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Meet the Bosses: Big Labor’s Top 100

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By Jason Hart | Watchdog.org

While unions call for tax and minimum-wage increases to fix “income inequality,” reports to the U.S. Department of Labor reveal 472 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 in 2013.

In all, America’s 100 highest-paid union officers and employees received $54.8 million taken from workers last year.

Union officials lived even higher on the hog in fiscal 2013 than the year before, when 428 union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 and the top 100 received compensation totaling $52.1 million.

The latest list of the 100 highest-paid union bosses is led by employees of the MLB, NBA, and NFL players’ unions — unsurprising, given the prevalence of seven-figure contracts among the professional athletes they represent.

AP file photo by Damian Dovarganes

HALF A MILLIONAIRE: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten was paid $543,150 last year.

However, dozens of union officers and employees — whose paychecks come from teachers, government workers and blue-collar laborers — are also paid $350,000 or more.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten was paid $543,150 in 2013, while National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis Van Roekel was paid $411,172.

Among construction industry unions:

  • Laborers’ International Union (LiUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan was paid $663,981
  • Boilermakers President Newton Jones was paid $491,866
  • United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters (UA) President Bill Hite was paid $468,011
  • Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA) President Joe Nigro was paid $460,395
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners President Doug McCarron was paid $452,974

First on the 2013 list, MLB Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner received $3 million in total compensation. In 100th place, Air Line Pilots Association Sr. Managing Attorney Jim Johnson was paid $361,282.

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In fiscal 2012, the 100th-highest-paid union boss was American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders, who received $353,580.

Last year, Saunders scraped by on $350,058 and dropped to 113th place on the list.

The following figures reflect total disbursements reported to the Department of Labor, and do not include retirement or insurance benefits paid for with workers’ union dues.

