April 18, 2013
Local 237 is not in the habit of negotiating through the media, as Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway did before the Citizen Budget Commission yesterday. Healthcare costs are rising throughout the country. Innovative ideas such as wellness programs to better manage weight, diabetes and smoking can reduce costs by 10%. Those savings could then be applied to collective bargaining agreements.
We have made this suggestion to the City for at least the past 10 years and we should continue to discuss healthcare savings. But Holloway chose to announce that the City would give nothing to City employees.
This is an offer that we can, do and will refuse.
Hercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.
Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.