Union bosses continue to take pay raises while their members face hard times
Of the 28 unions analyzed here, union leadership continues to take good care of themselves and their cronies with high salaries and luxurious perks during a period when construction employment is still in a deep recession compared to just 5 short years ago.
According to a 2010 Boston Globe report (“Blue-collar workers bear brunt of decline - Ratio of job losses at depression level,” By Robert Gavin, January 19, 2010), there were 65 unemployed construction workers for every 1 job opening at the time the report was issued.
In a July, 20, 2012 Boston Globe article, the paper interviewed Carpenters Union boss Mark Erlich: “It’s been awful; there’s no other word to describe it,” said Mark Erlich, executive secretary-treasurer for the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “It hasn’t been a recession, it’s been a Depression.”
Of course, the "Depression" Erlich refers to did not stop him from taking home at least $274,361 in 2011 according to page 7 of these IRS filings
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