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Union haul: Boilermakers leaders’ salaries and perks climb as membership sinks

Five years ago, leaders of the Kansas City, Kan.-based Boilermakers union took steps to show they were being good stewards of members’ dues after coming under scrutiny for spending practices and a lack of accountability. But a recent examination of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers found that things appear to have returned to business as usual.

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Union officials still making and spending big money

The Star took a close look at the Kansas City, Kan. based Boilermakers union five years ago and found that union officials were making some of the highest salaries of union leaders in the U.S. and spent lavishly on travel and perks.
Chris Ochsner The Kansas City Star
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