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May 23, 2018       
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Workforce Fairness Institute Reveals Big Labor’s Big Pay & Big Spending

More Six-Figures Salaries, Unseemly Expenses & Unparalleled Hypocrisy From Union Bosses

 

Union Member Pay Versus Union Boss Pay:

 

In January 2018, The Department Of Labor Announced The Union Membership Rate Remained “Unchanged At 10.7 Percent In 2017.” “The union membership rate – the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions – was unchanged at 10.7 percent in 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.” (United States Department Of Labor, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, “Union Members Summary,” Press Release, 1/19/18)

 

  • Unions Gained An Additional 262,000 Members Between 2016 And 2017. “The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions, at 14.8 million in 2017, edged up by 262,000 from 2016.” (United States Department Of Labor, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, “Union Members Summary,” Press Release, 1/19/18)

In 2017, Full-Time Wage And Salary Union Workers Had A Median Weekly Salary Of $1,041 While Non-Union Members Earned $829. “Among full-time wage and salary workers, union members had median usual weekly earnings of $1,041 in 2017, while those who were not union members had median weekly earnings of $829.” (United States Department Of Labor, Bureau Of Labor Statistics, “Union Members Summary,” Press Release, 1/19/18)

 

Union Bosses Took Home Generous Salaries During Fiscal Year 2017:

 

(United States Department Of Labor, LM-2 Forms)

 

Union Boss Pay Vs. Their Average Union Member:

 

Boilermakers:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, International Brotherhood Of Boilermaker’s President Newton Jones Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $348,709. (United States Department Of Labor, Boilermakers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Boilermaker In 2017 Was $63,010. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Jones Is Making More Than Five Times The Salary Of The Average Boilermaker.

 

Bus Drivers:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $313,989. (United States Department Of Labor, Teamsters – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Bus Driver In 2017 Was $35,000. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Hoffa Is Making More Than Eight Times The Salary Of An Average Bus Driver.

 

Carpenters:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, Union Brotherhood Of Carpenters And Joiners Of America President Douglas J. McCarron Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $434,897. (United States Department Of Labor, Carpenters IND – Form LM-2, Period Covered 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Carpenter In 2017 Was $49,630. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • McCarron Is Making More Than Eight Times The Salary Of An Average Carpenter.

 

Firefighters:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, IAFF President Harold Schaitberger Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $342,421. (United States Department Of Labor, IAFF – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 10/1/2016-9/30/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Firefighter In 2017 Was $51,930. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Schaitberger Is Making More Than Six Times The Salary Of An Average Firefighter.

 

Flight Attendants:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, International Association Of Machinists And Aerospace Workers President Robert Martinez Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $269,418. (United States Department Of Labor, Machinists AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Flight Attendant In 2017 Was $52,660. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Martinez Is Making More Than Five Times The Salary Of An Average Flight Attendant.

 

Janitors:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $255,641. (United States Department Of Labor, SEIU – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Janitor In 2017 Was $27,900. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Henry Is Making More Than Nine Times The Salary Of An Average Janitor.

 

Machinists:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, International Association Of Machinists And Aerospace Workers President Robert Martinez Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $269,418. (United States Department Of Labor, Machinists AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Machinist In 2017 Was $44,160.

 

  • Martinez Is Making More Than Six Times The Salary Of An Average Machinist.

 

Pilots:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, ALPA President Timothy Canoll Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $569,766. (United States Department Of Labor, Air Line Pilots Association AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For An Airline Pilot In 2017 Was $161,280. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Canoll Is Making Three Times As Much As The Average Airline Pilot.

 

Security Guards:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $255,641. (United States Department Of Labor, SEIU – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For A Security Guard In 2017 Was $30,730. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Henry Is Making More Than Eight Times The Salary Of An Average Security Guard.

 

Teachers:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, AFT President Randi Weingarten Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $403,747. (United States Department Of Labor, Teachers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For An Elementary And Middle School Teacher In 2017 Was $60,900. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Weingarten Is Making More Than Six Times The Salary Of The Average Elementary And Middle School Teacher.

 

Telecom Municipal Equipment Installers:

 

During Fiscal Year 2017, IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson Was Paid A Gross Salary Of $370,290. (United States Department Of Labor, IBEW – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

  • The Average Wage For Radio And Telecom Municipal Equipment Installers And Repairers In 2017 Was $55,160. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

  • Stephenson Is Making More Than Six Times The Salary Of An Average Radio And Telecom Municipal Equipment Installer.