Name Total Pay, FY13 Organization Title
Michael Weiner $3,000,000 MLB Players Executive Director
G. William Hunter $1,995,887 National Basketball Players Former Exec. Director
Demaurice Smith $1,970,337 Federation of Professional Athletes Executive Director
Drew Brees $1,400,164 Federation of Professional Athletes Vice President
Michael Weiner $1,137,094 MLB Players Executive Director
William Trent $1,053,579 Independent Pilot Association Attorney
James McCourt $1,033,554 Insulators AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Secretary-Treasurer
Kim Roberts $851,164 SAG-AFTRA Nat’l Headquarters National Exec Director
Jay Roth $794,526 Directors Guild Of America Inc Nat’l Headquarters National Exec Director
Anthony Clark $721,460 MLB Players Executive Director
Richard Shapiro $710,284 MLB Players Senior Advisor
David Prouty $692,749 MLB Players General Counsel
Ira Fishman $684,583 Federation of Professional Athletes Managing Director/COO
Terence O’Sullivan $663,981 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters General President
Robert Scardelletti $641,215 Transportation Communications Union/IAM, Nat’l Headquarters National President
Robert Balgenorth $637,775 Bldg & Constrn Trades Dept AFL-CIO Bldg & Construction Trades Council President
Donald Moak $627,796 Air Line Pilots Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Ralph Vogel $597,290 Professional Pharmacists Guild Executive Director
David Young $581,200 Writers Guild West Ind Nat’l Headquarters Executive Director
David White $575,795 SAG-AFTRA Nat’l Headquarters National Executive Direct
John Niccollai $564,726 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464 President
Armand Sabitoni $562,109 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters Gen Secretary-Treasurer
Thomas Depaso $549,784 Federation of Professional Athletes General Counsel
Rhonda Weingarten $543,150 Teachers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Timothy Slavin $540,822 MLB Players Dir, Bus Affairs & Lic
Ian Penny $533,619 MLB Players Senior Labor Counsel
Harold Daggett $523,537 Longshoremens Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Patrick Flynn $503,435 Teamsters Local Union 710 Secretary Treasurer
Jonathan Cohen $498,708 Air Line Pilots Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Chief Counsel/Dir Legal
James Pressley $493,750 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
Newton Jones $491,866 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters International President
Joseph Senese $487,733 National Production Wkrs Union Ind Nat’l Headquarters Executive Director
Clark Gaines $474,651 Federation of Professional Athletes Assistant Executive Direc
Warren Failey $472,352 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
John Dempsey $471,764 State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General Counsel
Joseph Mancinelli $471,710 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters Vice President
Matthew Loeb $471,314 Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters International President
Ramon Rando $470,721 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464 Secretary/Treasurer
William Hite $468,011 Plumbers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General President
Lori Ames $467,247 United Service Workers Union, IUJAT Nat’l Headquarters President
John Mcguire $465,416 SAG-AFTRA Nat’l Headquarters Senior Advisor
John Seferian $464,863 State County & Muni Empls AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Chairperson, Judicial Pan
James Callahan $462,195 Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Edward Byrne Sr $462,045 United Service Workers Union, IUJAT Nat’l Headquarters Secretary Treasurer
Richard Duffy $461,726 Fire Fighters AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Asst To The General Pres
Robert Lenaghan $461,325 MLB Players Assistant General Counsel
Joseph Nigro $460,395 Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General President
Michael Bearse $459,284 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters General Cousel
Richard White $455,535 MLB Players General Manager
Stephen Knott $455,062 Longshoremens Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General Vice President
Douglas McCarron $452,974 Carpenters Ind Nat’l Headquarters General President
Joseph Maloney $451,986 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President – Canada
Joseph Sellers $445,726 Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General Secretary-Treasur
Benny Holland Jr $444,858 Longshoremens Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Executive Vice President
James Grogan $436,523 Insulators AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Merv Allen $433,333 Carpenters Ind Regional Council Former Ee – Legal Setteme
Bruce York $431,956 Air Line Pilots Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Director Representation
Paul Rinaldi $427,956 Air Traffic Controllers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Jon Davis $424,856 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters Vice President
Tom Baca $420,997 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
Dennis Van Roekel $411,172 National Education Asn Ind Nat’l Headquarters President
Peter Hasho $408,187 Int’L Brotherhood Of Trade Unions President
Richard Johnson $407,521 Transportation Communications Union/IAM, Nat’l Headquarters National Vice President
Terrence Healy $407,461 Laborers Nat’l Headquarters Vice President
Malcom Futhey $407,320 Sheet Metal Workers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Td – President
Joel Parker $407,061 Transportation Communications Union/IAM, Nat’l Headquarters Special Asst To NP/Nation
Walter Wise $403,468 Iron Workers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General President
Robert Scalza $403,461 Int’L Brotherhood Of Trade Unions Sec / Treasurer
Edwin Hill $400,968 Electrical Workers Ibew AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters International President
Mark McManus $400,663 Plumbers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General Secy Treasurer
William Creeden $400,208 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Secretary-Treasurer
Russell Oathout $398,164 Transportation Communications Union/IAM, Nat’l Headquarters National Secretary-Treasurer
Lawrence McManamon $398,163 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
Andris Silins $394,672 Carpenters Ind Nat’l Headquarters Gen Secretary-Treasurer
Andrew Ford $394,148 National Education Asn Ind State Association President
John Baker $393,185 Longshoremens Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Ass’t General Organizer
Sean McGarvey $391,986 Bldg & Constrn Trades Dept AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters President
Jean Bruny $391,174 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 888 President
Michael Sweeney $387,349 Teamsters Local Union 710 President
John Stocks $384,320 National Education Asn Ind Nat’l Headquarters Executive Director
Daniel Schneider $382,898 Engineers, Operating, AFL-CIO Local Union 15 Acting Pres & Bus Mgr
Frank Hanley $382,725 Food & Commercial Wkrs Local Union 464 Recorder
William Roberts $382,268 Air Line Pilots Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Asst Dir Representation
James Hoffa $381,403 Teamsters Nat’l Headquarters Gen President
Patrick Finley $380,431 Plasterers & Cement Masons AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General President
Ron Kutak $380,418 Stage & Picture Operators AFL-CIO Local Union 700 National Executive Director
Kenneth Rigmaiden $376,817 Painters AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General President
Marla Weston $375,172 Nurses Asn, American, Ind Nat’l Headquarters Enterprise CEO
Ed Power $375,023 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
Wayne Hanley $372,548 Food & Commercial Wkrs Nat’l Headquarters Non-Dir Intl VP
John Telford $371,779 Plumbers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Dir Of Canadian Affairs
Douglas Banes $369,781 Carpenters Ind Nat’l Headquarters General Vice President
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland $369,737 SAG-AFTRA Nat’l Headquarters Chief Administrative Officer
Arthur Mcafee III $369,326 Federation of Professional Athletes Staff Counsel
Arlene Holt-Baker $368,652 AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Executive Vice President
Gerald Owens $366,535 Longshoremens Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters General Organizer
D David Haggerty Jr $364,847 Boilermakers AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Int’l Vice President
Randy J Sowell $364,726 Carpenters Ind Nat’l Headquarters Director – Real Estate
Russell Hollander $362,503 Directors Guild Of America Inc Nat’l Headquarters Eastern Exec Dir
Jim Johnson $361,282 Air Line Pilots Asn AFL-CIO Nat’l Headquarters Sr Managing Attorney

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Jason Hart is a reporter for Watchdog.org and Ohio Watchdog. His work has appeared at Washington Examiner, RedState, The Federalist, Townhall, and elsewhere.