Suffolk County wants to sell a country run nursing facility that is bleeding money. Alternatively, they tried to stem the losses by having the union employees agree to work a 40 hour week instead of 37.5 that they currently work. No loss of take home income – working 40 hours like in real (non-government paid for) jobs.
The union response was to deny it. Their position is to let the county sell to private operators.
Union policies are not concerned about whether jobs continue to exist. They are concerned with their members get as much money/benefits for as little work as possible.
Moving these jobs to the private sector is a good thing. The fewer jobs that are based upon government largesse the more efficient the job will be done. And it lowers the cost of funding ridiculous benefit packages for public workers.