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MA’s 50 Highest Paid Union Bosses

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

 

A Golocal review of the pay of Massachusett’s top union bosses revealed that individuals that are representing and fighting for the workforce in the Bay State are earning some serious cash while doing so.

According to data culled from the Federal Department of Labor, there are 177 union leaders in the state of Massachusetts who make more than $100,000 in salary and other disbursements (but not including benefits costs).

SEE SLIDES BELOW: The 50 Highest Paid Union Bosses in MA

On a yearly basis, the federal government requires each union to submit detailed reports on the union's finances and the salaries of its highest paid leaders.

Like other entities, unions often operate on differing fiscal years. The latest information might reference a particular union’s leader’s pay for the year 2014, or 2013, depending on when a given union’s fiscal year ends.

(It should be noted that these union officials referenced are paid by their union organizations for their work. Some union members may very well make more than their leaders, but they’re paid by the government or the companies they work for.)

The highest paid union official in Massachusetts is the National Association of Government Employee's President David Holloway, who made $271,497 in FY2014.

The second highest earning union leader according to the most recent reports was Business Manager of the Laborers District Council, Joseph Bonfiglio, who earned $254,924 in FY2014.

Rounding out the top five highest salaries in the state are Boston's mayor Marty Walsh - then financial secretary of Laborers Local Union 223. Walsh earned $243,762. 

Behind Walsh is the only woman in the top 50, Julie B. Pinkham, Executive Director of the Nurses Association. Pinkham earned $240,673. Louis G Rosetta, Business Manager of Engineers, Operation, AFL CIO Local Union 4 earned $214,782.

University of Rhode Island Professor of Labor Relations and former union representative of Transit Workers D. Scott Molloy told GoLocal earlier this week that the salaries and benefits paid to union leaders might seem large to the average person, but people should keep in mind that the union leaders in question are essentially high level management positions with a tremendous amount of responsibility.

According to Molloy, over the past few decades, labor leaders have earned the salaries of management professionals.

“It really all depends upon the industry that the union represents, the size of the union, and the amount of responsibility that the person has,” said Molloy in reference to the question as to how the salaries are justified.

“These union leaders, in some cases, represent thousands of people, and are responsible for negotiating huge sums of money,” he said.

Four union reps in Worcester are making over $100,000 including:

  • Michael Hogan - Secretary/Treasures of Teamsters Local Union 170 - $130,931
  • David S Keating - Financial Secretary/Business Manager of Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 2325 - $120,526
  • Christopher Doyle - Vice President of Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 2325 - $112,668
  • Leo J Miller- Business Manager/Financial Secretary of Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 96 - $100, 567

Overall, there were 10 union officials in Massachusetts that earned more than $200,000 during FY2014. In sum, the 50 highest paid union officials in Massachusetts earned roughly $10 million.

 

