BLOATED BUREAUCRACY - WASTE OF UNION DUES!   

IAM has over 375 employees that report to its national headquarters in Maryland.  The average employee makes more than $115,00 a year.  The top ten (10) employees accounts for a collective salary of nearly 3 million dollars per year   - all paid from your union dues!  You also pay for a maid, bartender, and pilot.  Is there really a need for a bartender, maid and pilot on your union payroll?

Below are the total compensation figures for the 10 highest leaders of IAM:

Robert Buffernbarger, International President - $300,114
Lynn Tucker, General Vice-President - $290,181
Robert Martinez, General Vice-President - $282,802
Mark Blondin, General Vice-President - $282,213
Gary Allen, General Vice-President - $275,846
Phill Gruber, General Vice-President - $272,180
Dave Ritchie, General Vice-President - $271,941
Robert Roach Jr., General Secretary-Treasurer - $270,713
Sito Pantoja, General Vice-President, General - 269,999
Richard Michalski, General Vice-President, - $269,118

Source:  United States Department of Labor most recent reports filed by IAM.  Note:  Reports covering the year 2013 have not yet been filed.

 
     LONG BEACH IAM IS JUST AS BAD AS THE NATIONAL IAM!   

According to most recent reports filed with the United States Department of Labor, the Long Beach based IAM  spent nearly half of its income 47.5% towards overhead, union administration, and staff & officer salaries.  Only 17% went toward member representation.

IAM staff locally is just as bad as the national union.  For example, the Long Beach District Lodge President that represents Long Beach City employees, paid himself a total compensation package of $122,823.  In 2002, the Long Beach Lodge President's total compensation package was $84,744.  In 2012, his salary skyrocketed to a whopping $122,823.  In just 10 years, the Long Beach District Lodge president received greater than a 40+% pay increase, while Long Beach City employees received pay freezes, staff reductions, furlough days and significant increase in their retirement contribution, resulting in less take home pay.

Other Long beach District Lodge staff received similar salary increases and currently makes the following in total compensation:

Richard Sanchez, President - $122,823 
Frank Brito, Business Representative - $103,990
Felix Osuna , Organizer - $93,303
Janet Schabow, Business Representative - $91,678 [Retired in January 2014 with a big union sponsored party] 
Christa Indriolo, Business Representative - $90,710

The Long Beach District Lodge spent over $17,000 on Sprint/Nextel phone usage in the year 2012.  The total amount spent on salary and benefits for the Long Beach District Lodge  staff and officers topped 1.3 million a year!

Long Beach City employees Union dues are substantially used to pay for the high salary of the IAM Long Beach District Lodge staff.

Source:  United States Department of Labor reports filed by IAM  Note:  Calendar year 2013 reports have not been filed yet. 

 
 
 

IAM UNION VOTING ON PENSION REFORM - Thurs August 16, 2012 by Harry Saltzgaver, Exec Editor Long Bch, CA: Gazette Newspaper

City Manager Pat West said that if the new contract is approved, it would save $3.9 million in the city's general fund in the coming year, and $12 million over all funds...  Under the new contract, IAM members...

 

AFTER AGREEMENT, LONG BEACH BECOMES LARGEST CITY IN CALPERS TO ACHIEVE FULL PENSION REFORM
- October 18, 2013 Signal Tribune

With these final agreements, Long Beach has achieved full pension reform, with all City employees paying their full share of pension costs, making Long Beach the largest California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) city to achieve this milestone, according to a press release issued by the City.

 

STREET SWEEPERS TARGET FOR PRIVATE FIRM CONTRACT
- by Harry Saltzgaver, Exec Editor Long Bch, CA: Gazette Newspaper

Street sweeping was one of the city services targeted for potential privatization last year...  Also noted in the staff report is the fact that Athens handles trash and recycling pickup in 21 cities. While there is no comment in this report about contracting out either trash or recycle pickup...

 

CITY OF LONG BEACH LABOR DISPUTE WITH IAM CONTINUES
- December 4, 2012 by Joshua H. Silavent, Staff Writer, Long Beach Business Journal

"We're willing to give the city the pension reform that they're asking for, said IAM chief spokesperson Ray Rivera.
The Business Journal obtained a copy of the latest IAM proposal, which includes an agreement for members to pick up the full 8 percent of CalPERS retirement contributions. In addition, it proposes an adjusted compensation formula for new employees, which includes raising the retirement age to 62 from 55.

 

LONG BEACH SAYS IT HAS ACHIEVED TOTAL PENSION REFORM
- October 16, 2013 by Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times

"Since 2007, the city has eliminated 786 positions and slashed $134 million from its general fund...Employees covered under the new contracts will now contribute 8% of their salary into CalPERS, an increase from the 2%"

 

UNREST PUTS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT ON MACHINISTS' LEADERSHIP
- December 10, 2012 by Lydia Depillis, The Washington Post

"The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) will have to rerun its elections.

The labor movement has a lot of challenges forced upon it by economic conditions. Rigid, entrenched leadership is one that it's brought upon itself.

 
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