Bus Workers On Strike Indifferent to Union Boss Pay
When presented with facts about the six-figure salaries of union bosses taking dues from their paychecks, members of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 208 shout slogans instead of engaging in any sort of rational discussion. Equipped with payroll data for TWU headquarters in Washington, D.C. obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor, I visited TWU Local 208 workers on strike outside the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) this morning.
Update, 07/03/2012: TWU 208 narrowly rejected another proposed contract last evening. With Red, White, and BOOM! expected to bring half a million people to downtown Columbus today and the temperature forecast to reach the upper 90s, the city’s public transit workers remain on strike.
As a taxpayer who has lived in Ohio since birth and has worked in Columbus for nearly seven years, I hoped for a simple conversation — however confrontational — with the public transportation employees cutting work to protest inadequate pay raises the day before Red, White and BOOM!, one of the city’s biggest tourist events. Clearly, this hope was misplaced.
The following TWU officers and employees were paid more than $200,000 in 2011, with money taken directly from the paychecks of workers like those shown above.
- James Little, President: $277,840
- Joseph Gordon, International Secretary/Treasurer: $268,672
- Harry Lombardo, Executive Vice President: $267,314
- David Rosen, General Counsel: $259,525
- Gary Maslanka, VP: $226,157
- John O’Donnell, Director of Accounting: $221,822
- John Conley, VP: $218,642
- Frank McCann, Director of Organizing: $215,726
- Jeffrey Brooks, VP: $208,610
- Carl Martin, Executive Council: $202,030
These are 10 of the 48 TWU headquarters staff paid more than $100,000 in 2011. All figures are from the 2011 LM-2 report TWU submitted to the Department of Labor last fall.