CEOs Pay Themselves What?

From the AFL-CIO

CEO pay soars to 361 times that of the average U.S. rank-and-file worker, according to the AFL-CIO’s new Executive Paywatch released this week.

The Executive Paywatch is the most comprehensive searchable online database tracking CEO pay. For the first time, thanks to new disclosure rules fought for and won by the labor movement, Paywatch now includes company-specific pay ratio data.

The AFL-CIO’s Executive Paywatch provides startling new data on CEO pay and the inequality that persists in America:

  • The CEO-to-worker pay ratio grew from 347 to 1 in 2016 to 361 to 1 in 2017.
  • CEO pay at S&P 500 Index companies is up 6.4%, to a total of $13.94 million in 2017.
  • The average S&P 500 CEO in the retail industry made 791 times that of the average median pay of their employees last year.
  • When adjusted for inflation, the $38,613 wage of production and nonsupervisory workers, on average, has remained stagnant for more than 50 years.
  • 989 to 1: That’s the ratio of pay between the average worker and Dirk Van de Put, the new CEO of Mondel─ôz, the corporation that’s outsourcing the production of Oreos and other all-American snacks to Mexico while destroying thousands of good-paying union jobs. Van de Put made more than $42.4 million in total compensation in 2017.

 

“Too many working people are struggling to get by, to afford the basics, to save for college, to retire with dignity, while CEOs are paying themselves more and more,” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler told reporters on a call this morning.

This new data highlights why the AFL-CIO is leading a massive and growing movement to write new economic rules to raise pay for workers so our families and communities can thrive.

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Union Matters

Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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