Life’s grand if you are a union boss

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


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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  • niggly

    Crikey, what can one say to that?

    This takes the cake?

    Seriously though this dude need to spend his member’s dollars doing some working up at the gym :-)

    He could even hold union meetings meetings there and kill two birds with one stone … rather than it be the other way around one day!

  • Gene O’Donnell

    Pretty easy to score political points using this technique.

    Let’s see… thirty seconds of thought and I get…

    Life’s more fun when you are a business friendly politician

    “A female politician, Nicole Minetti, has been accused of organising girls for Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
    It has been claimed that women paid to have sex with Berlusconi dressed in nurse and police uniforms and performed stripteases at parties.

    The damaging allegations emerged in court documents, which are part of a probe into Berlusconi, looking at charges of extortion and using under aged prostitutes.

    Some women even put on a “lesbian” show for him and his cronies, reports the Daily Mail.

    Former dental hygienist Minetti, now a local politician representing his party, is named as a recruiter of the girls.

    She was his dental hygienist, and swiftly made the move into politics by joining his People Of Freedome party, scoring a seat in Lombardy’s regional parliament.

    According to a telephone transcript a former police officer said: ”Minetti was there with her chest out kissing Berlusconi continuously. It was a real whorehouse. All the girls were given rings and necklaces.”

    The 400-page document went on to describe how there were wardrobes with varying uniforms which the women would put on to carry out stripteases and how they would dance seductively, semi-naked, lesbian style.

    • niggly

      Crikey, unlike that “lucky” italian git, I don’t imagine women would be paying those union dudes for sex!

      Then again maybe the union dudes would have some wild fantasies, what say chicks dressed in business suits?

  • pidge

    So, he’s not pulling his weight?

    • Mr Sackunkrak

      He’s pulling something alright! A great bundle of wedge from his members. The good thing is that parasites generally die when they kill their host. I feel sorry for the host.

  • Jman

    A backache from falling through a chair at you can’t make this shit up

  • Col

    Disgusting, and he gets paid just for eating?

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    He will be fit to lead a Union here in NZ…..

  • Donovan Jackson

    Repulsive, certainly, but I’ve always taken the view that if you get you day’s work done, the amount of time it takes shouldn’t be an issue. It’s how I’ve run my life for the past 13 years or so. But I don’t sleep at my desk.

  • DLNZ

    He has a lot in common with Helen Kelly. Its about time they both woke up and did something useful – or fucked off.

  • Grizz30

    This guy probably sleeps all day because he has sleep apnoea. He needs to spend some of his income on a CPAP mask.

  • AnonWgtn

    New Zealand Union leaders have something to look up to, and try and achieve.

  • Phil

    At least he won’t be drawing much (if any) of a pension