 

Big Spending:

 

AFL-CIO Spending:

 

In October 2016, The AFL-CIO Spent $109,360 At The Palmer House Hilton Hotel In Chicago For A Workers Voice Conference. (United States Department Of Labor, AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017)

 

The Palmer House Is A Historic Hotel In Chicago, Illinois:

 

(Palmer House, www.palmerhousehiltonhotel.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

AFSCME Spending:

 

In January 2017, The AFSCME Spent $14,760 At The Washington, D.C. Restaurant Fig & Olive. (United States Department Of Labor, State County And Municipal Employees AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

Fig & Olive Is Located In CityCenterDC, Which Is A High-End Retail Area. “FIG & OLIVE extends an olive branch to our nation’s capital in CityCenterDC, Downtown’s luxury retail shopping destination.  The 10,000 square foot dining destination features a variety of unique spaces that capture the essence of the French Riviera.  With an expansive lounge, bar, and crostini station introducing you to the first floor – followed by an upper-level formal dining area, an intimate bar space, and a private dining room – this location is perfect for an informal or elegant gathering.  Additionally, our Alfresco terrace, is open to guests during spring and summer.” (Fig & Olive, www.figandolive.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

AFT Spending:

 

In March 2017, The American Federation Of Teachers Gave $250,000 To The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. (United States Department Of Labor, Teachers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

In July 2016, The AFT Gave The Clinton Global Initiative $150,000. (United States Department Of Labor, Teachers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

ALPA Spending:

 

In 2017, The ALPA Spent $11,857 At The Hyatt Kauai. (United States Department Of Labor, Air Line Pilots Association AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Hyatt Kauai Is A Luxury Hotel On The Hawaiian Island Of Kauai:

 

(Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa, kauai.grand.hyatt.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

In 2017, The ALPA Spent $49,777 At The Mayflower Hotel In Washington, D.C. (United States Department Of Labor, Air Line Pilots Association AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Mayflower Is A Luxury Hotel In The Heart Of Washington, D.C.:

 

(The Mayflower Hotel, www.themayflowerhotel.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

Boilermakers Spending:

 

In 2016, The Boilermakers Union Spent $18,680 On Kansas City Royals Baseball Tickets. (United States Department Of Labor, Boilermakers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

In August 2016, The Boilermakers Union Spent $170,284 For “Pre-Convention Meeting Expenses” At The Intercontinental Hotel In Kansas City, Missouri. (United States Department Of Labor, Boilermakers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

The Intercontinental Is A Luxury Hotel In Kansas City:

 

(Intercontinental Kansas City At The Plaza, www.kansascityic.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

Between August 2016 And April 2017, The Boilermakers Spent $67,575 At The Four Seasons In Santa Barbara, California For “IEC Meeting Expenses.” (United States Department Of Labor, Boilermakers AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

The Luxury Hotel Is Located Just Across The Street From The Pacific Ocean:

 

(The Four Seasons Santa Barbara, www.fourseasons.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

IBEW Spending:

 

In July 2016, The IBEW Spent $13,923 At The Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort For A Railroad Conference. (United States Department Of Labor, IBEW – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

Between July 2016 And June 2017, The IBEW Spent $182,475 At The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort For Conferences And A Meeting. (United States Department Of Labor, IBEW – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

In February 2017, The IBEW Spent $72,449 At The Naples Beach Hotel For An Officers Meeting. (United States Department Of Labor, IBEW – Form LM-2, Period Covered 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

 

IAFF Spending:

 

The IAFF Spent $27,072 At The Steakhouse The Capital Grille In Chevy Chase, Maryland. (United States Department Of Labor, IAFF – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 10/1/2016-9/30/2017)

 

(OpenTable, www.opentable.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

IAM Spending:

 

In 2017, The IAM Spent $6,473 At The Hilton Paris Opera Hotel In Paris, France. (United States Department Of Labor, Machinists AFL-CIO – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

 

(The Hilton Paris Opera, www.hiltonparisoperahotel.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

SEIU Spending:

 

In August 2017, The SEIU Spent $13,214 At The Park Hyatt In Sydney, Australia. (United States Department Of Labor, SEIU – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Park Hyatt Sydney Offers Incredible Views Of The Sydney Opera House:

 

 

(Park Hyatt Sydney, www.hyatt.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

The SEIU Spent $7,389 At The Eden Roc Beach Resort In Miami Beach, Florida. (United States Department Of Labor, SEIU – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Eden Roc Is A Luxury Hotel On Miami Beach:

 

(Eden Roc Miami Beach, www.edenrochotelmiami.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

Teamsters Spending:

 

In August 2017, The Teamsters Spent $7,854 At The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles For An “XPO Strategies Meeting.” (United States Department Of Labor, Teamsters – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Ritz Carlton Is A Luxury Hotel In Los Angeles:

 

 

(The Ritz Carlton, www.ritzcarlton.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

Union Brotherhood Of Carpenters Spending:

 

In August 2017, The Carpenters Union Spent $25,000 At The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale For A Conference Facility. (United States Department Of Labor, Carpenters IND – Form LM-2, Period Covered 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Ritz Carlton In Fort Lauderdale Is Right On The Beach:

 

(The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale, www.ritzcarlton.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

UFCW Spending:

 

In 2017, The UFCW Spent $9,712 At The Intercontinental Hotel In Toronto, Canada For “Conference-Representational” And Other Purposes. (United States Department Of Labor, Food And Commercial Workers – Form LM-2, Period Covered: 1/1/2017-12/31/2017)

 

The Intercontinental Is A Luxury Hotel:

 

(Intercontinental, www.torontocentre.intercontinental.com, Accessed 5/15/18)

 

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.workforcefairness.com.

To schedule an interview with a Workforce Fairness Institute representative, please contact Ryan Williams at (202) 677-7060.

 

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