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who had been at 65 and were important in public relations and making
a lot of money and were always saying to me, “Moe, you know, you
come here, you'll make a fortune.” I said then, and I believe today,
that I was sort of blessed to be in the right place at the right time and
I wasn't interested in making more money. I was fine here. I never
campaigned for wage increases for myself. Whatever the union
decided, we got.
What was the most you made in 1199?
In 1199 I was hired at sixty.
Sixty dollars a week?
Sixty dollars a week. I remember Martin Cherkasky at the
settlement meeting at Montefiore saying to Davis, “How much do you
pay this guy?”
He said, “He makes sixty dollars a week.”
He turned to me, and he said, “Look, if you ever need a job, contact
Anyway, I can't remember what I was making, because the wages
went up as the standards went up. We go to a hundred dollars a week
[cross-talk] So I may have been making at the end -- oh, I'm guessing
maybe $250, maybe $300, probably more than that.
So $250 or $300 a week.
Three hundred, maybe a little more.
But what was the rule of thumb that staff salaries and officers'
salaries were pegged to?
The rule was -- and I'm pleased that I played a role in pushing
this -- that nobody should receive more than what the worker in the
highest category makes, that your salary should not be higher.
Nobody including the president or the [cross-talk]
Including the president. I remember when Dennis came in. His
salary was low, and they needed special action to get him to be raised.
He was not able to pay his rent. That was a big problem.
Well, let's move on to Dennis now.
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