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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wall Street Compensation

In 2007, CEOs of major corporations were paid on average 344 times the average worker's pay. In the 1970's the ratio was only 40. This is outrageous. Some of this results from the fact that many CEOs sit on each other's corporate boards. A classic case of "You scratch my back and I'll scratch your's." This huge increase in compensation relative to the average worker's pay has occured for all other officers in corporations as well. See Table 6 in the following research paper:
I strongly support regulations that require corporate boards to allow their stockholders to vote on whether or not they support the proposed compensation packages before they go into effect. The stockholders' vote would simply be a recommendation, but if the board goes against the wishes of the stockholders, the stockholders can remove the board members if they wish. Congress has been considering just such a bill:
Unfortunately, from what I've read most recently in the press, it seems that Congress is going to make it optional for corporations to allow stockholders this privilege! What kind of regulation is that? It sounds to me like the 35,000 lobbyists in Washington have been busy. If I were in Congress, I would publicize this attempt to turn this legislation into something nearly worthless, in the hopes that legislators would stand firm if their consitutuents were aware of what they were doing.

Shame on Congress if they allow this change in the Executive Compensation Bill.

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