Associated Press




Associated Press


Teamsters Union President Jackie Presser was paid nearly $500,000 in 1983 for holding four union positions, pacing a list of more than a dozen US union leaders who made $100,000 a year or more, government records show.

Presser, elected as general president of the Teamsters in April 1983 succeeding Roy Lee Williams, who was forced to resign, drew $173,055.59 for that position, according to Labor Department files.

These records also show that Presser, 57, was paid $216,000 for his position as secretary-treasurer and executive officer of Teamster Local 507 in his hometown of Cleveland; $42,500 as head of the 120,000-member Ohio Conference of Teamsters, and $59,500 as president of Teamster Joint Council 41 in Ohio.

The salaries paid to Presser totaled $491,055.59, more than four times as much as that paid to AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland, head of the 13.8 million-member labor federation, who was paid $110,000.

The salary figures were available from financial disclosure forms, which must be filed regularly with the Labor Department under provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. These reports were supplemented by figures provided by Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a dissident faction.

Bill Pugh, a spokesman at Teamster headquarters here, said the union "will have no comment" on Presser's salaries.

Presser has defended his income, saying what he earns is appropriate compensation for his responsibilities as head of the 1.8 million-member union. It is not unlawful for a union official to hold one or more paid positions.

But the dissident Teamster faction, which says it represents an estimated 8000 rank-and-file Teamsters across the country, claimed that Presser, "while accumulating millions from the dues of Teamster members, has promoted deep concessions and wage cuts for hundreds of thousands of Teamster members."

The salaries of top union officers varied widely, but more than 15 were in the $100,000-a-year category, the records showed. In contrast, the pay of the nation's top business executives averaged nearly $420,000 last year, according to a survey by U.S. News & World Report.

The report found that the top 100 business executives received more than $1 million apiece in pay and bonusues.

Ranking second behind Presser in total pay was Harold Friedman, a close Presser ally whom Presser named to the Teamster international executive board earlier this year.

Friedman, president of Local 507 in Cleveland, had salaries totaling $460,955, including $247,113 from Local 19 of the Bakery Workers union, which shares offices with Teamster Local 507; $171,000 from Local 507; $28,722 from the international union and $14,120 from Joint Council 41, according to the TDU.

Kirkland placed well down the list, the records showed.

Besides Presser and Friedman, the pace-setters were Henry A. Duffy, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, $191,434; William Wynn, president of the million-member United Food and Commercial Workers union, $150,000; Thomas W. Gleason, head of the International Longshoremen's Association, $142,115 and Shannon Wall, president of the National Maritime Union, $136,398.

Among the others were Angelo Fosco, president of Laborers International Union, $129,875; J.C. Turner of the International Union of Operating Engineers, $125,263; Gerald F. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Richard I. Kilroy of the Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks, $125,000; Edward . Hanley of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees, $122,677, and Charles H. Pillard, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $113,428.

Others who were paid $100,-000 or more were Robert A. Georgine, president of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department; Patrick Campbell of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners; S. Frank Raftery of the International Brotherhood of Painters, and Albert Shanker, president of the American Federation of Teachers.


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