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The important link is here:http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/10/04/why-should-stage-hands-at-carnegie-hall-make-400000/"As a non-profit, Carnegie Hall’s 990 is a public document that shows startlingly rich payouts to its unionized laborers. While the most highly paid employee is Clive Gillinson, the hall’s executive and artistic director, who made $1,113,571 last year, the next-most-highly-paid employee is its top stagehand, Dennis O’Connell, who earned $464,632 in 2012. Next on the salary roster: carpenter James Csollany, who pulled in $441,223. Both O’Connell and Csollany made more than the hall’s chief financial officer, Richard Matlaga, who earned $429,259. Three other IATSE members took home impressive sums. Electrician John Cardinale made $425,872, another electrician, John Goodson, made $395,207 and carpenter Ken Beltrone made $371,813

""Though the stagehands’ salaries seem high, it’s tough to argue that any business, including Carnegie Hall, is powerless when it comes to negotiating with unions these days. Besides, as Cornell professor Ileen DeVault points out, most of us don’t begrudge the huge salaries of unionized NFL and Major League Baseball players  At the risk of inviting angry comments from Forbes readers, I’d say that Local One’s members have achieved the American dream, working their way through the echelons of the middle class to a level on par with Carnegie Hall’s wealthy donors. Is that such a terrible thing?"

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