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25 Missouri Union Bosses Who Hate Workplace Freedom

Forced union dues make for wealthy union leaders

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
Name FY 2012 Pay Union Title / Status City
Charles Nowlin $197,605 TRANSPORTATION UNION IND GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT 569 General Chairperson / C Kansas City
Tom Price $197,249 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 2 President / C Kansas City
Thomas Higginbotham $188,701 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 President / C Kansas City
Terrence Nelson $185,706 CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCIL Executive Secretary Treas / C St Louis
Robert Linsey $174,410 LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS, IBT GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT General Chairman / C Kansas City
David Cook $174,357 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 655 President / C Ballwin
Jeffrey Tobius $171,239 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Gary Elliot $169,566 LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL Business Manager / C Bridgeton
Eduardo Diaz-Green $168,448 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
John O’Mara $166,709 PLUMBERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 562 Bus. Manager/Sec.-Treas. / C St. Louis
Rodger Kaminska $164,786 ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 101 Business Manager / C Kansas City
Sean Ryan $162,301 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Perri Pryor $161,218 LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL Secretary/Treasurer / C Bridgeton
Chad Mabin $159,995 CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCIL Business Agent St Louis
Deborah Aven $158,596 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Timmie Millis $158,587 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE REF ASN Executive Director / C Kansas City
Mark Rippeto $156,316 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 9 Business Representative Bridgeton
Timothy McCulloch $156,169 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Ronald Dicus $154,759 CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCIL Business Agent St Louis
David Desmond $153,606 ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 2 Business Manager / C St Louis
Frank Schifano $153,562 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Jerry Lemke $153,413 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Maria Dukes $153,126 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas City
Keith Winn $152,804 CARPENTERS IND DISTRICT COUNCIL Business Agent St Louis
James Samuel $152,708 MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 142 General Chairperson Kansas 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.

This story was originally published at Media Trackers.

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