Union boss under fire for either being too fat, too lazy, too overpaid or on too many painkillers

Christopher Bedford Former Editor in Chief, The Daily Caller News Foundation
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A less-than-surprising look into the world of workers’ rights reveals that one union boss is under fire for either being too fat, too lazy, too over-paid or on too many painkillers (from being too fat), depending on who you ask.

Mark Rosenthal, president of Local 983 of District Council 37, is accusing political rivals of trying to run him out of his $156,000-a-year-plus-perks job overseeing about 3,000 low-paid workers and officers involved in the Parks Department and NYPD, The New York Post reports.

Sleeping at his desk.

Sleeping at his desk.

Those political rivals accuse Mr. Rosenthal of showing up at work — after a union-covered lunch — at 2 p.m., taking a snooze with a full soda, then heading home at 4 p.m. before the traffic starts.

The fatcat fight hit the headlines after coworkers snapped numerous pictures of the 5’7″ 400-pound boss sleeping at his desk. With a soda.

Sleeping on March 27, 2012.

Sleeping on March 27, 2012.

But it’s OK for an executive to take “power naps,” Mr. Rosenthal counters — especially when the executive is on pain medication for falling from a McDonald’s chair that broke because that executive was too big for it.

Mr. Rosenthal, it seems, sees victimization.

“I’m 60 years old, so if I eat during my lunch hour and take a little medication, can’t I close my eyes?” The Post reports he said. “Is it so outrageous?”

Sleeping on May 16, 2012.

Sleeping on May 16, 2012.

Here at The Daily Caller, we see a slippery slope.

If the tow-truck operators of the NYPD are willing to turn on one of their own for his daily drugs, afternoon siesta, impressive diet and formidable girth, who next? If the union won’t protect its own, who will? We’re sorry: We thought we lived in America.

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