If you were awarded new benefits that included better working hours, 5 weeks of vacation, a lower retirement age, and a larger cubicle, you'd probably say “Yeah,” especially if there were new safety enhancements included as well. However, a group of workers in New York City said “Nay” to these perks. Well they are a special class of employees--and they're the type of workers who say “Nay” to everything.
The famous carriage horses that take tourists through New York's Central Park and participate in countless movie scenes and marriage proposals were the subject of recent legislation by the New York City Council to improve conditions for horses used in what is called “the carriage industry,” according to news reports.
These domesticated draft animals's benefactor, Council Member James Gennaro, sponsored the bill, with the support of Mayor Bloomberg, which gives these new benefits to the horses:
- Work prohibited between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- 5 weeks of “vacation”
- A lower age for retirement
- Larger stalls
- Warm, waterproof blankets for inclement weather
- More training and licensing requirements for drivers
- Emergency breaks on all carriages
- Reflective materials on tack and carriages
Sources: Fox NY and WCBS