The current starting salary of a Sanitation Worker is $31,200 per year. The current labor agreement provides for periodic increases to a maximum of $67,141 after 5 1/2 years. In addition to the basic annual wages, Sanitation Workers may also earn differential payments based on their specific assignment and overtime.
It was reported that hundredsof NYC sanitation workers earn over $100,000 per year prompting outrage by NYC tax payers who have lost their jobs due to the poor perofrmance of the economy. It doesn't help that billions of federal stimulus dollars were used to shore up failing public sector union pensions funds.
According to the Manhattan Institute's "See Through New York" database of 2009 pensions, nearly 180 retired employees make over $66,000 year -- in other words, over and above the maximum salary of currently working employees. In fact, 20 retirees make upwards of $90,000 in retirement, up to $132,360.Councilman Dan Halloran asked the feds to look into this after nearly a half dozen City workers informed him of the job action.
[...]According to an October report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy, New York City has nearly $63 billion in unfunded liabilities for government retiree health benefits -- effectively shoveling $7,343 per city resident into public workers' pockets.
The investigation by the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's public integrity unit was prompted by Queens Councilman Dan Halloran's revelation that guilt-wracked sanitation and transportation workers had confessed an alleged work slowdown to him.
If the claim is true, the feds could examine whether wire or mail fraud statutes were violated by workers pocketing overtime pay during an illegal job action, sources said.
Of course not every worker is a lazy slug, but apparently enough are. If the union is found to be complicit in this action, look for some horrendous lawsuits that will break them. Hey, this is the Big Apple, look for lawsuits anyway.