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Who is in charge? Our elected officials or the union bosses?

The New York Post is now following up on their reports that New York City snow removal supervisors sabotaged road cleaning efforts during the holiday storm. The paper is reporting key neighborhoods — where the rich and politically powerful live — were targeted.

People died when emergency vehicles could not maneuver the snow-clogged streets.

Citizens reported seeing snow plows driving on city streets with their plow blades raised, instead of moving snow.

An Investor’s Business Daily editorial compared the union action to the corruption revealed decades ago by another newspaper account that became the basis for “On the Waterfront”:

“It is well over a half century since Elia Kazan revealed the dark underside of organized labor in his Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando and Lee J. Cobb, based on a lengthy Pulitzer-Prize-winning series of articles by New York Sun investigative reporter Malcolm Johnson about true events on the union-run Manhattan and Brooklyn docks.

“All these years later, you don’t need a mob-backed Johnny Friendly bullying people to play ‘D-and-D’ and not ‘go squealing to the Crime Commission’ for union practices to result in people dying.”

D-and-D is short for deaf and dumb.

At least a few workers are squealing on their supervisors who reportedly ordered the labor “action” in protest over budget cuts and demotions.

Who is in charge? The elected officials or their unionized public servants?

Only happens in NYC, you think?

Here in Clark County, as reported in today’s paper, the heads of the two largest police unions have told local cops to not to talk with investigators looking into officer-involved shootings or in-custody deaths.

Sound like D-and-D to you?

The story points out, “The situation pits the heads of the police unions against county commissioners who approved the changes (to coroner’s inquest), public advocates and even Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie.”

Allen Lichtenstein, general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, was quoted as saying, "What they’re really saying (is) they’re happy enough to show up when they’ll only be asked questions by friendly DAs, but when they’re asked tough questions by people not in their corner, they don’t want to participate.”

What next? Blue flu?

Who is in charge?

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