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.