Union Bosses Living Large Thanks to Forced Dues

From MediaTrackers.org:

Members of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB) pay an average of $76.05 towards the salaries and expense reimbursements the union pays its top officers, plus $83.20 to cover the cost of conferences including officer trips to Switzerland and Italy.

The Boilermakers union reported membership of 57,203 to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, while 9 national headquarters officers — each of whom was paid over $350,000 — received disbursements totaling $4,350,553.

Name Title 2012 Pay
Newton Jones International President $729,630
Warren Fairley International Vice President $530,053
Joseph Maloney International Vice President $506,677
Ed Power International Vice President $469,438
Tom Baca International Vice President $456,439
Lawrence McManamon International Vice President $454,540
James Pressley International Vice President $425,528
William Creeden International Secretary-Treasurer $420,769
D. David Haggerty International Vice President $357,479

What other union expenditures burned through the equivalent of $13.25 per month from every Brotherhood of Boilermakers member?

Convention and meeting costs IBB reported to DOL for fiscal year 2012 — not including $316,383 the union paid Wide Awake Films for production of a marketing documentary — exceeded $4.7 million.

In late 2011 and early 2012, IBB paid Maryland-based Convention Services a total of more than $1.4 million, including $158,809 to send Boilermakers union officers to an International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

In March and April 2012, IBB spent $84,870 at the Westin Europa & Regina in Venice, Italy, $38,042 at the Westin Excelsior in Rome, and $35,440 at a Marriott in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Boilermakers union also spent $1.7 million at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, $174,794 at South Dakota pheasant hunting lodge Paul Nelson Farm, and $41,969 at Couer d’Alene Resort in Idaho.

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