We've been fielding a steady stream of e-mails and phone calls since reporting last week on a proposal to add a union stipend to the union paid leave that SEIU Local 1000's president and three vice presidents receive.
The plan would set the president's combined state pay and the new union stipend at $150,000 per year. Vice presidents would receive their pay and enough stipend money to earn $125,000 annually. The proposal's author, Marie Harder, has said that the extra union payment wouldn't affect the four officers' state retirement, nor would it qualify them for SEIU's employee retirement plan.
We've heard enough reaction that it seems like a poll is in order: