Union Bosses Drain Millions from Plumbers’ Paychecks

Bill Hite
United Association General President Bill Hite

The ten highest-paid union bosses at United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland received a sum of roughly $3.5 million taken from workers’ paychecks in the union’s latest fiscal year.

From July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, United Association General President Bill Hite was paid $468,011 in salary plus reimbursements.

Hite was one of two United Association bosses paid more than $400,000, and one of a dozen United Association bosses paid over $300,000.

Without accounting for insurance or retirement benefits, a total of 42 employees and officers at United Association headquarters were paid in excess of $250,000 last year.

President Obama and like-minded “progressives” often treat $250,000 per year as the point at which, in the president’s words, “you’ve made enough money.” Americans paid more than $250,000 are targeted for higher taxes, often in the name of “the middle class” as defined by United Association and other labor unions.

“I have had a long-standing, working relationship with Barack,” Hite boasted when announcing United Association’s 2008 endorsement of Obama for president. Obama appointed Hite to the President’s Export Council in July 2010.

Bill Hite raked in $468,011 last year on the backs of plumbers, welders, HVAC technicians, and other employees of workplaces unionized by United Association affiliates. United Association headquarters takes anywhere from $19 to $27 per month from represented workers’ paychecks.

In addition to fattening the wallets of the union’s leadership, last year $50,000 in United Association dues went to a Washington, DC Super PAC called “The Ninety Nine Percent,” a reference to the rallying cry of fringe-left Occupy Wall Street.

United Association Local 290 in Portland explicitly endorsed Occupy Wall Street, groaning in an October 21, 2011 resolution that “Corporations, Wall Street bankers and financiers, and the wealthiest in the top 1% have undue influence on the American political system and on public policy.”

In a list of national campaign contributors dominated by Big Labor, United Association ranks 37th among all donors since 1989. Based on a Wall Street Journal calculator using 2011 data, the 42 United Association headquarters officers and employees paid over $250,000 last year are in the 96th income percentile or higher.

The 12 United Association bosses paid more than $300,000 rank in the rarefied air of “the 3 percent,” while Hite’s $468,011 makes him one of the 2 percent.

Following is a list of the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters employees and officers whose 2013 salary plus reimbursements make them millionaires by President Obama’s standard. The numbers shown here come directly from the union’s fiscal year 2013 LM-2 report to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Name Title Total Disbursements,
Fiscal Year 2013
William Hite General President $468,011
Mark McManus General Secretary-Treasurer $400,663
John Telford Dir. of Canadian Affairs $371,779
Stephen Kelly Asst General President $351,920
Larry Cann Admin Assistant/Canada $332,331
Budrow Tozer Int’l Representative $320,247
Rick Terven Executive Vice President $317,218
Robert Kinsey Int’l Representative $312,297
Anthony Finelli Special Representative $311,745
Larry Bulman Dir. of Political Affairs $305,024
Larry Slaney Special Representative $304,371
Terry Ranson Administrative Assistant $303,084
James Macdonald Int’l Representative $295,930
William Lille Administrative Assistant $294,175
James Hart Director of Metal Trades $291,530
Michael Pleasant Director of Jurisdiction $291,518
Steven Morrison Special Representative $291,401
Thomas Bigley Dir. of Plumbing Svcs $288,637
Chris Haslinger Director of Training $288,480
Tom Gross Dir. of Pipeline & Gas Dis $287,195
James Moss Director of Energy $283,161
Martin Naseef Director of HVAC $282,774
Brett McCoy Director of Organizing $280,855
Ronald Maisonneuve Special Representative $279,177
Patrick Kellett Dir. of Bus Devel/Mrktg $277,908
David Donato Int’l Representative $264,789
Lance Albin Int’l Representative $263,524
James Cahill Int’l Representative $263,510
Bill Eden Int’l Representative $262,813
Kenny Ruggles Int’l Representative $262,536
Curtis Cade Int’l Representative $258,507
Charles Watts Int’l Representative $257,484
Terrence Urbanek Int’l Representative $254,784
Bradley Karbowsky Int’l Representative $253,842
Greg Sayles Int’l Representative $252,799
David Posey Int’l Representative $252,586
Michael O’Mara Int’l Representative $251,957
Anne St. Eloi Special Representative $251,875
Mark Butler Int’l Representative $251,047
Richard Oliver Int’l Representative $250,851
Donald Braun Jr Special Representative $250,504
Reuben Bautista Special Representative $250,233