We've heard of the "Blue Flu," and maybe what happened in New York City would be called the "White Flu." It's the job slowdown initiated by the union bosses regarding the snow cleanup. See New York Post.
New York taxpayers might be accustomed to a municipal service snail's pace. So it's remarkable that the intentional work slowdown was leaked to the public, and if it hadn't, would they have considered that possibility?
Power Line tells us that public employee unions have been legal only since the 1960s and 1970s and are legal in roughly half the states. However, governments don't have the same incentive to keep costs down as businesses have. Power Line goes on to suggestion, "it is time to ban public employee unions."
I believe our own fair city of Midland, Texas, dutifully withholds union dues from the workers' paychecks to make it easier for the unions. But a union directed slowdown couldn't happen here, right? Think again. A union rep wanting higher taxes made a veiled threat (pdf) in a letter to the editor just last summer.
To quote Power Line again, "It is time to ban public employee unions."