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.
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|
This story was originally published at Media Trackers.
[Addendum: Of course, from an ‘optics viewpoint, it does not help that union bosses are raking in millions while the Plumbers’ pension fund is billions underfunded. — Ed.]