Late last year, Washington Post writer, Michael Leahy, spent several days following Dave around to see just what his life is like on a day-to-day basis. His article also appeared as a cover article in the SuperBowl Sunday edition of The Post Sunday Magazine, along with another dramatic collection of photos taken by The Post’s Brian Smale. Read The Pain Game and check out the Slideshow in the sidebar.
The Seattle Times’ Stuart Eskenazi wrote a front cover piece on Dave and his plight for their Sunday Pacific Northwest Magazine that hit the newsstands on SuperBowl Sunday. They also published a series of photos from Times’ photographer, Harley Soltes, that followed Dave over a couple of days in his life. That’s where this great picture came from.
Welcome! This is the first post created for Dave Pear’s Official Blog. Dave devoted his early years to playing football and achieved what most people can only dream about: He made it into the NFL as a respected defensive tackle. After graduating from the University of Washington, Dave was drafted into the NFL to play for the Baltimore Colts in 1975, then went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the expansion draft of 1976. He was the first Buccaneer selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978. Dave was subsequently traded to the Oakland Raiders in 1979 and in 1980 played for a winning Super Bowl XV team to earn that coveted ring.
Fact: Hypocritical Union Leaders Overpaid
AFL-CIO report neglects its own exorbitant executive compensation
Washington, DC – Today, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) called on union leaders to stop their hypocritical attack on American business. The AFL-CIO’s new “Executive Paywatch” report, which highlights the salaries of corporate executives, conveniently forgot to include the excessive pay of its own leadership. To help the AFL-CIO complete their report the CUF is making available information regarding union officials’ bloated salaries in 2005.
The Plumbers paid former General President Martin Maddaloni $1.3 million in total compensation, and Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Patchell almost $900,000 – after they were ousted for disastrous pension investments in a Florida hotel. According to the Association for Union Democracy, the buyout agreement included “salaries and benefits plus free use of cars and other perks through the end of 2006.”
AFSCME President Gerald McEntee recorded total compensation just shy of $585,000. General President of the Laborers Terence O’Sullivan made more than $528,000. National Education Association President Reg Weaver made almost $439,000.