LABOR: The $94,000 Hardhat

In the heat of debate over labor contracts, more than one management negotiator has hyperbolically contended that some particularly rash union demand would turn the workers into millionaires. For a few fortunate union members, that is no longer a wild exaggeration—not since the New York Times uncovered the story of Tom Dowd, 39, a labor foreman working on the two 110-story towers that make up Manhattan's World Trade Center. During six years of scheduled work on the project, he stands to earn more than $500,000 in wages. Last year alone Dowd cleared $94,000, and the union of which he is...

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