From McManus to the T & G owners: New York Times Company
By Rosalie Tirella
Former Worcester pol Jim McManus recently complained about Lt. Governor Murray guy Jim Leary going from working for Murray in Boston to a specially created job – fit just for him!- at UMass Med and now this news: This year Leary got a huge pay raise at UMass. Thousands and thousands of dollars in salary increase while other UMass Med workers (63) have just been laid off. (Could some med school be playing favorites to make some Lt. Gov happy or to thank him for all those stem cell reasearch center bucks? (or so they can get even more research funding)
People hate it when politicians reward their people with sinecures. They hate to see their tax dollars thrown at some poltical operative – thousands and thousands of dollars – while their pay checks shrink.
Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson was obviously oblivious to this. In her column, she spent a few paragraphs poking fun at McManus but never reporting on one of his main points: Leary’s huge pay hike (while other UMass Med workers got laid off). Williamson didn’t, however, forget to slime the Med Center’s president Collins for his recent mega-raise. Is it because Collins is not a member of the good ol’ local boys (Tim Murray) club that she – and Jim Leary – belong to? Continue reading More from Bill McManus on T & G coverage and Jim Leary’s UMass pay raise