(FOXBUSINESS) — In New York City, the light bulbs in 23 housing projects are being changed, switching from the old incandescent bulbs to the energy Opens a New Window. saving LEDs.

You may be wondering why we are spending time discussing light bulbs. Well, here’s why: It cost $1,973 for each apartment. Repeat: $1,973. That’s because, light bulb changing must be done by unionized electricians, who make $81 in base pay and $54 in benefits, per hour. Total cost for the light bulb switch in 23 projects: $33.2 million. To change the light bulbs. These outrageous numbers are reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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