Yep, while the Union leadership supposedly looks out for the Union rank and file members:
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Ever wonder what YOUR UNION BOSS makes a year?
Union Boss Richard Trumka’s generous paycheck is raising some eyebrows. An article published yesterday in the Washington Free Beacon, titled “Trumka’s Big Bucks,” details AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s latest strategy to encourage his members to fight “out-of-control CEO pay.” But with all this rhetoric about getting executive salaries under control, Trumka still makes eight times as much as the average American worker, while their pensions go bankrupt.
In 2011, Trumka earned $293,750.
According to the recent email from Trumka’s desk, the average American worker makes about $34,000 a year.”
Unfortunately Richard Trumka isn’t the only Big Labor boss with a salary that’s out of control. In fact, his very generous income of $293,750 in 2011 is about average. According to the Labor Department’s total compensation figures, many of the top labor leaders make even more than Trumka:
Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), earned $290,334 in 2011;
Gerald McEntee, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees, AFL-CIO (AFSCME), earned $512,369;
James Hoffa, General President of the Teamsters, earned $372,489;
Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association (NEA), earned$460,060;
Joseph Hansen, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), earned $361,124, and
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), earned$493,859.
While Trumka calls on his members to get “CEO pay under control,” he should take a hard look at the dollars he and other union bosses are pocketing compared to the American workers they claim to represent.
NOW ADD THIS:
Jet set includes labor bosses
By Cornelius Chapman
June 13, 2012
The private jet is an easy target for those obsessed with income inequality. Can there be any more obnoxious symbol of wealth and privilege than a corporate fat cat climbing aboard a sleek chartered plane, avoiding the long lines and security that the rest of us suffer through?
The justifications for such excess usually strike ordinary working stiffs as pious pretexts: The security risks are too great for the CEO to fly commercial, the executive’s time is too valuable to stick to airline schedules, or you get more work done if you don’t have to sit next to a screaming baby.
If you don’t buy these claims, you are free to sell the stock of a company that makes them, or to boycott its goods and services. But what if you’re forced to pay for a high-flying executive’s luxury travel because of a legal monopoly?
That’s the position that union members — and sometimes other taxpayers — find themselves in when top labor leaders share their business counterparts’ distaste for rubbing elbows with the grubby masses.
Take the Machinists Union, which has a private Lear Jet that cost $13 million new, and $1.8 million a year to operate when pilots, hangars, jet fuel and maintenance are added up.
It only carries 10 passengers, so there’s no room for the rank and file.
The machinists endorsed then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, after which his administration adopted a policy of “non-enforcement” against unions which failed to comply with new and tougher rules regarding disclosure of travel expenditures.
At least the machinists have to compete in the free market, so that taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for trips to Las Vegas and other sites that occupy a cherished place in American labor history. In the case of AFSCME, the nation’s largest public sector union, taxes and compulsory union dues are the source of funds that paid for 18 chartered flights for its president over the past two years.
In most cases, public sector workers have no choice about whether to join a union, and taxpayers have nowhere else to go for the public services they need. The 80 percent of Americans who always fly coach have to wonder why union leaders aren’t happy with first or even business class.