Are Progressive Era Workrules Obsolete?

NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith thinks so. Writing March 18 in the Wall Street Journal, Goldsmith states:

  • “New York City has more than 300,000 employees who work under more than 100 collective-bargaining agreements…”
  • “Seniority rules . . . prevent any significant rewards for outstanding performance and make dismissing bad apples . . . all but impossible.”
  • “Antiquated and overly complex procurement rules lead to year-long delays and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.

The Empire Page asked two dozens expert observers to comment. The initial posts — two supporting and two against — have been published in the Improving New York section of the website. Additional contributions will be posted in the coming days.

The Empire Page is also soliciting the views of its readers in its Poll Question of the Week, which can be found on the Home Page.

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