They need to address this and end it, quickly: In Methuen, where the average resident earns just under $32,000 a year, five police captains stand to each make $432,295 a year under their new contract. As well as this: Records reveal trooper posts that are overtime all the time in which troopers typically earn about $680 per shift. And so much more. Yes, I am sure these are the bad apples and that a majority of public union members are not paid such wages, but still, to the common working class voter who is begging for a $15 minimum wage, it’s impossible to expect them to feel any sympathy at all when they hear that public sector unions are being attacked.
Moving to Massachusetts several years ago, I was amazed at the use of police officers on routine road maintenance projects and even more outraged to discover that a lot of these were on overtime. I came from a state where all construction crews needed were a person at either side, or just one on a small job, to hold a “Stop/Go” sign – typically a college student on summer break.
From a public relations perspective, it looks like the public sector unions are digging their own grave, and posting an overtime police detail to supervise it.