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June 16, 2020

Executive Compensation at the Teamsters

by Anne Paddock

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) is a labor union in the United States and Canada for workers who want to bargain collectively. With 1.4 million members from 24 industrial divisions in both the public and private sector including public defenders, vegetable pickers, freight drivers, warehouse workers, newspaper workers, construction workers, healthcare workers, zoo keepers, airline pilots, police officers, secretaries, and more, the Teamsters is considered to be the most powerful labor union in North America.

Formed more than 100 years ago in 1903, the Teamsters have 1,900 Teamster affiliates in the US and Canada and Puerto Rico that are supported by the headquarters in Washington, DC: a non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) (5) – an organization that has a duty to its members first.

3 key pieces of financial information about the Teamsters include:

  • The organization reported total revenue of $192 million in 2017.
  • Expenses totaled $160 million in 2017 with the three highest expenses being compensation ($73 million), reimbursed salaries, benefits, and expenses ($29 million), and fees for outside services ($19 million).
  • Teamsters has $303 million in net assets.

Governed by 27 voting members of the governing party, the Teamsters has 571 employees who received $73 million in compensation in 2017, which equates to an average compensation of $128,000. 141 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 55 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $491,370:  John Coli, VP Central*
  • $464,842:  James P Hoffa, General President*
  • $456,236:  Rome Aloise, VP At Large*
  • $435,693:  Gregory Floyd, VP*
  • $417,485:  Becky Strezechowski, VP Central
  • $409,350:  Rick Middleton, VP Western*
  • $402,330:  Ronald Herrera, VP Trade Division*
  • $395,377:  Sean O’Brien, VP Eastern*
  • $392,664:  William C Smith, III, Exec Asst to Gen Pres*
  • $389,203:  George Tedeschi, VP At Large*
  • $375,425:  Francois Laporte, VP Canada*
  • $374,972:  Steven Vairma, VP Western*
  • $366,207:  George Miranda, VP At Large*
  • $358,931:  Frederick P Potter, VP At Large*
  • $341,057:  Richard Ken Hall, General Sec-Treas
  • $347,169:  Freddie N Simpson, VP At Large*
  • $346,854:  Kevin Moore, International Trustee*
  • $331,781:  David Bourne, Trade Division Director*
  • $325,696:  William Hamilton, VP At Large*
  • $316,632:  Gary S Witlen, Department Director/Legal
  • $309,380:  Denis Taylor, International Trustee*
  • $270,488:  Leah Ford, Asst Director/Special
  • $267,211:  Ken Wood, VP Southern*
  • $263,762:  John F Murphy, VP Conference Director*
  • $254,243:  Craig McInnis, VP Canada*
  • $250,489:  Anthony Mathis, Asst to GST and Auditor
  • $250,389:  Neil Ditchek, General Pres Assistant
  • $248,905:  Bret Caldwell, Dept Director/Community
  • $247,044:  John Slatery, Department Director/Benefits*
  • $246,948:  Jim Kabell, International Trustee*
  • $246,340:  Jeffrey Farmer, Dept Director/Organization
  • $246,320:  Todd J Thompson, Special Asst to GP
  • $245,621:  Stanley J Hennessy, VP Canada*
  • $244,469:  Scott Hegland, International Representative*
  • $243,763:  Charles A Jones, VP Central*
  • $243,566:  Christine Bailey, Department Director/Field
  • $241,119:  Michael Manley, Staff Attorney
  • $236,860:  Richard Gibson, Staff Attorney
  • $233,493:  Cynthia Impala, Department Director/Training
  • $232,492:  Iain Gold, Department Director/Strategy
  • $232,237:  Lamont Byrd, Department Director/Safety
  • $231,599:  Carin Zelenko, Department Director, Capital
  • $228,242:  Avril Thompson, VP Central*
  • $221,208:  Ronald Schwab, Asst Director
  • $220,087:  Louis S Baniecki, International Auditor
  • $219,229:  Heather R Wieker, International Auditor
  • $218,858:  Frederick Dubinky, International Representative
  • $217,508:  Scott Hilton, International Auditor
  • $215,742:  Nicholas Manicone, Staff Attorney
  • $212,245:  Marion Davis, Department Director/Building and Construction
  • $208,074:  William M Frisky, VP Central*
  • $196,059:  Brian Rainville, Former International Rep
  • $188,946:  Brian Byhle, VP Central*
  • $168,521:  Richard Bell, Former Exec Asst to the GST
  • $155,071:  Daniel J Kane, Sr, VP Eastern*

Note:  The “*” indicates a portion of the compensation was paid from a related organization which appears to be the Teamsters National Headquarters Building Corporation, a C-corp owned 100% by the Teamsters, that operates out of the same business address as the Teamster headquarters in Washington. For more specific information, see Schedule J, Part II of the IRS Form 990.

49 of the 55 or 89% of the most highly compensated employees are male while 6 or 11% are female. Given that more than 45% of members are female, how is it that 89% of the most highly compensated employees are male?  9 out of the 10 most highly compensated employees are male while 1 is a female.

Teamsters paid for first class or charter travel. No detail is provided.

Teamsters paid a housing allowance or provided a residence for personal use. Specifically, the General President, the General Secretary- Treasurer, and Executive Assistant to the General President are provided housing, the fair value of which is included on their W-2’s.

Teamsters provided tax indemnification or gross up payments. Employees received a FICA match which is a gross up payment included on their W-2.

53 independent contractors received more than $100,000 in compensation. The five (5) highest were reported to be:

  • $1.3 million:  Jones Day of New York, NY for independent disciplinary office
  • $0.7 million:  Kirkland and Ellis of Washington, DC for legal services
  • $0.6 million:  Bush Gottlieb A Legal Corp of Glendale, CA for legal services
  • $0.6 million:  Bracewell, LLP of Houston, TX for legal services
  • $0.5 million:  Baptiste and Wilder PC of Washington, DC for legal services

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017), click here.

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