The 50 Highest Paid Employees and Officers in Philadelphia Unions (and No, Johnny Doc Is Not #1)

We’re pretty sure this is what they mean by the phrase “union fat cat.”

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With Philadelphia’s unions back in the news in a very big way, we thought we’d take a look at who earns what in our local unions.




We examined the 2013 financial reports that the unions are required to file with the United States Department of Labor and found the 50 union employees and officers who received the most from those unions between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013.

We also researched the average employee compensation for each union and the percentage of employees of the unions who earn more than $75,000.

While carpenter union head Ed Coryell tops the list, bringing home about $25,000 more than electrical union boss John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty, Doc's union is responsible for 14 entries on our top 50 list, for a collective $2.3 million in 2013.

Union
Name
Title
Total Comp.
Avg. Union Comp.
% > $75,000
CarpentersCoryell, EdwardBusiness Manager$309,830 $84,11858.7
ElectriciansDougherty, JohnBusiness Manager$286,920 $73,95234.4
Steelworkers 286Simone III, CarloBusiness Manager$248,093 UnavailableUnavailable
Laborers 332Staten, SamuelBusiness Manager$243,606 $61,83427.8
DC-33Matthews, HermanPresident$222,574 $22,9249.4
Ironworkers 401Dougherty, JosephBusiness Agent$211,989 $73,64719.2
Sheet MetalMasino, GaryBusiness Manager$203,998 $39,52626
Plumbers 420Gallo, Thomas Business Manager$198,048 $63,60232.6
DC-33MacDonald, ElizabethSecretary Treasurer$193,854 $22,9249.4
DC-33Wallace, FranklinController$190,488 $22,9249.4
CarpentersNaughton, RobertHead Organizer$190,416 $84,11858.7
Laborers DCBoyer, RyanBusiness Manager$187,589 $68,57226.7
Transportation 769Sampson, DirkGeneral Chairman$179,895 $78,20828.6
ElevatorsLoomis, EdwardBusiness Manager$176,900 $130,51821.7
Plaster/Cement 8Kilkenny, ThomasBusiness Manager$174,320 $86,73621.1
Teachers 8036Kirsch, TheodorePresident$172,806 $69,83140
Plaster/Cement 8Taylor, WilliamPresident$169,300 $86,73621.1
ElectriciansBark, RobertSergeant of Arms$167,359 $73,95234.4
ElectriciansBrowne, TimothyVice President$166,786 $73,95234.4
PaintersAshdale, JosephBusiness Manager$165,319 $86,91960
Laborers 57Higgins, WalterBusiness Manager$163,769 $74,42338.5
ElectriciansBurrows, BrianPresident$163,557 $73,95234.4
Plumbers 420McInerney, ChristopherBusiness Agent$159,310 $63,60232.6
Ironworkers 405Penna, EdwardPresident$159,161 $89,39125
ElectriciansCrawford, MaritaBusiness Agent$158,369 $73,95234.4
ElectriciansFoy, JamesExecutive Board$157,722 $73,95234.4
AsbestosPettit, StephenBusiness Manager$157,003 $72,73128.6
BricklayersPagliotti, DennisPresident$156,101 $69,25647
ElectriciansCoppinger, EdwardExecutive Board$155,601 $73,95234.4
ElectriciansWalker, GeorgeBusiness Agent$154,733 $73,95234.4
Laborers 332Robinson, AndrewSecretary Treasurer$154,429 $61,83427.8
ElectriciansWolfe, StephenExecutive Board$153,576 $73,95234.4
Ironworkers 401Prophet, ChristopherBusiness Agent$153,554 $73,64719.2
ElectriciansSnyder, James Business Agent$153,546 $73,95234.4
ElectriciansThompson, RobertExamining Board$152,619 $73,95234.4
Plumbers 420Jackson, StephenAsst. Business Manager$152,058 $63,60232.6
Plumbers 692Miller, WayneBusiness Manager$151,651 $42,29126.1
Plumbers 420Gallagher, Anthony Business Manager$151,629 $63,60232.6
Plumbers 420Meile, MichaelBusiness Agent$151,129 $63,60232.6
Ironworkers 405Malone, SamuelBusiness Manager$151,072 $89,39125
ElectriciansStevenson, BrianBusiness Agent$151,014 $73,95234.4
ElectriciansGormley, RobertExecutive Board$150,871 $73,95234.4
ElevatorsKoch, JohnBusiness Rep.$150,738 $130,51821.7
Plumbers 420Heffernan, KevinFinancial Secretary$149,629 $63,60232.6
AsbestosCellucci, RobertBusiness Agent$149,032 $72,73128.6
Plumbers 420McMahon, BrianBusiness Agent$148,500 $63,60232.6
ElectriciansDevine , NehemiahBusiness Agent$148,240 $73,95234.4
Teachers 8036Ocmand, AlisonStaff$148,234 $69,83140
AsbestosRickert, RonaldBusiness Agent$148,067 $72,73128.6
Plumbers 420Walls, JamesAsst. Business Manager$147,666 $63,60232.6

A few notes about our data:

The total compensation includes all disbursements to the individual during 2013, including base salary and other forms of compensation.

