Ohio Union Officers & Staff Take Millions from Workers

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Ohio’s 100 highest-paid union officers and employees received a sum of more than $16.6 million last year. Excluding national unions headquartered in the state, 393 Ohioans were paid at least $100,000 using dues taken from workers.

Of those 393 Ohioans, 50 were paid more than $150,000 and 11 were paid more than $200,000. In a list of U.S. Department of Labor records sorted by union salary plus reimbursements, the 100th person was paid $140,879 during fiscal year 2012.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 in Dayton paid secretary-treasurer Steve Culter a staggering $400,052 in fiscal year 2012, and paid president Lennie Wyatt $350,596.

Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 83 in Portsmouth paid business manager Gary Coleman $311,357, and LIUNA Local 860 in Cleveland paid secretary-treasurer/business manager Anthony Liberatore $292,253.

Rounding out the top five, UFCW Local 880 in Broadview Heights paid president Thomas Robertson $273,255.

Although Ohio Education Association (OEA) employees and officers were most heavily represented among those raking in at least $100,000, former OEA President Patricia Frost-Brooks — paid $267,916 — came in sixth overall.

Other highlights:

  • OEA paid 119 of its officers and employees more than $100,000 and paid 25 more than $150,000, including Frost-Brooks and executive director Larry Wicks (who received $222,167)
  • 52 employees and officers of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) affiliates were paid at least $100,000, including 6 paid more than $150,000
  • 38 employees and officers of LIUNA affiliates were paid at least $100,000
  • 27 employees and officers of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) affiliates were paid over $100,000
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 18 paid 26 employees and officers more than $100,000
  • 26 employees and officers of UFCW affiliates were paid at least $100,000

Of the unions with national headquarters in Ohio, United Transportation Union in North Olmsted paid 47 officers and employees more than $100,000. Of those 47, 19 were paid over $200,000, 7 were paid over $250,000, and 3 were paid more than $300,000.

At Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen headquarters in Cleveland, 23 officers and employees were paid at least $100,000, 12 were paid over $175,000, and 5 were paid more than $200,000.

American Train Dispatchers Association, also headquartered in Cleveland, paid 6 officers and employees more than $100,000.

The 100 highest-paid Ohio union officers and employees — excluding employees of the national headquarters described above — are listed in the following table.

Note that total disbursements include payments made directly to the individual listed, and do not include health insurance or retirement benefits.

