CAPITAL IDEAS:Public Employee Unions Must Accept Reality on State Pensions, Work Toward Reform

CAPITAL IDEAS:Public Employee Unions Must Accept Reality on State Pensions, Work Toward Reform

A janitor who works for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system made nearly a quarter of a million dollars last year in regular and overtime pay. Another janitor made more than $200,000 while a third came close. The highest-paid worker earned $57,946 in base pay and $162,000 in overtime, and was one of 35 BART workers who made more in overtime pay than in base salaries.

As the old saying goes, “nice work if you can get it.” And not many can. In this case, the “nice work” seems to be available only to public-sector union workers.

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