Several hundred American labor leaders are paid over $250,000 per year in money taken from workers’ paychecks, despite union claims of speaking for “working families” against “corporate greed” and other popular leftist boogeymen.
According to President Obama, whose agenda union bosses strongly support, households earning more than a quarter of a million dollars per year should be targeted for additional taxation in the name of fairness.
Building upon the list previously shared by Media Trackers, following are seven more examples of unions’ standard-issue class warfare rhetoric, accompanied by the salaries of some of the nation’s most powerful union bosses as reported to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Amounts listed do not include insurance or retirement benefits.
|“If Republicans are truly interested in an equitable way to reduce the deficit — and they have so far illustrated that they are not — then wealthy Americans are going to have to help shoulder the burden.”
Brotherhood of Boilermakers International President Newton Jones, undated commentary on proposed budget cuts
Jones’s 2012 Pay: $729,630
7 other Brotherhood of Boilermakers officers were paid more than $400,000 in 2012
|“[Obama] has blocked attacks on tax relief for the working middle-class, has named admirable nominees to offices that affect working people, including the National Labor Relations Board, and has fought to rebuild an economy that was severely damaged by the Bush Administration and the greed of Wall Street and corporations.”
Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan, 03/08/2012 endorsement of Barack Obama
O’Sullivan’s 2012 Pay: $621,388
10 other LIUNA employees & officers were paid more than $300,000 in 2012
|“The American people voted today to create opportunity and shared prosperity by sharing responsibility, and to reject the cynical ‘you’re on your own’ philosophy.”
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, 11/06/2012 statement on Obama’s reelection
Weingarten’s 2012 Pay: $556,981
AFT’s secretary-treasurer was paid over $380,000 in 2012
|“Working families and the middle class lost today, while the very rich and corporations won. Working families simply have nothing else to give.”
National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel, 08/01/2012 statement on Bush tax cuts
Van Roekel’s 2012 Pay: $389,620
13 other NEA employees & officers were paid more than $250,000 in 2012
|“Throughout his presidential campaign, [Romney] has pandered to extremists within his party who put the interests of the ultra-rich before those of the middle class. Now he has chosen Paul Ryan, who proudly proposes forcing millions of seniors into poverty by ending Medicare as we know it, as his running mate.”
AFSCME International President Lee Saunders, 08/11/2012 statement on Paul Ryan’s selection as Mitt Romney’s running mate
Saunders’s 2012 Pay: $353,580
Not including former president Gerald McEntee, 7 other AFSCME staffers & officers were paid more than $250,000 in 2012
|“The simple fact is, over the past two years fire fighters have been literally assaulted – their rights attacked, their standard of living attacked, their retirement after a career serving their community attacked – and those assaults have been launched at every level by people who say the same things, promote the same policies and have similar records in public office as Mitt Romney.”
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger, 06/08/2012 endorsement of Obama/Biden for reelection
Schaitberger’s 2012 Pay: $328,509
IAFF’s secretary-treasurer was paid nearly $300,000 in 2012, while the union’s comptroller was paid over $275,000
|“In every state where the handmaidens of the hyper-rich try to strip us of our collective bargaining rights, we will mobilize for recalls, ballot initiatives and political campaigns. If the Republican Party wants class warfare, they’ve got it. IAM members have watched the hyper-rich destroy their jobs and their communities with their unbridled greed.”
International Association of Machinists (IAM) President Tom Buffenbarger, 03/10/2011 statement on passage of Wisconsin’s Act 10 public employee reform bill
Buffenbarger’s 2012 Pay: $304,114
9 other IAM employees & officers were paid more than $265,000 in 2012