ANALYSIS: Union Boss Salaries Outpace Members by Orders of Magnitude

June 21, 2012

MEDIA TRACKERS: Colorado’s SEIU President cleared $94,486 in 2011 while members in industries such as janitorial services made just $22,288 according to labor statistics

DENVER – 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 $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.

This article provided courtesy of  Media Trackers Colorado, a conservative non-profit, non-partisan investigative watchdog dedicated to promoting accountability in the media and government across Colorado through cutting edge research and communications initiatives. 


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2 Responses to ANALYSIS: Union Boss Salaries Outpace Members by Orders of Magnitude

  1. Boris Badenoff
    October 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    FYI: Current monthly dues in the UTU are $120.00 per MONTH.

    $400 a year is not even close… Try around $1400. per year.

  2. Bob Terry
    April 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Have to agree with Boris … They are high… I was a Railroad Engineer for 40 years…my B of LET dues were in the range of 1200.00 plus per year.. I paid 890.00 in the first 8 months of 2012 before I retired in September..
    Did they help me…Yes in the RR industry…but the railroad industry isn’t like the teachers or government. Plus we are so restricted..not only by the Carriers, but Federal Government regulations ..The Railroad I hired out with in 1972 was not the railroad I left in 2012…

    They helped me claims were paid for violations of the contract…but it took years… BUT !! there is a diffrence…are we paying for education ..??? No we pay heavily for poor performance in teachers…your property taxes pay for that…. You did not pay in taxes for my compliance..We PAY for overloaded Government bureaucrats…that don’t know anything but say this is the way it is CUT DRY…DEAL WITH IT… People People People… I was as a condition of employment to join… WE as a taxed base are forced to pay for the if a billion doesn’t fix it..2 billion will …and yer paying for it

    You didn’t sustain me…but we sustain total apathy…

    We’re getting screwed here…your kids in school are getting screwed..and we allow the bleedhearts to rake more of our money into their coffers…I paid horrid Taxes in Illinois..Du Page County..I bet 97% went to the Union and later for the kids…They don’t pay dues… Think about it


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