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Union boss pay: Drip, drip, drip

| Wednesday, July 26, 2006

After the Trib published the names of 65 local labor union officials who, excluding benefits, receive annual compensation exceeding $100,000 -- including one raking in about $208,000 -- a gentle breeze, rustling leaves and a lonely cricket should not have been the only sounds.

Especially since union workers in blue-collar jobs average $12.61 per hour in the Pittsburgh area, slightly more than $26,000 annually with regular work.

Readers learned that overpaid union bosses are as adept at rationalizing as overpaid corporate executives. The only difference being that no one dares to suggest union bosses are little more than greedy swine.

When a failed corporate executive receives an outrageous sweetheart compensation package -- and alas there is more than one CEO in this region who, by advancing to the level of his incompetence, qualifies as a poster boy for the Peter Principle -- he and the corporation board are rightly criticized.

One of the perpetual arguments offered by today's "progressives" (yesterday's liberals) is that there should be a supposedly reasonable ratio tying executive pay to that of the working stiffs.

And yet when a liberal has the opportunity to criticize labor greed the way he does corporate greed, the only sound that comes from his mouth is the drip, drip, drip of blood whenever he bites his tongue.

Why is this?

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