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No New Year’s hangover for top CEOs

By lungta     Jan 2, 2007 in Lifestyle
People wonder what the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us looks like.This provides us with a pretty good snapshot
When the Nortel stock took the big dive from 125 dollars a share to around 10 I ran across the payout to the top Nortel ceo for that year. Working on the average 200 day work year and a 8 hour work day I had it figured that for this stellar performance he got paid about 300 000 dollars an hour(including options) that year. My joke always was that I could do that same job for about half.
TORONTO - By 12:13 pm on New Year's Day, while many Canadians were still nursing a hangover, Canada"s 100 highest paid CEOs had already pocketed what will take minimum wage workers the rest of 2007 to earn.
The clock keeps ticking. By 9:46 am Jan. 2, as most Canadians begin another year of labour, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs will have reaped, on average, $38,010 in pay.
"That equals the average annual earnings of workers in Canada,” says Hugh Mackenzie, research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). “And it will take them all of 2007 to earn it.”
By the time Canadians tune into the 6:00 news Jan. 2, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs will have pocketed nearly $70,000. The highest paid CEO will have pocketed more than $570,000.
“If time is money, are Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs really worth more in a day than most Canadian workers are in a year?” asks Mackenzie.
“People wonder what the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us looks like. This provides us with a pretty good snapshot of how unevenly the Canadian workforce is valued these days.”
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