- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2013

Angry union members in New York sent their 400-pound president packing after a week’s worth of media photographs and articles that captured and highlighted his on-the-job sleeping habits.

Mark Rosenthal headed up Local 983 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for 15 years. But in a Wednesday-evening vote, he lost his seat to Joseph Puleo — in a crushing 371-165 vote, the New York Post reported.

“No, I’m sorry,” he said in a telephone call after the votes were tabulated, the Post reported. “I don’t have anything to say.”

Several voters cast ballots for Mr. Rosenthal’s challenger in direct reaction to recent revelations about how he spent his work day — in part, sleeping at his desk, as May 28 photos from the Post proved.

“We’ve got to get Rosenthal out of there. No more fat cat,” said one Parks Department worker just before voting, the Post reported.

And another, to the Post: “Mark’s been sleeping for too long. We want him out. The fat cat has been sleeping and we’re going to wake him up today,” a Parks Department peace officer said.

Mr. Rosenthal was collecting $156,000 in annual salary provided by union dues, the Post said. He also managed to rack up huge union-paid food bills, with one month’s receipts showing eating costs hitting at $1,400, the Post reported.

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