I just said that I was surprised that they made so much money. I'd never pay them that much if I were their boss.
It is kind of all of our business though, since a lot of my tax dollars are going to help pay for those salaries (I think you said 50% of the money comes from government subsidies).
The 70k number is what I would suspect their total annual compenstation is, including their pension and healthcare benefits. I referred to that number earlier in the thread. I don't know what the real number is, but it's more than just their salary.
The no cost of living number came from our government when they announced that there would be no cost of living increase for social security members for 2010. There was no inflation this year, prices did not rise over last year. I didn't make this number up, or government did.
And with 25% unemployement and even more underemployment and basically zero pay increases for most all businesses worldwide, I think it's disgusting that these people would strike right now. Everyone's healthcare costs are going up, no one is getting any raises, millions cannot find work, everyone is worried about losing their jobs, and these assholes think they can strike.
I hope they get what they deserve...and it's not a 4% raise.