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Solidarity? Meet America’s 100 Highest-Paid Union Bosses

Organizations Harold Daggett
International Longshoremen's Association President Harold Daggett

A total of 428 American labor union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 in 2012, in stark contrast to union propaganda expressing solidarity with “the middle class.”

In DC and the 26 states without Right to Work laws, the dues used to pay union salaries can be taken from workers as a condition of employment.

The nation’s 100 highest-paid union bosses, listed below, were paid a sum of $52.1 million during unions’ 2012 fiscal years, based on disbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Labor. This amount does not include insurance or retirement benefits.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders, the 100th-highest-paid union officer or employee in 2012, received $353,580 in gross salary plus expense reimbursements.

Predictably, unions for professional athletes are most heavily represented at the top of the heap. Of the 28 union bosses paid more than $500,000 in 2012:

In order to bolster its plummeting membership, the AFL-CIO – of which FPA, LIUNA, the Boilermakers, and AFSCME are all affiliates – is openly working to add non-union leftist groups to its permanent coalition.

NameTotal PayUnionTitle/StatusCityState
G. William Hunter$3,159,553NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTORNew YorkNY
DeMaurice Smith$2,550,046PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CWashingtonDC
Ira Fishman$1,156,652PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONMANAGING DIRECTOR/COOWashingtonDC
Gerald McEntee$1,121,988STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTL PRESIDENT / PWashingtonDC
Michael Weiner$1,024,980MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CNew YorkNY
Drew Brees$962,678PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONVICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Jay Roth$788,639DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA INC NHQNATL EXEC DIRECTORLos AngelesCA
Newton Jones$729,630BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
Joseph Senese$698,406NATIONAL PRODUCTION WKRS UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTOROak BrookIL
Richard Shapiro$682,468MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSSENIOR ADVISORNew YorkNY
Richard Berthelsen$637,311PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONGENERAL COUNSELWashingtonDC
Robert Scardelletti$630,053TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNATIONAL PRESIDENT / CRockvilleMD
Terence O’Sullivan$621,388LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
David Prouty$584,780MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSCHIEF LABOR COUNSELNew YorkNY
Donald Moak$576,968AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CHerndonVA
Anthony Clark$574,691MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSDIR, PLAYER RELATIONSNew YorkNY
Rhonda Weingarten$556,981TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Timothy Brown$550,782MASTERS MATES & PILOTS ILA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CLinthicumMD
John Niccollai$549,497FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464PRESIDENT / CLittle FallsNJ
Harold Daggett$541,103LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CNorth BergenNJ
Armand Sabitoni$531,604LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGEN SECRETARY TREASURER / CWashingtonDC
Warren Fairley$530,053BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
Ian Penny$522,137MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSSENIOR LABOR COUNSELNew YorkNY
Timothy Slavin$520,678MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSDIR, BUS AFFAIRS & LICNew YorkNY
Thomas Depaso$519,481PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSELWashingtonDC
Joseph Maloney$506,677BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
William Hite$501,203PLUMBERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CAnnapolisMD
Michael Bearse$500,902LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL COUNSELWashingtonDC
Robert Travis$493,523INDEPENDENT PILOT ASSOCIATIONVP/PRES *SEE PAGE 101 / CLouisvilleKY
Ramon Rando$486,035FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464SECRETARY/TREASURER / CLittle FallsNJ
Russell Oathout$476,869TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASU / CRockvilleMD
Stephen Burrow$476,473TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTORLos AngelesCA
Phil Barbarello$470,401AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSREGIONAL V.P. / CWashingtonDC
Richard White$469,744MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSGEN MANAGERNew YorkNY
Ed Power$469,438BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
Edward Byrne Sr.$462,923UNITED SERVICE WORKERS UNION, IUJAT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSSECRETARY TREASURER / CBriarwoodNY
David Young$462,798WRITERS GUILD WEST IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTORLos AngelesCA
David Paul White$462,661SCREEN ACTORS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTLos AngelesCA
Joseph Nigro$459,643SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Tom Baca$456,439BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
Lawrence McManamon$454,540BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
Jason Belser$451,480PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONSR DIR PLAYER SVS & DEVWashingtonDC
Stephen Knott$449,362LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / CNorth BergenNJ
Douglas McCarron$444,973CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Jonathan Cohen$441,381AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSCHIEF COUNSEL/DIR LEGALHerndonVA
Robert Lenaghan$440,762MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERSASST GEN COUNSELNew YorkNY
