UPDATE: WASTEFUL SPENDING IN 2012 - June 28

Whether it is frivolously spending hard-earned money from hard-working employees on issues that have nothing to do with the union (as in the case of legalizing MMA in New York) or effectively using their members to enrich themselves, one question remains: is this how you would want your money spent?


Here are some figures from 2012:
 
According To The Last Federally Required Financial Disclosures Submitted By UNITE HERE, They Lost Over $61 Million In Total Assets From January 2012 To December 2012 ($169,011,132 to $107,620,102). (2012 UNITE HERE Form LM-2 Labor Organizational Annual Report, Schedules 11-12, File Number 000-511, 5/7/13)
 
In 2012, 55 Of UNITE HERE’s Officers And Employees Received An Annual Compensation In Excess Of $100,000, With The Compensation To Such Officers And Employees Totaling $7,433,260. (2012 UNITE HERE Form LM-2 Labor Organizational Annual Report, Schedules 11-12, File Number 000-511, 5/7/13)
 
In 2012 The Top 5 Highest Compensated Executives Of UNITE HERE Were:
John Wilhelm, President, 2012 compensation: $385,856.
Nick Worhaug, Executive VP, 2012 compensation: $253,614.
Sherri Chiesa, Secretary/Treasurer, 2012 compensation: $233,727.
Karl Lechow, International Vice President, 2012 compensation: $222,965.
Donald “D” Taylor, General Vice President of UNITE HERE and Treasurer of Local 226, 2012
        compensation: $203,114 ($175,430 from UNITE HERE, $27,684 from Local 226). (2012 UNITE HERE 
        Form LM-2 Labor Organizational Annual Report, Schedules 11-12, File Number 000-511, 5/7/13)
 
Additionally, UNITE HERE paid a total of $1,644,976 to “consultants” in 2012. (2011 UNITE HERE Form LM-2 Labor Organizational Annual Report, Schedules 15, 16, and 18, File Number 000-511, May 6, 2013. ($442,939 for “Representational Activities;” $519,097 for “Political Activities and Lobbying;” and $682,940 for “General Overhead”)
 
UNITE HERE Paid $241,102 To Lobby Its Own Officers—Funneling Member’s Money To Lobby Their Own Officers Who Already Receive A Paycheck. (2012 UNITE HERE Form LM-2 Labor Organizational Annual Report, Schedules 11-12, File Number 000-511, 5/7/13)