This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
Several of¬†America‚??s wealthiest union bosses¬†spoke at the 2014 Ohio AFL-CIO convention¬†in Cincinnati this week. The event‚??s¬†theme? ‚??Building the movement for income equality.‚?Ě
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten¬†portrayed herself and other AFL-CIO leaders¬†as the voices of the working class, although AFT paid her¬†$2,022,274 taken from union members and forced ‚??fair share‚?Ě fee payers between 2010 and 2013.
Weingarten reminded convention attendees of the need for higher taxes and more government¬†spending to create ‚??good jobs‚?Ě in the public sector, which would also funnel more money to AFT and other public-sector¬†unions.
Weingarten has a very good job:¬†she was paid $543,150 in 2013 alone.
Lee Saunders, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, urged convention-goers to make¬†the $40 million union smear campaignagainst Ohio government¬†union reform bill SB 5 a lasting movement.
Because unions successfully overturned SB 5, forced AFSCME dues continue their movement¬†from Ohio taxpayers to government workers to Lee Saunders‚?? bank account. Saunders was paid¬†$350,058 in 2013.
If Ohioans had the freedom to choose whether to pay a union, there might be a more pressing need for¬†AFSCME to justify paying Saunders $1,317,166 from 2010-2013.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who was paid $298,542 during the union coalition‚??s¬†2013 fiscal year,¬†called for more wealth redistribution from job creators.
AFL-CIO paid Trumka $1,177,564¬†from 2010-2013.
Trumka and Saunders¬†didn‚??t crack the list of¬†Big Labor‚??s¬†top 100 breadwinners¬†in 2013, although they were among the 472 union officers and employees paid more than $250,000.
During the Cincinnati¬†convention, Ohio AFL-CIO announced that president Tim Burga and secretary-treasurer Petee Talley had both been re-elected and¬†would work to build¬†‚??income equality.‚?Ě
Burga‚??s Ohio AFL-CIO compensation package¬†totaled $184,251 in 2012.
Talley‚??s compensation¬†totaled $180,290 in 2012.
Ohio AFL-CIO did not respond to a Watchdog News inquiry regarding convention speakers‚?? annual pay.
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