Even CCEA says salaries of CCEA executives were “excessive”

Victor Joecks

On Sunday, the RJ ran a huge story detailing how much the top executives of CCEA made in recent years.

How much were those individuals getting paid? Let’s just say it made the sick-leave abusing Clark County firefighters look reasonable by comparison.

In 2009, the last year for which a required Internal Revenue Service report is available, more than a third of the union’s $4.1 million budget went to pay just nine leaders. Each earned between $139,785 and $208,683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association’s report to the IRS.

John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208,683 for running the union but also received $423,863 from two affiliated organizations — the union’s Community Foundation and Center for Teaching Excellence — making his total pay $632,546.

In addition, union-created Teachers Health Trust CEO Peter Alpert was paid $546,133.

Current union officials refused a Las Vegas Review-Journal request for more recent figures. The nine workers are singled out in the report because the IRS requires the union to list officers, key employees and anyone making at least $100,000 a year.

After you read the whole thing, you can understand why current CCEA President Ruben Murillo, Jr. posted a statement on the CCEA website condemning Jasonek’s salary.

But let’s start by stating that CCEA in no way condones excessive and multiple salaries for any staff or leaders. We have no justification for the fact that former Executive Director Jasonek was able to triple dip, earning additional and excessive salaries. Since Jasonek’s mutually agreed retirement, CCEA has done the following:

• There is a current freeze on staff salary increases.
• We have adopted policy that prohibits staff from having multiple salaries.
• We have reduced the Executive Director’s salary to below 2000 salary levels-35% lower.
• All staff assignments and compensation are under review, with imminent changes, to best serve the interests of our members in these difficult times.
• We have adopted high standards of performance for staff and leaders, standards that deliver results for members.

The “current freeze on staff salary increases” must be a new development, because just last year, the President (Murillo) and Vice President received a 10 percent pay raise. (h/t Michael Chamberlin)

As this editorial in the RJ makes clear, CCEA is certainly guilty of hypocrisy, and this story provides yet another reminder of the largesse of union bosses.

If I was a CCEA member, I’d be demanding independent performance and financial audits of union finances and that the audits are released publicly. Imagine what else those union dues are paying for…