Rev. Brian Jordan rips Central Labor Council President
Jack Ahern on salary, demands resignation
BY BRIAN KATES
Nov. 27 2010
New York Daily News
A prominent Catholic priest has demanded a powerful
union boss resign for taking a 100% pay hike when
thousands of New Yorkers are jobless.
The Rev. Brian Jordan, famed for his ministry to Ground
Zero workers, blasted New York City Central Labor
Council President Jack Ahern for pumping up his income
to more than $300,000.
Ahern did it by accepting a raise from $40,000 to
$80,000 for his part-time job with the labor council,
an umbrella group for 400 unions representing 1.3
The hike came on top of a six-figure salary from
Operating Engineers Local 30, which he's led since
Ahern, who talked of putting "people over profits" at a
labor rally on Wall St. last April, earned $247,978
from the local last year, records show.
"Thousands upon thousands of union workers are out of
work and you as a leading figure in the N.Y.C. labor
movement have the audacity to demand a 100% increase in
pay," Jordan wrote to Ahern. "Shame on you!"
With the citywide jobless rate at 9.2% and nearly
365,000 New Yorkers in the jobless line, Jordan called
on Ahern to "submit your resignation immediately."
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