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When San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (2014 salary: $12.5 million) needed a clean towel to wipe off his bat handle in mid-game, a clubhouse assistant making a total of $55 for the day probably handed him one.
While the Giants’ bookkeeping showed the clubhouse assistant was being paid for 5.5 hours of work, or $10 an hour, in fact, such workers routinely worked more than 12 hours a day — but still received only $55.
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Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.
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