The overriding talent, such as it is, of a New York man bagging a $166,000-plus annual salary seems to be his big mouth.
…and likely membership in a public sector union.
In a story that rings of made guys in the mob on union payrolls for no other reason than to collect a salary, David Bookstaver butt-dialed a New York Post reporter while running off at the mouth how he does next to nothing on the job.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 17, 2017
The longtime spokesman for the state court system had spoken to the reporter earlier on his cellphone about his work schedule and accidentally called back, leaving a four-minute voicemail while talking to friends, The Post reported.
“I barely show up to work,” Bookstaver is heard saying, having no idea his words are being recorded.
“I spoke to [the reporter] on the record for awhile,” he continues. “I said, ‘I’m in a much less visible position; that doesn’t mean I’m not doing anything.’”
“But, frankly, look, the bottom line: the story’s true. I’m not doing anything. I barely show up to work and I’ve been caught.”
As those around him broke out in laughter, Bookstaver told them the reason he didn’t show up for work is “because they took away all my responsibilities and left my pay.”
“They left me alone and look, I have a big mouth. I told people I’m not doing much. I do take a lot of time off,” he said.
Not that Bookstaver didn’t have the wherewithal to admit he was wrong.
“I kind of asked for it,” he told his buddies. “You know, if you have a big mouth, you know it catches up with you.”
The Post reported that Bookstaver was hired in 1996 and saw his responsibilities reassigned to another position last year after a change in leadership of the state Unified Court System.
Bookstaver, who reportedly only works two to four days a week, and hasn’t worked on a Friday in several years, plans to retire Oct. 1, and he all but thumbed his nose at the possibility he may now get fired, insisting it “would probably affect my pension check by $6 a month.”
“Look, the bottom line is, I’ll suffer through a terribly embarrassing story and then go get my f**king pension and retire,” he said.
That’s the power of public sector unions speaking… which was summed up perfectly in a single tweet:
It’s another example of government waste. The employees get lavish salaries, benefits, and pensions for little work while taxpayers suffer.
— Alexander Rogge (@alexanderrogge) August 17, 2017