Benny Holland Jr.$440,628LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / CNorth BergenNJ
Bruce York$437,705AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSDIRECTOR REPRESENTATIONHerndonVA
Stephen Regenstreif$432,705STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSDIRECTOR, RETIREESWashingtonDC
Joseph Mancinelli$431,862LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSVICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
James Callahan$427,963ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Matthew Loeb$427,174STAGE & PICTURE OPERATORS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / CNew YorkNY
John Lazzaretto$427,033LABORERS LOCAL UNION 152BUSINESS MANAGER / PHighland ParkIL
Jalmer Johnson$426,432AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL MANAGERHerndonVA
James Pressley$425,528BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / CKansas CityKS
William Creeden$420,769BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L SECRETARY-TREASURER / CKansas CityKS
Clark Gaines$417,103PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATIONASST EXECUTIVE DIRECTORWashingtonDC
Joseph Sellers$413,415SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL SECRETARY-TREASUR / CWashingtonDC
Paul Rinaldi$411,740AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
James Williams$401,895PAINTERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CHanoverMD
Randall G. Himes$400,204TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSASST NAT DIR EXECLos AngelesCA
Steve Culter$400,052FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75SECRETARY-TREASURER / CDaytonOH
John Telford$399,169PLUMBERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSDIR OF CANADIAN AFFAIRS / CAnnapolisMD
Walter Wise$397,684IRON WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Jon Davis$395,879LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSVICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Ralph Vogel$395,761PROFESSIONAL PHARMACISTS GUILDPRESIDENT / CWoodland HillsCA
Dennis Van Roekel$389,620NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNEA PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Lillian Roberts$388,941STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO DISTRICT COUNCIL 37EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CNew YorkNY
Mathis Dunn$387,016TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSASST NAT EXEC DIRECTORLos AngelesCA
John Wilhelm$385,856UNITE HERE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / PNew YorkNY
Terrence Healy$384,910LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSVICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
James Grogan$383,073INSULATORS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CLanhamMD
Patrick Finley$383,037PLASTERERS & CEMENT MASONS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL PRESIDENT / CBeltsvilleMD
Lorretta Johnson$381,614TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSSEC-TREASURER / CWashingtonDC
Edwin Hill$380,688ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / CWashington, DcDC
John Stocks$379,260NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSEXECUTIVE DIRECTORWashingtonDC
John Baker$377,654LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSASS’T GENERAL ORGANIZER / CNorth BergenNJ
Richard Larkin$376,513TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSASSOC. EXEC DIRECTORLos AngelesCA
Thomas Bethel$376,402AMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS, SIUNANATL PRESIDENT / CDania BeachFL
Phillip Browning$376,338GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 404/ CBeaverWV
Peter Hasho$374,200INT’L BROTHERHOOD OF TRADE UNIONSPRESIDENT / CGarden CityNY
John Lesniewski$372,927TRANSPORTATION UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID / CNorth OlmstedOH
Andris Silins$372,923CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL SEC. TREASURER / CWashingtonDC
Lori Ames$370,788UNITED SERVICE WORKERS UNION, IUJAT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSPRESIDENT / CBriarwoodNY
Richard Johnson$370,279TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT/G / CRockvilleMD
Frank Hanley$368,571FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464RECORDER / CLittle FallsNJ
William Roberts$368,453AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSASST DIR REPRESENTATIONHerndonVA
James Hoffa$367,864TEAMSTERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGEN PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Ron Kutak$367,593STAGE & PICTURE OPERATORS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 700NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTLos AngelesCA
Malcolm Futhey Jr.$363,295TRANSPORTATION UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT B / CNorth OlmstedOH
Gerald Owens$359,993LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL ORGANIZER / CNorth BergenNJ
Greg Markley$359,933FIRE FIGHTERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 45SECRETARY-TREASURER / COlympiaWA
Kim Roberts$358,321TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSNATIONAL EXEC. DIR.Los AngelesCA
D. David Haggerty$357,479BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINT’L VICE PRESIDENT / NKansas CityKS
Joel Parker$357,289TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSSPECIAL ASST TO NP/NATION / CRockvilleMD
Douglas Banes$356,275CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
John Penn$354,395LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSVICE PRESIDENT / CWashingtonDC
Robert Kucheran$354,219PAINTERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / CHanoverMD
Earl Hurd$353,659PLASTERERS & CEMENT MASONS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSGENERAL SECRETARY TREASUR / CBeltsvilleMD
Lee Saunders$353,580STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERSINTL PRESIDENT / NWashingtonDC

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