Five years ago, the Boilermakers union was called out for its lavish spending on leadership salaries and expenses. In response, the union made a big show of cutting the fluff. And a show was all it was. As reported by the Kansas City Star, in the five years since, the union has quickly gone back to their old ways of
six-figure salaries for officers and their relatives. Fine dining, stays in posh hotels and expensive hunting retreats. Cars as parting gifts for retired employees, and hundreds of thousands spent on promotional events and videos. All while membership continues its downward spiral and the pension fund struggles to stay afloat.
Let us put some numbers to it. The salaries and expenses of President Newton B. Jones and his top 6 officials total more than $3.5 million. Additionally, Jones’ wife, brother, and son are on the payroll as well.
In another recent example of union leadership’s misappropriation of union money, we give you Rome Aloise, international vice president of the Teamsters. Aloise made $300,000 last year. And yet, he’s seeking donations from membership to pay for his defense in a corruption probe. Nice try, Aloise.
Last we have President of CWA Local 1039, Lionel Leach. Leach has recently stepped down from his position due to the commencement of an investigation into a missing $250,000 from the Local’s coffers.