Op-ed: Union elites throw stones from glass houses

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 21, 2017 3:45 a.m.

    Yes --
    It's all the Union's fault that workers make a living wage.

    Hail to the Billionaire CEO's who exploit their workers,
    and pay them minimum wage and Government Food Stamps!!

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    May 19, 2017 4:46 p.m.

    Libs think what?
    As many as 27 chief executive officers in the United States hold at least $1 billion worth of their companies’ stock, according to 24/7 Wall St.

    John Paulson, walked off with an astounding $4.9 billion in 2010 from his hedge fund labors.
    Billion dollar compensation for the following CEOs- Joseph Cassano AIG, Mack-Morgan Stanley, Thain-Merrill Lynch etc. etc.

    Plenty of billion dollar compensations tied to the firm's bailout.- stockholders, investors, workers left holding the bag.

  • libs think what??? Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2017 3:56 p.m.


    billions? not so.

    esquire, stevo, and maverick cannot refute what the article said, so they call names.

    when unions were strong, the rest of the world had not yet fully rebuilt their manufacturing capacity following the devastation of WWII and we were not dealing in a global economy. When the rest of the world finally recovered and the world's economy became more intertwined, American workers stated sinking, drug down by union myopia

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 19, 2017 12:39 p.m.

    Wow, a hack piece from an anti-union organization....

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    May 19, 2017 9:31 a.m.

    JoeCapitalist2 You are incorrect. Having served on a union Board of Directors, those salaries are voted on and approved by first the Board and then the general membership. There is reasonable compensation for a job and then there is outrageous compensation. CEOs fall into the later category. Especially those who have been give exorbitant exit packages as they leave the stockholders and the company in disarray.

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    May 19, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    squirt: " The union members approve budgets including salaries."

    Rank and file union members have about as much say in what their union bosses get paid in salary and perks as regular workers get in determining what their CEO gets. None!

    The union bosses get paid very, very well. But that certainly doesn't stop them from demonizing the leaders of businesses.

    It is just like those Democrats who rail all day about greedy capitalists while they themselves rake in $Millions during their terms in office. The Clintons probably have more money these days than Mitt Romney, but you didn't hear a peep about that from those who demonized Romney for being an 'out of touch rich guy'.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 19, 2017 8:21 a.m.

    When unions were strong, American workers did well. Since unions have been eviscerated, American workers are sinking fast.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    May 19, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    Another op-ed, thinly veiled, from a ultra right wing think tank. As always follow the money.

  • squirt Taylorsville, ut
    May 19, 2017 6:27 a.m.

    This article is laughable. Comparing the salaries of union execs to the billions of dollars CEOs receive is ludicrous. The union members approve budgets including salaries. Why not spend your time one something worth reporting as opposed to this nonsense.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2017 12:21 a.m.

    But far more important than the CEO compensation to worker compensation ratio is the fact of real wage stagnation since 1970 and increasing costs of education with massive student debt.

    This is an economic time bomb for both workers and the entire economy.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    May 19, 2017 12:13 a.m.

    "Experts at the Annenberg Public Policy Center have found that “when all CEOs are included, the pay disparity is far smaller” than the AFL-CIO leads on. "

    Far more meaningful would be an analysis which groups enterprises by size, and then compares CEO pay to worker pay within those size groups. Such an analysis would show that in large enterprises the ratio of CEO pay to worker pay is just about where the AFL-CIO says it is.

    But why group enterprises by size? Because the larger organizations do most of the business, and so reflect where capitalism is, with respect to pay equity.

    Now if we want to get into income and wealth ownership by family income groups, there we see HUGE inequality.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    May 18, 2017 6:55 p.m.

    I remember when we were told to go out on strike that I continued to pay union dues.it was a bad deal all along

  • JoeCapitalist2 Orem, UT
    May 18, 2017 4:45 p.m.

    Real Maverick:

    Yes, it would be real nice if EVERY propaganda piece fully disclosed its affiliations. We see pieces like this published every day from alt-left lobbyists and activists yet all the leftist media never mention a word about their own biases.

    I noticed you didn't try to dispute any of the issues presented. Just attack the messenger. It is a well known fact that union bosses often make much more than some of those who they attack as greedy. If that is not hypocrisy, I don't know what is.

  • The Real Maverick Spanish Fork, UT
    May 18, 2017 12:05 p.m.

    Center for Union Facts is an anti-labor union organized founded by Rick Berman. Rick Berman is a powerful DC lobbyist who has founded organizations to combat groups that fight against smoking. Apparently, in Rick's view, smoking doesn't cause cancer and they should be able to sell their poison to children.

    In addition, he has also founded organizations that fight against climate change, childhood obesity, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Apparently, in Rick's view, drunk driving laws are too punitive.

    These are facts that I wish the Dnews would report when they publish propaganda from alt right lobbyists.