Promoted from diaries.

Class warfare is the only song We Are Ohio knows. So, for another four weeks they’ll keep playing the same tune, hoping Ohio voters don’t realize the outrageous truth.

Every year, Ohio’s government unions pay themselves handsomely with millions of dollars taken from public workers. It’s a decent gig, considering that taxpayers (and even union members) suffer as a result of unsustainable union demands.

Whenever you hear a union apologist slamming fat-cat Republicans or corporate villains, keep in mind what union bosses are paid. Senate President Niehaus’s Chief of Staff – the focal point of a recent controversy – pulls down about $139,000. Does that sound like too much?

Joseph Rugola:Executive Director, AFSCME Local 4
$243,712

Larry Wicks:Executive Director, Ohio Education Association
$210,858

Gary Martin:Associate Director, AFSCME Local 4
$202,712

Patricia Frost-Brooks:President, Ohio Education Association
$190,000

Doug Crawford:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$189,832

Cecilia Weldon:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$187,405

Bill Leibensperger:Vice President, Ohio Education Association
$186,471

James Martin:Assistant Executive Director, Business Services, Ohio Education Association
$171,528

Kevin Flanagan:Assistant Executive Director, Member Services – Field, Ohio Education Association
$169,761

Michael McEachern:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$169,298

Susan Babcock:Assistant Executive Director, Strategic/Workforce, Ohio Education Association
$169,148

Rachelle Johnson:Assistant Executive Director, Member Services-Programming, Ohio Education Association
$164,525

Charles Roginski:Regional Director, AFSCME Local 4
$161,885

Mark Linder:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$161,756

Venita Shoulders:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$158,432

John Lyall:President, AFSCME Council 8
$156,183

William Otten:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$155,873

Patricia Collins:Director, Region 1, Ohio Education Association
$155,551

Fritz Fekete:Director I/S & Research, Ohio Education Association
$154,635

Tom Drabick:Director of Legal Department, AFSCME Local 4
$154,584

Mary Suchy:Director of Membership, Ohio Education Association
$152,636

Randall Flora:Director, EI&I, Ohio Education Association
$152,114

Rodney Bird:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$152,058

Jeffrey Kestner:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$150,739

Don Williams:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$149,886

Parry Norris:Director, Region 2, Ohio Education Association
$148,654

Harold Mitchell:First Vice President, AFSCME Council 8
$148,723

Alfred Nelson:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$145,740

Cristina Munoz-Nedrow:Director, Region 5, Ohio Education Association
$145,430

Rebecca Villamagna:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$145,182

Gary Carlisle:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$144,948

Gregg Gascon:Research Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$144,897

Suzanne Kaszar:Communications Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$144,853

Linda Fiely:General Counsel, Ohio Education Association
$143,564

William Pearsol:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$143,535

Stuart Graham:CIS Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$143,043

Talmadge Hutchins:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,714

Robert Matkowski:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,640

Victor Marchese:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,553

Lavonne Lobert-Edmo:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,494

Ronald Rapp:Director, Governmental Services, Ohio Education Association
$142,475

Michael Mahoney:Director, Communications, Ohio Education Association
$142,468

Vicky Davis:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,337

Ruth Field:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$142,266

Randy Weston:Director of Political Action, AFSCME Local 4
$142,261

Joseph Cohagen:Director, Accounting, Ohio Education Association
$142,029

Jerry Squires:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$141,812

Elizabeth Chandler-Mark:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$141,549

Mark Allison:CIS Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$141,258

John Grafton:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,859

Robin Busby:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,857

Cathy White:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,853

Darren Clum:CIS Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,589

Melodie Terman:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,479

Linda Lindsey:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,291

Cynthia Peterson:Education Reform Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,080

Ann Bayou:Labor Relations Consultant, Ohio Education Association
$140,037

View data (pulled directly from U.S. Department of Labor reports) in Excel format.

What’s the difference between statehouse staff and union employees? Statehouse staff work for Ohio’s entire population, while government unions take dues from public workers for the service of fighting taxpayers.

If you decide Governor Kasich is a jerk or your state senator is a boob, you can vote for someone else. If you’re disgusted by the way government unions take and spend dues… too bad. Current law enables unions to siphon money from public employees with no recourse from the public.

Union bosses have had too much control over Ohio’s government for far too long. This fall, vote for sensible reforms to government union power: Vote Yes on Issue 2!

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Cross-posted from that hero and Third Base Politics.