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Union bosses make hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, new report shows

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

A new report from the left-leaning Center for Public Integrity (CPI) shows union bosses would stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal salaries and Democrats would lose millions of dollars in campaign donations if governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states win their budget battles. The new CPI report calls into question union bosses’ and Democratic lawmakers’ true motives in those states, showing that they’re possibly more concerned about losing revenue and personal salary than they are with collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.

Salaries for the 10 largest unions’ bosses range from $173,000 for the United Auto Workers’ Bob King to $618,000 for Terence O’Sullivan, the president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka makes about $283,000 per year. Gerald McEntee, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), makes $480,000. The AFSCME stands to lose the most from any of the governors’ budget victories, as it’s currently the nation’s powerhouse public sector union, with around 1.5 million members nationwide.

McEntee maintains that this fight is about collective bargaining and giving workers rights, even though he’s making much more money than most of his union’s members nationwide and his salary has increased by about 4 percent annually.

“All of us need to make our voices heard in the coming days,” McEntee wrote in the Huffington Post. “We need to make it clear to the politicians that their own perks and salaries should be cut before they take a cleaver to the wages, benefits and rights of working men and women.”

The unions collect revenue from union dues, which, more often than not, workers are required to pay because of labor laws. So, workers are paying these salaries for their union bosses. That’s the source of revenue for political donations as well, and if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other governors win their budget battles, the unions would not raise as much money through union dues, which would, by extension, mean they couldn’t donate as much to Democrats.

The AFSCME has been raising the amount of money it spends on political activism steadily for years.

“As membership in AFSCME has grown, so has its political activism and political spending,” the CPI report states. “AFSCME spent $90 million in the 2010 elections, and most of that went to Democratic candidates and affiliated organizations.”

  • bigdave

    UNIONS(COMMUNIST COLLECTIVES) WERE CREATED FOR TWO PURPOSES: 1) TO SET UP A FORM OF GOVERNMENT AND KEEP THAT GOVERNMENT IN CONTROL…FOREVER. 2) TO ALLOW THE LAZY, INCOMPETENT, NON-PRODUCTIVE TYPE PERSON TO GET THE SAME PAY CHECK AS A HIGHLY SKILLED, HARD WORKING, HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE INDIVIDUAL. THATS WHY THE “PAY” IS BASED ON “TIME” WORKED….RATHER THAN “VALUE” OF PERFORMANCE. JOIN A UNION AND BE AS AVERAGE AS YOU CAN BE!!!! UNIONS ARE THE DEATH OF HARD WORK AND CREATIVITY….AKA…THE DEATH OF AMERICA.

  • bigdave

    THE DEMORATS HAVE NEVER BEEN TAKEN TO TASK FOR THEIR GIVE-AWAY OF SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS TO IMMIGRANTS WHO NEVER PUT A DIME INTO IT!!! WHERE IS THE TRUTH?! THE LEFTSTREAM MEDIA HAS COVERED UP THE TRUTH AND LIED FOR DEMORATS LONG ENOUGH AND THEY SHOULD BE EXPOSED FOR It!! MANY IMMIGRANTS WERE PAID $2000 PER MONTH, OVER $60,000,000,000 PER YEAR STRAIGHT OUT OF SS FUNDS! NO ONE SAYS DIDLEYSQUAT! AND, SS IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT DEMORATS! I PAID $400 TO $600 PER MONTH AND MORE FOR YEARS, AND THE EMPLOYER MATCHED IT! AND NOW I COLLECT PENNIES ON THE DOLLAR?! JUST AS IN THE COURT SYSTEM, IN THIS COUNTRY THE “TRUTH” NO LONGER MATTERS. LIES RULE AS DOES THE BEST LIAR. ATTORNEYS MAYBE? HAD ENOUGH YET?

  • grundoon

    Governor Walker should just leave all the mess the demonstrators made and leave a broom at the office door of all the democrats who left town so when they return they can start cleaning it up.

  • jfhdsiu

    Public union bosses are RICH. Their useful idiot members are demanding that the state budgets be balanced by taxing the h_ _ _ out of the RICH. That means that they want their bosses to pay up with the money that the union bosses extort from the public union members. They feed on their own. Both ways. Then they cover up their cannibalism by blaming everyone but themselves for the state’s budgets being bereft of funds to pay them with!Sick and perverted!

  • Scrap Iron

    Like I said yesterday, this would be bad because….?

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