Bus Drivers Earn Six Figures as Others Lose Their Jobs

As Obama et al. push card check by hook and by crook in their campaign to expand unionization, some of us may need a reminder as to why this country can’t afford it — just in case GM and Chrysler collapsing into Big Government’s arms after being bled dry by unions isn’t fresh enough in everyone’s memory. Here’s one from Wisconsin:

[Bus driver John] Nelson earned $159,258 in 2009, including $109,892 in overtime and other pay.

His colleague Greg Tatman earned $125,598, also by driving a bus. Seven Madison bus drivers made 6-figure salaries last year, “thanks to a union contract.”

The stratospheric sums are acquired by exploiting overtime:

And there was a lot of overtime — $1.94 million last year, $467,200 more than the bus system budgeted for and the most ever for the system — as employees exhausted sick leave and took advantage of unpaid leave through the federal Family Medical Leave Act, officials said.

Where does the money come from to pay out these bonanzas? From the private sector, which is why jobs are drying up.

Moonbatty Madison is only a microcosm. As noted earlier, the same lunacy is being imposed by the federal government:

The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession … Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.

Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector. … When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000. … The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.

The Age of Obama is a great time to be a union member working for Big Government — and a lousy time for those who have not yet been absorbed by the government Borg. If our socialist rulers manage to throw you out of work by sucking money out of the private sector and you’re forced to ride the bus instead of drive, try not to notice the caviar stains down the front of the driver’s shirt.

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On a tip from Edward. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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