AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is the voice of the common man. He represents the little guy against the big ugly machine that is Big Business. He is the face of the modern American labor union. And he’s lining his pockets every step along the way…
In a recent email to union “e-Activists,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka encourages union members to visit the site, calling it “your one-stop shop for the most recent information on out-of-control CEO pay and what you can do to stop it.”
Trying to stir union members into protesting the disparity between the wages of CEO’s and the worker’s they manage, Trumka’s email said, “Runaway CEO pay isn’t just bad for our economy, it’s bad for the morale of working families, too. All workers, from the executive suite down to the shop floor, contribute to making a company successful. But these corporations are buying into the myth that the success of a corporation is the result of its CEO alone.”
As President of the union, Trumka makes over eight times as much as the average American worker.
According to the Center for Union Facts, Trumka brought home a gross salary of $264,827 in 2010, plus another $18,513 in additional compensation, to represent his union. The union leader has earned well over $200,000 every year since he was promoted to Secretary Treasurer in 2003.
In 2011, Trumka earned $293,750.
According to the recent email from Trumka’s desk, the average American worker makes about $34,000 a year.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge Trumpka for his earning a living. I just laugh at the hypocrisy of people like him ranting and raving about CEO salaries and corporate profits. I’m sure he “earns” every penny of his salary and bonuses. He represents the union well. I’m just not sure that union represents its members any longer.
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