Firefighters and NYPD officers continue to pressure the mayor for new contracts
Firefighters and NYPD officers promised Tuesday to do whatever it takes to get a raise higher than what the city is currently offering.
Both groups have been fighting for new contracts for two years and agree that they will now focus on putting pressure directly on Mayor Bloomberg. Pat Lynch, president of the police officer's union, said, "We will continue to wake the mayor up in the morning and put him to bed at night. We will follow him wherever he goes."
Two weeks ago, firefighters dressed in yellow and showed up wherever the mayor was speaking in an effort to get answers. And when the firefighters promised to continue to make scenes at the mayor's speaking engagements, the mayor's press secretary said the mayor will not be intimidated into making a bad deal.
Currently the mayor wants the firefighters to accept the same pay raises that other city workers get, which is roughly 4 percent. But that number is not sitting well with firefighters. The president of the firefighter's union said everyone has a limit and the mayor needs to know that the firefighters are damn close to reaching their limit.