Name Organization Name Title/Status City Pay
Steve Culter FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75 Secretary-Treasurer / C Dayton $400,052
Lennie Wyatt FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75 President / C Dayton $350,596
Gary Coleman LABORERS LOCAL UNION 83 Business Manager / C Portsmouth $311,357
Anthony Liberatore LABORERS LOCAL UNION 860 Sec-Treas / Business Mgr / C Cleveland $292,253
Thomas Robertson FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 880 President / P Broadview Heights $273,255
Patricia Frost-Brooks NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION President / C Columbus $267,916
Joseph Rugola STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Executive Director Columbus $253,351
Ralph Cole LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL Business Manager / C Westerville $239,024
Larry Wicks NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Executive Director / C Columbus $222,167
Gary Martin STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Associate Director Columbus $208,225
Kenneth Holland LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL Secretary/Treasurer / C Westerville $203,349
Robert Grauvogl FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 880 President / C Broadview Heights $195,872
William Leibensperger NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Vice President / C Columbus $193,766
James Timlin NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Secretary-Treasurer / C Columbus $189,640
T. Dean Wright MACHINISTS AFL-CIO DISTRICT LODGE 54 President / C Columbus $186,804
Jason Boswell TRANSPORTATION UNION IND GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ADJUSTMENT 687 General Chairperson / C Bellevue $186,590
Bonnie Joseph NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $181,319
James Martin NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Asst Exec Dir Columbus $178,009
Charles Roginski STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Regional Director Columbus $177,595
Thomas Jowhar NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $175,816
John Phillps LABORERS LOCAL UNION 265 Bus Manager / C Cincinnati $174,948
Kevin Garvey FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75 Exec Asst To Pres/E-Board / C Dayton $174,673
Thomas Drabick STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Director Of Legal Svcs Columbus $173,158
Kevin Flanagan NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION AED – Member Services Columbus $170,881
Venita Shoulders NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $168,976
Patrick Sink ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 18 Business Manager / C Cleveland $167,263
Rachelle Johnson NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION AED – Member Services – P Columbus $166,814
Donald Dalton NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $166,119
Susan Babcock NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Asst Exec Dir Columbus $164,768
William Pearsol NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $160,463
Frank Curiel LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL 8 Coordinator Westerville $158,494
John Lyall STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 8 President / C Worthington $158,202
Diane Tieman NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $157,496
Loree Soggs BLDG & CONSTRN TRADES DEPT AFL-CIO BLDG & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL Executive Secretary / C Cleveland $156,415
Patricia Collins Murdock NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Regional Director Columbus $156,091
Randy Weston STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Dir Of Pol Action Columbus $156,018
V. Randall Flora NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Director Of Educ. Pol. & Columbus $155,573
Sonya Cook NETJETS ASSOCIATION OF SHARED General Counsel Gahanna $155,519
George Bozovich NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $154,794
Linda Fiely NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION General Counsel Columbus $154,592
Bryan Stage ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 71 Business Manager / C Grove City $154,267
Cristina Munoz-Nedrow NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Regional Director Columbus $153,562
Jeffrey Kestner NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $152,728
Parry Norris NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Regional Director Columbus $152,636
Mary Suchy NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Director Of Membership Columbus $152,511
Rodney Bird NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $152,074
David Pasqualone LABORERS LOCAL UNION 860 Recording Secretary / C Cleveland $152,073
Talmadge Hutchins NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $151,968
Matthew Maclellan LABORERS DISTRICT COUNCIL 8 Director Westerville $151,451
Robert Matkowski NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $150,023
Kyle Brown ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 246 Business Manager / C Steubenville $149,819
Cathy White NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $149,734
James Kravec ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 1377 Business Manager / C Middleburg Hts $149,116
Nick Nardi TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION 416 President / C Cleveland $148,595
Harold Palmer STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Regional Director Columbus $147,993
Stuart Graham NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Computer Tech Ser Columbus $147,585
Lavonne Lobert-Edmo NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $147,528
William Otten NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Organizer Columbus $147,445
Joseph Cohagen NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Director Of Business & Bu Columbus $147,351
Ronald Rapp NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Director Of Govermental S Columbus $147,336
Harold Mitchell STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL 8 First Vice President / C Worthington $147,326
Jeanette Cooper NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Regional Director Columbus $146,866
Terence Joyce LABORERS LOCAL UNION 310 Business Manager / C Cleveland $146,460
Alfred Nelson NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $146,378
Michael Mahoney NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Director Of Communication Columbus $146,356
Melodie Terman NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $145,686
Lloyd Rains STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Regional Director Columbus $145,633
Rebecca Villamagna NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Compac Columbus $145,149
Joseph Cousino ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 8 Business Manager / C Rossford $145,146
Mark Allison NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Computer Tech Ser Columbus $144,924
Helen Matusick NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $144,536
Donald Holub Ii NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $144,498
Teresa Kimble FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75 Union Rep Dayton $144,273
Steve Myers STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Regional Director Columbus $144,205
Eric Urban NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $144,078
Lynnette Howell NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $143,866
Mark Costantino NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $143,838
Timothy Moennich ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTORS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 17 Bus Agent / C Cleveland $143,621
John Grafton NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Political Advocac Columbus $143,403
Sheila Saad NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $143,199
Vicky Davis NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $143,108
Joann Johntony STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 4 Executive Board President / C Columbus $142,744
Amber Kirkwood NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $142,640
Richard Dalton ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 18 President / C Cleveland $142,338
Patricia Turner NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Collective Bargai Columbus $142,242
Mark Linder NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $142,162
Kathleen O’Connell-Burton NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,937
Marla Bell-Gombita NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,913
Elizabeth Chandler-Marks NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,830
Bonnie McMurray NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,819
Suzanne Kaszar NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Compac Columbus $141,634
Gary Carlile NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Compac Columbus $141,499
Victor Marchese Jr NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,482
Chloann Leidy NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,426
Phillip Zannella MACHINISTS AFL-CIO LODGE 1363 Business Representative Cleveland $141,281
Darlene Messer NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,272
Russell Harris NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Uniserv Educ Research Dev Columbus $141,201
Thomas Renaud NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,114
Ruth Field NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $141,090
Edward Stephenson NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND STATE ASSOCIATION Labor Relations Consultant Columbus $140,879