I posted about this on a weekend and it's so absurd people thought it was an April Fool's Joke...
The Cliffs Notes of the story is that the new Comcast skyscraper being built in Philly is striving to be the "greenest' skyscraper and the plans called for waterless urinals (saving over 1 million gallons of water a year)...BUT, this is Philly, and the plumber’s union is crying foul. What could they grossly overcharge for if no piping and service is needed?
So, our lovely Mayor, John Street, has "brokered a deal" between the building's owners and the union (Local 690)... Please, is it just me or is this one of the MOST RIDICULOUS THINGS you have EVER heard... Ready?
"Under the agreement, the skyscraper gets the high-tech toilets, but the plumbers get to install water lines to those toilets -- even though the lines are not needed.
Mayor Street denies that it’s featherbedding:
“This is a relatively new technology, and I believe it is eminently reasonable to have backup facilities should something go wrong with the new technology."
Street also says he’s ordered a review of the city code, which does not address waterless toilets since they did not exist when the code was written. (source)
So...they have to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars in dormant copper lines to appease the Union thugs? Why not just write an extortion check and call it what it is...
(H/T: Night Rider)