Mark Rosenthal is the president of Local 983 of District Council 37 – which for those of you who don’t speak “Big Labor” is the largest municipal government employees’ union in New York City. He’s also the subject of one of the most embarrassing feature stories we’ve ever read – courtesy of The New York Post.
According to the Post‘s report, Rosenthal – who weighs more than 400 pounds – doesn’t do much to earn his $156,000 annual salary (or the estimated $1,400 in additional monthly food expenses he incurs on the back of workers). In fact the description of his typical day sounds positively “dreamy.”
“He eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, like clockwork, he goes to sleep with a cup of soda on the table and the straw in it,” one union bureaucrat tells the Post. “Then he wakes up, looks at his watch and says, ‘I have to get out before the traffic gets bad.’ He’s usually out by 4 p.m. after being at the office two hours.”
Ah, the American dream …
Rosenthal offered up two excuses for his snoozefests, the first being that it’s normal for influential executives like him to take “power naps.” Okay. His second excuse? That he’s taking pain medication for backaches that makes him tired.
Why does he have backaches? Because his fat ass fell through a chair at a McDonald’s restaurant a year ago … one of several embarrassing incidents related to his morbid obesity.
“(Rosenthal) last made embarrassing headlines in 2009, when he inspired a City Council bill requiring jumbo-size ambulances for morbidly obese patients after he had a stroke at City Hall,” the Post story adds.
Wow … and of course in addition to his girth-related issues, Rosenthal is also facing more conventional allegations of corruption and cronyism (we know … hard to imagine in a New York City labor union).
As we’ve noted previously, unions are cancers on the American economy that need to be cut out completely. And they are being cut out – at least by the private sector. According to the latest U.S. Department of Labor data, only 6.6 percent of the private sector is unionized. All told, only 11.3 percent of the nation’s workforce is unionized – a 97-year low.
Part of the reason?
Corpulent, corrupt bureaucrats like Rosenthal … who remind workers that the abuses of their union “leaders” are every bit as bad (if not worse) than the abuses of “management.”