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April 20, 2015
America's top labor union bosses raked in millions in 2014
Source: WATCHDOG.ORG
By: JASON HART

Union bosses known for bashing the rich are often millionaires themselves, paid with dues taken from workers’ paychecks.

Laborers’ International Union of North America president Terry O’Sullivan, who was paid $670,403 in 2014, slammed Charles and David Koch and other critics of big government in a speech last July.

“Today’s Republican party has been hijacked, poisoned and taken over by a bunch of Tea Party maggots,” O’Sullivan shouted. “These anti-union, anti-worker bastards are not only crazy, they’re mean!”

When it comes to taking a huge paycheck from workers he claims to protect, O’Sullivan is in good company. Leaders of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Association of Machinists and other powerful unionshave done the same for years.

America’s union membership rate is in the midst of a decades-long decline, but labor union officials always seem to get paid. In 2013, 472 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 each.

Excluding the MLB Players Association and other unions representing professional athletes, 497 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 last year — not a bad haul for representatives of teachers, blue-collar workers and government employees.

Outside of the pro sports unions, 19 union bosses were paid more than $500,000 in 2014.

Some of the country’s top union officials work for specialized unions such as the Independent Pilots Association, and they represent predominantly high-income workers. Most do not.

In addition to O’Sullivan, the Laborers’ union paid 42 officers and employees more than $250,000 in 2014. How many officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 by the other construction unions?

  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters: 56 union officers and employees paid more than $250,000 in 2014
  • International Union of Operating Engineers: 34
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters: 28
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: 15
  • International Association of Machinists: 14
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades: 10

Outside of the construction industry, several other major unions paid more than 10 officers and employees more than a quarter-million dollars each in 2014.

United Food & Commercial Workers paid 40 union officials more than $250,000, International Longshoremen’s Association paid 17 officers and employees more than $250,000, and Transportation Communications Union paid 12 officers and employees more than $250,000.

America’s four largest unions — the National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, American Federation of Teachers and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — take taxpayer money from the paychecks of teachers and other public workers.

AFSCME paid 19 union officers and employees more than $250,000 last year. NEA had 10 officers and employees paid more than $250,000 each, while AFT had seven and SEIU had two.

In some cases, local union officials were paid even more than their national union counterparts.

AFSCME Local 3930 in San Diego paid finance director Gary Voice $680,721. UFCW Local 464 in New Jersey paid president John Niccollai $579,828.

In California, New Jersey and the 23 other states without right-to-work laws, workers can be forced to pay union bosses to have a job.

A list of America’s 100 highest-paid union bosses, filtered to exclude professional athletes’ unions, is included below. Payroll data come from the unions’ 2014 annual reports to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Name

Total Pay, 2014

Union

William Trent

$1,132,607

Independent Pilot Association

Donald Moak

$825,539

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Jay Roth

$824,475

Directors Guild Of America Inc

Ed Power

$697,714

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Gary Voice

$680,721

State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO Local Union 3930

Terence O’Sullivan

$670,403

Laborers

Newton Jones

$639,034

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

David P. White

$586,079

SAG-AFTRA

John Niccollai

$579,828

Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464

Peter Hasho

$574,501

Int’l Brotherhood Of Trade Unions

Robert Scardelletti

$564,194

Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO

Rhonda Weingarten

$557,875

Teachers AFL-CIO

Armand Sabitoni

$556,140

Laborers

William Mcdonough

$544,137

Food & Commercial Wkrs

Dennis Van Roekel

$541,632

National Education Assoc.

William Hite

$522,988

Plumbers AFL-CIO

Harold Daggett

$515,901

Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO

David Young

$512,026

Writers Guild West

Joseph Maloney

$501,392

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Jonathan Cohen

$498,255

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

T Warren Fairley, Jr.

