They're influential in a special way: Who else gets to help choose the people who set your salary?To start with, many CEO's of publicly traded companies, whose pay trends toward the astronomical with little regard for performance. Except when was the last time you heard somebody decry a CEO's often disproportionate influence in the choice, compensation and retention of those who set his pay while the board was simultaneously slashing his salary. I'll make that even simpler: When was the last time you heard of a board slashing a CEO's salary?1
There's something incongruous about making such a claim is made about public sector unions, even as they're threatened with abolition by elected officials.
1. CEO salaries are, it seems, often set by "Lake Wobegon" standards.