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Union Bosses’ Pay Skyrockets

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 7, 2012

Liz from Maryland sent in this interesting story titled Top union chiefs’ compensation has skyrocketed since 2000 published in The Washington Examiner.  According to the Examiner the salaries of union bosses have increased dramatically during the past 10 years, even as the economy faltered.  The published facts include:

  • The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, part of the AFL-CIO, during this period tripled the salary of its boss, Michael Sullivan, to more than $1 million per year.
  • For 2011, the average compensation for the highest-paid 25 union leaders was about $570,000.
  • For the first 10 years of the this century, the top 25 union bosses had salary increases of approximately 88%.  During the same period the average private sector wage in the United States increased by only about 38% to approximately $53,470 with governmental workers averaging about $59,230 per year.
  • During the period of significant salary increases for union bosses, the percentage of unionized workers in the United States dropped significantly.

While greed and well-paid private sector executives are often chastised by the Left and President Obama (sometimes deservedly so), Progressives ignore the greed that exhibits itself either from higher-level governmental employees or union bosses.  More remarkably, these union bosses like to portray themselves as part of the 99%.  Certainly the ones in the chart below are being disingenuous.

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