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America’s top labor union bosses raked in millions in 2014

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MAGGOTS? Laborers’ union president Terry O’Sullivan hates the Koch Brothers, and was paid $670,403 in worker dues last year

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 unions have 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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Jason is an Ohio-based reporter covering labor issues for Watchdog.org, with a focus on right-to-work, public employee unions and Obamacare. Before joining Watchdog, Jason was communications director for Media Trackers Ohio. His work has been featured at FoxNews.com, Hot Air, The Daily Signal, RedState, Townhall and elsewhere. His investigations into labor union spending and Obamacare's Medicaid expansion have been cited by national commentators including Jim Geraghty, Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, Dana Loesch and Mark Levin. Jason can be reached on Twitter at @jasonahart and by email at [email protected]