NY City sewer engineer paid $775k in 2010

A Photo of a Worker Entering a Sewer Through a Manhole

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.

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