Translink Salary Increases upset taxpayers

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The Canadian Taxpayers Federation wants Translink to reconsider and take back the pay hikes given last year to its top executives and managers. In a time where the corporation is seeking more funds, salary increases don’t seem justified.

Translink and it’s employees have a tough job as they are constantly scrutinized for service delays, costs, lack of rapid transit in certain areas. Therefore, any news of salary increases is sure to draw fire from the people.

TransLink’s latest salary disclosure documents indicates that the number of TransLink staff earning $100,000 or more in 2012 grew by 14.6 per cent. This includes 58 members of the Transit Police.

The salaries of the four top executives at TransLink. according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation:

  • CEO Ian Jarvis went from $382,954 in 2011 to $394,730 in 2012. Add in pension contributions and benefits, and he totalled $438,700.
  • COO Doug Kelsey went from $329,936 to $336,729. With pension and benefits, the total was $377,054.
  • CFO Cathy McLay went from $285,481 to $294,877. With pension and benefits, she made $330,753.
  • Executive VP Bob Paddon went from $244,699 to $273,889. With pension and benefits, his total was $307,857.

It should be noted that while salaries where increased TransLink has reduced costs. Over a three year period they have reduced the number of executive positions from 22 to nine.

According to Transit Police spokeswoman Ann Drennan, the base salary of a Transit officer in 2012 was $80,748. Any line officer who last year made $100,000 would have earned overtime for  policing events such as the Celebration of Light, playoffs, and concerts.

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