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25 Missouri Union Bosses Who Hate Workplace Freedom

Organizations We Are Missouri

Opposition to making Missouri the 25th workplace freedom state is driven by union bosses, who currently have the power to take mandatory dues from Missourians in unionized workplaces.

Forced unionism helps union bosses build front groups like “We Are Missouri” to broadcast their talking points. It also helps them buy political allies to fight reforms like the Freedom to Work Act proposed in the Missouri House.

Forced unionism makes it easy for Big Labor to hammer workers with collectivist propaganda, and to pour staff time into promoting big-government policies such as Obamacare.

What may be most striking, however, is how richly union bosses compensate themselves using money taken from workers who can avoid paying only by claiming a religious exemption, organizing a decertification election, or finding another job.

In Missouri, 268 union officers and employees were paid over $100,000 in fiscal year 2012, based on salaries and reimbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Following are several highlights from Missouri unions’ DOL reports, accompanied by a list of the state’s 25 highest-paid union bosses.

  • 147 Missouri union officers and employees were paid more than $125,000
  • 32 Missouri union officers and employees were paid more than $150,000
  • 16 of the state’s 50 highest-paid union bosses worked for one union, International Association of Machinists District Lodge 142
  • 12 of the state’s 50 highest-paid union employees worked for Carpenters’ District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity
NameFY 2012 PayUnionTitle / StatusCity
Charles Nowlin$197,605TRANSPORTATION UNION IND GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT 569General Chairperson / CKansas City
Tom Price$197,249FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 2President / CKansas City
Thomas Higginbotham$188,701MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142President / CKansas City
Terrence Nelson$185,706CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCILExecutive Secretary Treas / CSt Louis
Robert Linsey$174,410LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, IBT GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENTGeneral Chairman / CKansas City
David Cook$174,357FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 655President / CBallwin
Jeffrey Tobius$171,239MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Gary Elliot$169,566LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCILBusiness Manager / CBridgeton
Eduardo Diaz-Green$168,448MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
John O’Mara$166,709PLUMBERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 562Bus. Manager/Sec.-Treas. / CSt. Louis
Rodger Kaminska$164,786ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 101Business Manager / CKansas City
Sean Ryan$162,301MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Perri Pryor$161,218LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCILSecretary/Treasurer / CBridgeton
Chad Mabin$159,995CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCILBusiness AgentSt Louis
Deborah Aven$158,596MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Timmie Millis$158,587NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE REF ASNExecutive Director / CKansas City
Mark Rippeto$156,316MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 9Business RepresentativeBridgeton
Timothy McCulloch$156,169MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Ronald Dicus$154,759CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCILBusiness AgentSt Louis
David Desmond$153,606ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 2Business Manager / CSt Louis
Frank Schifano$153,562MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Jerry Lemke$153,413MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Maria Dukes$153,126MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City
Keith Winn$152,804CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCILBusiness AgentSt Louis
James Samuel$152,708MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142General ChairpersonKansas City

These numbers do not include retirement or health insurance payments. Readers can also refer to a list of the 100 highest-paid union bosses in the country.

Keep these figures in mind when unions in Missouri and elsewhere — both directly, and through We Are Missouri and other front groups — insist they are fighting workplace freedom because it would harm workers.

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