According to the Center for Public Integrity, scores of union leaders earn above six figures and hundreds of millions of dues (and tax) dollars go towards the salaries of top union officials. The Center found compensation of the international president of the top ten unions ranged from $173,000 for the UAW to $618,000 for the Laborers’ Union. The study also notes the number of union officials and staff making over $200K annually.
President’s compensation at top ten largest unions (2009):
Union: National Education Association — Dennis Van Roekel, $397,721
Union: Service Employees International Union –Andy Stern $306,388 (Mary Kay Henry current)
United Food & Commercial Workers — Joseph T. Hansen $360,737
International Brotherhood of Teamsters — James P. Hoffa, $362,869
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees — Gerald McEntee $479,328
Laborers’ International Union of North America — Terence O’Sullivan, $618,000
American Federation of Teachers — Randi Weingarten $428,284
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — Edwin D. Hill $375,767
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers — Robert Buffenbarger $284,975.
UAW — Ronald Gettelfinger $173,065 (Bob King current)