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Topic - Don Loos
One of the largest private-sector union locals, which represents janitors and service employees in the Midwest, this year will try aggressively to unionize the region's security officers and workers at airports and universities, according to an internal document obtained by The Washington Times.
There can be riches in standing up for the working class: The Boilermakers union president earned $506,000, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars more for travel expenses, while the Laborers union president made $441,000. The Transportation Communications Union leader made $300,000, bumped up to $750,000 with business expenses.
A lot of these groups were a part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and they really pushed the notion of 'fat cats,' but union bosses have always been fat cats," he said.
Don Loos, a former Department of Labor official who is now an adviser at the National Right to Work Committee, said labor leaders with compensation that is worlds apart from those they are representing make it difficult for them to empathize with life in the trenches.