The average union compensation represents the average compensation for all employees, while the final column indicates the percentage of union employees earning more than $75,000. These two last columns are based on 2012 data. These figures refer to actual employees of the union, not to union members.

The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 3, AFL-CIO) was not included in this analysis. According to a PFT spokesperson, they are not required to file a report with the Department of Labor because they only represent public sector employees.

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  • Philly Urban Living

    Wow…

  • matthew brandley

    Remember folks when you pay your union dues you pay for somebodies ass to get fat off your paycheck!

    • Fred Jackson

      Remember folks, when you pay your union dues, you have a better quality of life. You get compensated fairly and have health benefits and a retirement plan. Anyone in a union knows this. Some people just flap their gums not knowing anything about unions because the have never been in one. With fair compensation you can raise a family, have a decent place to live, and even go out once in a while. While no nothings just complain and fabricate things because they are either not talented, or not smart enough to join a union. Especially, a trade union.

      • matthew brandley

        Or force people to join unions that dont want to or protest outside non union shops like some union scum bags do. I have been in a union before and they idnt do a damn thing for me except take from my pay check!

        • anonymouszeak

          Man is your name Google ….You know everything. ….

          • matthew brandley

            Just more educated and now a union goone like you

      • Fuzziness

        Ya raise your family in your little house while you collect scraps from the boss’ table. What exactly does Ed Coryell do that makes him worth over $300K in his position? Now I get why the leadership seems none-too-phased when a strike looms; cause they make enough to have a decent savings for tough times. Now I’m wondering which one of these guys are my neighbors out here in Wayne, Glen Mills, or Chadds Ford. If you’re upset with Wall Street CEOs, this has to cause the same reaction. Would love to see the teacher’s union leader’s salaries…I’d bet it’s worst with them as their members face layoffs and book-less classrooms. Ugh.

  • NSAPEEPER

    I wonder how these unions will do after they bleed Philly dry and we become the next Detroit? They won’t put up with their thuggery in the suburbs.

  • Walt Heil

    I am 100% Union and don’t mind paying my Union officials a good wage! I am sure that number includes health care,annuity,pension contributions and a lot of other things that Unions provide for there members. I agree some at the top may be a little over the top but I feel $150,000 for the head of our Union is not unreasonable

    • JofreyRice

      These guys are all senior management and executives. I wonder what their salaries would look like compared to the top 50 CEOs among Philadelphia-Area based Businesses? David and Goliath.

      The unions kept the rate of compensation for skilled workers more closely related to the rate of compensation for those corporate fat-cats, as that rate gained an exponential delta for other middle class workers over the past 30 years. Had the effects of deregulation and trickle down economics not stifled the rise of wages for the rest of the middle class over that period, these numbers wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.

      Should we bust them up, and remove one of the only champions for middle class labor, further strengthening the power of corporations, and reducing workers rights?

  • Guest

    Whats with all the union busting? would you rather guys that are taught to do the work correctly and be held accountability if its not done right or have non union workers do a piss poor job that will barely pass inspection and have to be done over again sometime in the near future with no accountability . These Guys fight hard to keep their unions working so they deserve every penny they get. They go through all the headaches in dealing with the politics of it and that takes a certain type person and skill to deal with that everyday. Unions are the reason why we have workers rights and for the middle class. These companies using non union workers are just looking for cheap labor and with most being undocumented workers. we are losing the American way because of cooperate control looking for a cheap way out!!!

    • matthew brandley

      aaaablah blah blah blah. All I here is a union scum bag crying and complsining . Anyone anI mean anyone can do the same job as well as a union scum bag for less money

  • John Chambers Jr

    Whats with all the union busting? would you rather guys that are taught to do the work correctly and be held accountable ( cause they are insured) if its not done right or have non union workers do a piss poor job that will barely pass inspection and have to be done over again sometime in the near future with no accountability . These Guys fight hard to keep their unions working so they deserve every penny they get. They go through all the headaches in dealing with the politics of it and that takes a certain type of person and skill to deal with that everyday. Unions are the reason why we have workers rights and for the middle class. These companies using non union workers are just looking for cheap labor and with most being undocumented workers. we are losing the American way because of cooperate control looking for a cheap way out!!!

  • chris f.

    Local 420 is the Steamfitters union not the plumbers. Idiots!

    • http://www.phillymag.com/ Philadelphia Magazine

      See reply to dave, below.

  • dave

    There is no such local as Plumbers 420, great fact finding.