No Salary Too High If Paid by Taxpayers to Politically Powerful Union Members
There has been some publicity about a New York City sewer worker making nearly three quarters of a million dollars in the city’s fiscal year ending June 2010. The defense has been that the sum included back payments for fifteen years triggered by the final settlement of a longstanding labor dispute.
What the response overlooks is that the worker made $173,000 in 2010 apart from any back payments. And other sewer workers made a comparable amount. It isn’t clear whether the $173,000 included health and retirement benefits, which are are substantial.