$493,007

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Bruce York

$489,852

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Kelly Richardson

$489,330

Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO

James Callahan

$488,377

Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO

J Tom Baca

$483,779

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Joseph Nigro

$479,268

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers

Lori Ames

$467,010

United Service Workers Union, IUJAT

Edward Byrne Sr

$462,057

United Service Workers Union, IUJAT

Matthew Loeb

$459,616

Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO

Joseph Sellers

$459,184

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers

Douglas J Mccarron

$455,102

Carpenters

Stephen Knott

$452,565

Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO

Richard Johnson

$449,716

Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO

Benny Holland Jr

$440,759

Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO

Joseph Mancinelli

$439,072

Laborers

Lori Garver

$438,167

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Jean Bruny

$435,845

Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 888

William Roberts

$435,377

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Mark Mcmanus

$434,735

Plumbers AFL-CIO

Terrence Healy

$432,918

Laborers

Paul Rinaldi

$428,408

Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO

Lawrence Mcmanamon

$420,733

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Stephen Kelly

$420,552

Plumbers AFL-CIO

Frank Bail

$420,206

Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 1102

Edwin Hill

$418,478

Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO

Kenneth Rigmaiden

$417,540

Painters AFL-CIO

John Previsich

$414,408

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail And Transportation Workers

Betty Ginsburg

$413,301

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Jon Davis

$412,793

Laborers

John Stocks

$412,398

National Education Assoc.

Sean Mcgarvey

$411,878

Bldg & Constrn Trades Dept AFL-CIO

Jim Johnson

$408,313

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Walter Wise

$408,257

Iron Workers AFL-CIO

James Grogan

$406,623

Insulators AFL-CIO

Phil Barbarello

$405,532

Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO

Ana Mcahron-Schulz

$402,568

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

John Telford

$396,371

Plumbers AFL-CIO

Andris J Silins

$393,009

Carpenters

Frank Hanley

$390,553

Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464

William Creeden

$390,259

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Ron Kutak

$387,410

Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO Local Union 700

Patrick Finley

$386,357

Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO

Joel Parker

$386,184

Transportation Communications Union/Iam, AFL-CIO

Salvatore Chilia

$384,120

Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO

Tyler Brown

$383,826

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

John Baker

$379,569

Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO

James Hoffa

$379,411

Teamsters

Liz Koby

$377,328

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Thomas Bethel

$376,671

American Maritime Officers, SIUNA

Thomas Callahan

$376,625

Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO Local Union 15

Keith Hagy

$375,542

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Michael Robbins

$374,425

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Theodore Green

$373,581

Laborers

Douglas Banes

$372,562

Carpenters

Linda Canan Stephens

$371,390

State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO

Larry Cann

$371,236

Plumbers AFL-CIO

Gerald Owens

$370,212

Longshoremens Assoc. AFL-CIO

Murray Morrissey

$367,740

Retail Wholesale, Dc, Ufcw Local Union 338

David Krieger

$367,433

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Joseph Senese

$367,314

National Production Wkrs Union

John Penn

$366,266

Laborers

Liberato Naimoli

$365,588

Laborers Local Union 76

Randy Sowell

$363,409

Carpenters

Russell Hollander

$363,192

Directors Guild Of America Inc

Joseph Hansen

$362,814

Food & Commercial Wkrs

Patricia Gilbert

$362,165

Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO

James Mccourt

$360,739

Insulators AFL-CIO

Robert Richardson

$360,469

Laborers

William Hopkins

$359,653

Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 455

Jeffrey Small

$356,529

Air Line Pilots Assoc. AFL-CIO

Vincent Masino

$355,905

Laborers

Ralph Cole

$355,722

Laborers District Council

Richard Whalen

$354,266

Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464

David Dale Haggerty, Jr.

$354,236

Boilermakers AFL-CIO

Lillian Roberts

$352,341

State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO District Council 37

Lorretta Johnson

$352,307

Teachers AFL-CIO

Kinsey Robinson

$352,302

Roofers AFL-CIO

Raymond Pocino

$352,297

Laborers

Dennis Martire

$352,122

Laborers

Earl Hurd

$351,928

Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO

 

 


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