Life’s grand if you are a union boss

There is no cushier job in life than that of a union boss.

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UNION heavyweight Mark Rosenthal has a relaxing work routine.

Mr Rosenthal sidles into the office at 2pm every day, eats lunch and then goes to sleep at his desk.

“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 4pm after being at the office two hours,” union vice president Marvin Robbins told The New York Post

Mr Rosenthal earns $156,000 a year as president of a local municipal workers union in New York – a job he has held since 1998.

He has been in the news before. In 2009, Mr Rosenthal inspired a council bill requiring jumbo-sized ambulances for obese patients after he had a stroke at City Hall.

Union officials say the 400-plus-pound (more than 180kg) president racks up $1400 in food bills every month at the union’s expense.

Executive board members told The New York Post Mr Rosenthal significantly over-orders at eateries and takes the extra food back to his apartment.

“He’s always walking off with a doggie bag or extra boxes of food,” said one board member.

Mr Rosenthal insists he works “12-to-14-hour days”, and that allegations against him are “part of a smear campaign” by political opponents within the union.

He says it’s normal for executives to take “power naps”, and his meetings with the sandman can also be notched up to the effects of pain medication he takes for backaches, which he has suffered since falling through a chair at McDonald’s last year.

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