Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that some public pension funds dangle perilously close to bankruptcy, the New York Times reports.
The Times story says: "In California, New York, Michigan and New Jersey, states where public unions wield much power and the culture historically tends to be pro-labor, even longtime liberal political leaders have demanded concessions — wage freezes, benefit cuts and tougher work rules."
In Burlington, the former police chief cleared $200,000 in 2009, according the latest Globe review of municipal salaries. Search the Burlington salaries here.
And in Salem, dozens of city employees are making more than the mayor. You can search Salem's city salaries here.
The two batches of data are the latest to come from the Globe's review of municipal salaries throughout the region.
In Waltham, the mayor said she often works seven days a week because of meetings and events, but she ranked 26th on a list of the city’s top earners, taking a back seat to several rank-and-file police officers who bolstered their earnings through detail and overtime work, according to the latest Globe review of municipal salaries.
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Elsewhere in the region, Danvers Town Manager Wayne P. Marquis, as the highest paid municipal worker in Danvers last year, earned nearly $20,000 more than the next person on the list and was paid far more than at least one mayor of a neighboring city with a larger population, according to the latest Globe story on local payroll records.
The 52 town employees in Danvers who made at least $100,000 last year included 25 police officers, 10 workers at the municipal electric utility, and seven school district employees.
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The Globe reported earlier that Eighteen of the top earning 25 town employees in Brookline were police officers in Fiscal Year 2010, as working details and overtime enabled some officers to more than double their salaries, according to the latest Boston Globe study of community salaries. In several instances, patrol officers whose base pay would have been less than $60,000 ended up earning well over $100,000.
Check out a searchable database of the Brookline salaries here and see others below.
Over two years the Globe's regional sections have compiled stories and data on salaries and pensions of city and town employees. The lists are dominated by police officers earning thousands in overtime and detail pay, and educators.
In Newton, police dominated the top 20 list of earnings for 2009. Police Chief Matthew A. Cummings topped the list, earning $157,997. Two police lieutenants, John J. Bartinelli Jr. and David E. Tempesta, finished second and third, respectively, earning $157,109 and $153,747.
In Malden, recently retired police chief Kenneth Coye should collect one of the highest city pensions this year, according to Malden city records. Coye, 59, will receive $89,176 after stepping down as police chief in December after 33 years on the force and seven years at the helm.
And in Medford, retired police and fire employees dominate the list. Read the story here and the searchable database here.
In Needham, a police lieutenant made $157,000. In Wellesley, three brothers are on the police force. In Norwell, the list is dominated by school employees.
The latest is the Globe's report on city of Boston police salaries.
And there's more. You can search for the employees, their positions and salaries below.