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Although UFCW likes to talk about class warfare, it likes to pay its union bosses handsomely.

Former United Food and Commercial Workers executive vice president Bill McDonough was paid $544,137 last year despite leaving the union in October.

Working as the collective bargaining director at UFCW headquarters in Washington, D.C., McDonough received a gross salary of $378,606 plus $3,000 in “allowances,” $88,851 for official business and $73,680 in other disbursements, based on the union’s 2014 report to the U.S. Department of Labor.

UFCW classified 80 percent of McDonough’s time as representational activity, which means his pay came both from member dues and mandatory “agency fees” UFCW takes from nonmembers in states without right-to-work laws.

Although McDonough was only employed by UFCW from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, his gross salary was over $140,000 greater than in the previous two years. McDonough’s salary was $235,207 in 2013 and $235,177 in 2012.

Why was McDonough’s gross salary so much higher in 2014, and why did the union pay him a total of $544,137 for 10 months of work?

UFCW did not respond to a Watchdog inquiry about McDonough’s compensation and other questionable 2014 expenditures reported to the Department of Labor…

UFCW’s “Organization United for Respect at Walmart” and “Making Change at Walmart” unionization drives are heavy on class warfare rhetoric, but McDonough was one of eight UFCW officers and executives paid more than $250,000 last year.

A total of 186 UFCW headquarters officers and employees were paid more than $100,000 last year with money taken from over 1.2 million members and 8,007 forced fee payers.

Last year, the UFCW paid 40 union officials over $250,000, including one local union president who made over $579,000.

Although UFCW likes to talk about class warfare, it likes to pay its union bosses handsomely. Former United Food and Commercial Workers executive vice president Bill McDonough was paid $544,137 last year despite leaving the union in October. Working as the collective bargaining director at UFCW headquarters in Washington, D.C., McDonough received a gross salary of $378,606 plus $3,000 in […]