The cash-strapped Hub yesterday moved to recoup the $76,000 taxpayer-funded salary of a union boss who spends much of his time out of town serving firefighters in other states and nations as far away as New Zealand. The Herald reported yesterday that the city has paid Allan “Mike” Mullane $1.3 million during the 23 years he has served as 3rd District vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based International Association of Firefighters. Mullane is one of 11 top police and fire union officials on the city payroll raking in a combined $1 million-plus to work full-time for their unions. The longstanding practice has come under fire by fiscal watchdogs on the heels of the city’s property-tax hike on the hard-put residents and businesses. Mullane serves the interests of firefighters across New England and even traveled to New Zealand in 2006 to build “global alliances” with unions in the United Kingdom. “The IAFF (should) begin to reimburse the taxpayers for the actual cost of its own employee,” Boston budget chief Lisa Signori wrote in a letter to IAFF President Harold Schaitberger obtained by the Herald. Signori noted that the duties of Mullane’s position – created in a pact the city forged with Boston Firefighters Local 718 in 1986 – “relate to the many hundreds of Fire Locals supported by the IAFF throughout the Northeast Region” and in “no way provides exclusive services to the city of Boston workforce.” The Herald has also learned that Local 718 has failed to file mandatory financial reports that detail other compensation given to top officials for the past six years. Local 718, an arm of the IAFF, has not filed an annual “Employee Organization Information Report” with the state Division of Labor since December 2003. In that financial report, for the fiscal year 2002, the union stated it paid $10,400 as annual salary to President Nicholas DiMarino and another $14,100 combined to other union bosses.
Mullane declined in a brief interview to discuss the letter or the compensation he gets from the IAFF and Local 718. Local 718 President Edward Kelly did not return messages yesterday. IAFF spokesman Bill Glanz also declined to comment.
Originally published by By RICHARD WEIR. (c) 2009 Boston Herald. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.
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