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NYC ‘Longshoremen’ Make Over $400K A Year

From the New York Post:

Cushy ‘low-show’ jobs for Mafia kin and friends pay $400K a year

By JENNIFER FERMINO Transit Reporter
March 5, 2012

A small band of longshoremen — including relatives of famous mobsters — were paid for working more than 24 hours a day, every day of the week, at the ports of New York and New Jersey, The Post has learned

Still, you have admire their dedication.

Many of the top earners raked in over $400,000 — a seemingly-impossible-to-achieve amount considering most earn around $30 an hour.

Some of those deep-pocketed dock workers — like the nephew of the late crime boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante — have admitted to actually being at the ports for as little as 30 hours a week.

That paltry schedule didn’t stop Ralph Gigante — a union shop steward who is supposed to make $36 an hour — from bringing home $406,659 last year in salary, overtime and bonuses, according to Waterfront Commission records The Post obtained under the Freedom of Information Act

The staggering salaries and absurd levels of overtime come courtesy of onerous union rules inked by the International Longshoremen’s Association and unwritten special deals that help make the New York waterfront the most expensive in the country.

Lest we forget, these the Occupy protesters are shutting down sea ports out west to try to help various longshoremen unions.

While the ILA is being sued by the feds for alleged links to the mob, none of the high earners cited in this story has been charged with a crime…

Which is a crime in itself.

At any given time, some 40 percent of the ports’ work force — which includes terminals in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Newark — is being paid but not actually doing any work, according to testimony at commission hearings two years ago. In some cases, union contracts specifically state that some positions — like checkers and timekeepers — are on the clock as long as the employees they oversee are working.

“These people don’t have to be at the pier. They don’t even have to be in the state,” said Walter Arsenault, executive director of the commission. “They get paid as if they are working.”

Because ships come in and out at all hours, many of the people who hold those positions are on the clock 24 hours a day, often on time-and-a-half or double-time.

What is wrong with that? As long as they keep up their donations to the Democrat Party.

One of the highest paid employees is Paul Buglioli, according to the commission.

He earned $474,947 in 2011 working as the head timekeeper at Ports America at the Port Newark Container Terminal. His enviable position — among the least labor-intensive for longshoremen — requires no special education or training. It simply involves keeping track of employee hours.

Buglioli’s father, Robert — a former dockworker who was close with Genovese crime-family associate Nicholas Purina — helped him score the job, according to the commission.

Other port workers — like Ralph Gigante — operate under special arrangements that have been in place for decades although not spelled out in any contract.

Gigante admitted under oath at a Waterfront Commission hearing that he is paid whenever any of the men he reps for the union is working at the terminal. The terminal operates 24 hours a day.

His post — which he inherited from his cousin — also comes with unlimited vacation and several hours of guaranteed double-time every day.

Gigante testified that has no assigned duties and his sole responsibility is union shop steward. Despite that, he’s only filed one grievance in his 17 year career…

Joseph Colonna — the son-in-law of “The Chin” Gigante — is also a top earner. He makes $401,105 at APM Terminals in New Jersey as a mechanics foreman, according to payroll records…

Another expensive provision of the union agreement puts all workers on overtime after 5 p.m. — even if they started at 1 p.m…

Who are we to judge? It’s not like we are paying these salaries whenever we buy anything that comes through the Port Of New York.

Oh, wait.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, March 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NYC ‘Longshoremen’ Make Over $400K A Year”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Just like gov’t work. Kinda show up, sorta work, rake in unearned income.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    And yet, they’re always angry.

    I think they have issues.

    Many many issues.

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