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Colorado Union Boss Makes 500% More than Members

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The Executive Director of the Colorado Education Association [CEA], Tony Salazar, was paid five times that of the average member of the CEA according to 990 filings for 2007 and 2008. The wage gap between Colorado Union bosses and Union members isn’t limited to the CEA either, SEIU bosses, United Transportation Union bosses, and Sheet Metal Workers bosses in Colorado all consistently outpace the wages of their membership by margins ranging from ~200-500%.

In 2007 and 2008, Salazar made a total of $220,608 while the average wage for CEA members was $47,030 in 2008, and $45,723 in 2007. Members or the CEA are required to pay dues of $554 annually, some of which no doubt fund Salazar’s salary.

Colorado’s SEIU President cleared $94,486 in 2011 while members in industries such as janitorial services earned a meager $22,288 according to labor statistics from the Colorado Department of Labor. Former Colorado SEIU President Mitch Ackerman was paid nearly $90K in 2008 before becoming the national SEIU VP, a position that came with and increase in pay of over $200,000.

The Colorado Sheet Metal Workers bosses, there are five of them, each were paid handsome salaries of more than $80,000 in 2010 and 2011. The average wage for a member of the Colorado Sheet Metal Workers is a mediocre $41,000 annually.

Since 2007, the three bosses of the United Transportation Union, and affiliate of the AFL-CIO, have raked in salaries of $150,000, each. Meanwhile, the average wage for a brakeman in the UTU in Colorado is a mere $36,000 a year, while paying ~ $400 annually in membership dues.

While the Union bosses are outpacing their membership by 500% in wages, the Union bosses are using the member dues to influence elections and the culture in Colorado, and pad their own salaries.

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