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.”
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” fee payers between 2010 and 2013.
Weingarten reminded convention attendees of the need for higher taxes and more government spending to create “good jobs” 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 campaign against 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.