Related Slideshow: MA’s 50 Highest Paid Union Bosses

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#50

Thomas McGrath

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Organizers

Salary: $146,967

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#49

Michael P Gagliardi

Union: Laborers Local Union 175

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $148,808

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#48

John P Dumas

Union: Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 103

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $149,937

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#47

Daniel Ottaviano

Union: Laborers Local Union 22

Position: Executive Board

Salary: $150,056

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#46

Anthony Perrone

Union: Laborers Local Union 22

Position: Recording Secretary

Salary: $150,156

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#45

Dominic Ottaviano

Union: Laborers Local Union 22

Position: President

Salary: $150,156

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#44

Barry Keady

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 12

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $150,445

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#43

Timothy Fandel

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 12

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $150,594

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#42

Myles J Calvey

Union: Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 2222 

Position: Business Manager/Financial Secretary

Salary: $151,096

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#41

Paul Campbell

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $151,104

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#40

Sean Tolland

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $152,036

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#39

Hugh Boyd

Union:Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 104 

Position: Treasurer

Salary: $152,344

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#38

Sean M O'Brien

Union: Teamsters Local Union 25

Position: President

Salary: $153,027

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#37

Mark D Brosseau

Union: Roofers AFL-CIO Local Union 33

Position: President/Business Agent

Salary: $156,286

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#36

Daniel P Clifford

Union: Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 1459

Position: President

Salary: $156,419

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#35

Harry Brett

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 12

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $157,843

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#34

Brian Kelly

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $159,123

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#33

Jeffrey Bollen

Union: Food and Commercial Workers Union 1445

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $158,621

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#32

Edward Lynch

Union: Utility Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 369

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $159,123

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#31

Matthew Jones

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 550

Position: Organizer

Salary: $160,785

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#30

Paul Pavone

Union: Laborers Local Union 560

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $161,591

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#29

Thomas P Kerr, Jr

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Assistant Business Manager

Salary: $162,606

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#28

Brian Doherty

Union: Building and Construction Trades Council

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $163,977

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#27

David Morgan

Union: Elevator Constructors AFL-CIO Local Union 4

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $165,461

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#26

Francis Callahan

Union: Massachusetts Building Trade

Position: President

Salary: $169,985

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#25

Charles J Monahan

Union: Utility Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 369

Position: Financial Secretary

Salary: $167,432

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#24

Brian Murphy

Union: Electrical Workers IBEW AFL-CIO Local Union 104

Position: Financial Secretary

Salary: $169,734

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#23

Warren Pepicelli

Union: Unite Here Joint Board

Position: Manager

Salary: $172,318

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#22

Craig Pinkham

Union: Utility Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 369

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $173,229

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#21

Mark Fortune

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 550

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $173,450

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#20

Craig Connolly

Union: Utility Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 369

Position: Business Agent

Salary: $177,497

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#19

Peter Gibbons

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 550

Position: Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager

Salary: $179,295

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#18

Thomas J Gosnell

Union: Teachers AFL-CIO State Federation

Position: President

Salary: $180,001

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#17

Richard Charette

Union: Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 1445

Position: President

Salary: $180,404

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#16

Jeffrey P Sullivan

Union: Painters AFL-CIO District Council 35

Position: Secretary Treasurer/Business Manager

Salary: $181,855

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#15

Daniel Hurley

Union: Utility Workers AFL-CIO Local Union 369

Position: President

Salary: $183,486

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#14

Paul Bickford

Union: Roofers AFL-CIO Local Union 33

Position: Business Manager, Financial Secretary

Salary: $186,899

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#13

Leo Fahey

Union: Plumbers AFL-CIO Local Union 537

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $187,840

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#12

Louis Mandarini

Union: Laborers Local Union 22

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $188,970

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#11

Allen Boyer

Union:  Laborers Local Union 151

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $198,019

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#10

Michael Tranghese

Union: Laborers District Council

Position: Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $205,635

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#9

Charles Raso

Union: Bricklayers AFL-CIO Local Union 3

Position: President/Secretary/Treasurer

Salary: $208,440

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#8

Daniel Leary

Union: Utility Workers AFL -CIO Local Union 369

Position: Executive Vice President

Salary: $209,377

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#7

Thomas C Troy

Union: Laborers Local Union 1421

Position: President

Salary: $211,442

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#6

Mark Erlich

Union: Carpenters and Leadership Council

Position: Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Salary: $214,175

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#5

Louis G Rosetta

Union: ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $214,782

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#4

Julie B. Pinkham

Union: Nurses Association

Position: Executive Director

Salary: $240,673

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#3

Martin Walsh

Union: Laborers Local Union 223

Position: Financial Secretary

Salary: $243,762

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#2

Joseph Bonfiglio

Union: Laborers District Council

Position: Business Manager

Salary: $254,924

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#1

David Holloway

Union: GOVERNMENT EMPLS NAGE SEIU AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 

Position: President

Salary: $271,497

 
 

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