Unions and PBA's are the American taxpaying workers best and only friend. Black Power, White Power, nope. Union and PBA power is the only real power.
In image, yes. But oguon it's just an image. Patrick "Patty Cake" Lynch is the ultimate marketeer. He's so slick looking, square jaw, perfect teeth and every hair in place, he could sell gas to the Devil. Unlike today each department had their own separate PBA's but NYCTAPD and NYCHAPD had the exact same template as NYPD so what they received through collective bargaining we got. Only thing it was all or nothing from Wagner to Koch or it was a massive ticket blitz or blue flu. Your choice Mr. Mayor. The one singular event that started the wholesale destruction of the big 3 in NYC was the layoffs in the 70's. Beame and Codd actually received credible death threats. Other NYC agencies memberships were on the chopping block too. NYC Sanitation union leader John DeLury was the only union president that struck stark terror and blind fear in City Hall when he called a wildcat strike that left NYC rotting with uncollected garbage. Instead of capitulating in the purposely stalled negotiations he actually went to jail for his rank and file. All the other union leaders including gun carrying PBA leaders punked out. If America had him at the helm instead of Tropicana Head all our problems would be over. John DeLury was a real union leader. A man among men.The police union makes Jimmy Hoffa look like a fresh rosy cheek choir boy.