35000 dollars a year is pretty fair that's eight to make it in York city.
That's what they're asking -- -- the agreement on work and this is so this is not a great disagree with me but that's a cakes we always have a good time anyway is it working for a 100000 dollars a student were paying the most.
But the bus drivers are only making you know fourteen dollars an hour up to 29 dollars an hour 35000 dollars year.
-- of that money right and so and we will.
And we've learned and we've touched on this before me I come from the private sector I think it's acting when you have public private partnerships like I think what's going on -- New York.
Is a good thing but let's protect the workers why can't these get these men and women still drive their boss Melissa.
One thing he said he didn't always -- there's the question.
Who is siphoning off that money -- -- I'm giving my 7000 dollars in taxpayer money.
It's going to somewhere and then it's coming -- the bus drivers not getting his money to.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's in the huge bureaucracy that you have -- New York like we have some in Chicago that need to be will -- being.
You know that the be streamlined but my intends always to protect reportedly says he -- doubt he said the beginning that you -- -- this the first time are you you can't believe you're -- -- Mayor Bloomberg.
You agree with him before I was on the show we're talking about Barack Obama coming to to New York Oxford said don't come.
I just wanted to -- -- And -- at least twice I.
At least twice that I now at least twice and I love and you've done that I I I do you agree -- -- -- -- come -- -- sitting give -- -- -- you drink.
-- -- I love you the best.
Aren't you bastards.
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