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              FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011, file photo, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter behind, during a media availability to announce $10 million for an IMPaCT Philadelphia project from the Department of Transportation in Philadelphia. Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid. However, other points of disagreement between the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate, including how to pay for transportation programs and how much leverage the federal government should have over how states spend their aid money, are still outstanding. LaHood has said it’s unlikely Congress will pass a final bill until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
              FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2011, file photo, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood speaks, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter behind, during a media availability to announce $10 million for an IMPaCT Philadelphia project from the Department of Transportation in Philadelphia. Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid. However, other points of disagreement between the GOP-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate, including how to pay for transportation programs and how much leverage the federal government should have over how states spend their aid money, are still outstanding. LaHood has said it’s unlikely Congress will pass a final bill until after the November elections. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)   

Report: 35 union employees at Transportation Dept. made $4.8 million in 2012

A new Americans for Limited Government report has flagged thirty-five union workers at the U.S. Department of Transportation who earned $4.8 million in taxpayer-funded salary in 2012, with an average salary of $138,175.

Thirty-two of the thirty-five union workers make at least $100,000 per year from the Department, ALG reported.

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association has twenty-one members at the Transportation Department, with eight of them making more than $170,000 per year.

“Certified in 1987, [the NATCA is] one of the strongest and most influential labor unions in the federal sector, and a direct affiliate of the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO),” according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association website.

The union salaries have prompted outrage from Americans for Limited Government.

“It is obscene that in one Department alone, taxpayers are being stuck with almost $5 million in public employee union salary costs, these unions collect member dues and should pay for their own employees,” Bill Wilson, president of ALG, said in a statement.