As a union boss, the pay and perks are almost endless. From clambakes and fancy restaurants to luxury sedans and stays at only the finest hotels, these 1-percenters certainly live large on the backs of their dues paying members.
Spending their members' money recklessly seems to be the norm rather than the exception for union leaders. To see out-of-control spending on perks, click here. But before you leave this page, check out the runaway, wasteful spending on other things:
- Asbestos Union Local 6 has $100,000 invested in the Bank of China. We thought the Chinese were stealing our jobs?
- The Carpenters Union spent $25,000 advertising on the back of their own program guide at their own banquet. The union also spent more than $274,000 for "general" legal fees and more than $600,000 last year alone in mortgage interest payments!
- In the last two years, IBEW Local 103 has spent more than $215,000 on drug testing, coincidentally all with the same firm. Meanwhile, the union spent more than $8,000 on an "Alpha Dog" presentation and lists paying more than $414,000 to one political consultant in year's time.
- How about spending $75,000 to "participate" in a conference in neighboring Rhode Island? That's what the Laborers Union did. The union also spent more than $54,000 for "investment advice." Here's some advice, find another investment advisor who will do a great job for much less money. The Laborers also spent an astonishing $220,819 for "Administration charge for dues collection."
- NH Governor Maggie Hassan enjoyed the riches of the Painters Union Local 35. Governor Hassan received $7,000 from the union. The Painters also spent $5,838 to renovate a bathroom. They should get to know some plumbers!
- Speaking of plumbers, Plumbers Local 12 spent more than $15,000 for golf.
- Pipefitters Local 537 wins the doozy of the year award for wasteful spending. The union celebrated its Centennial by spending more $1 million on festivities! While $85,000 of the cost was subsidized by vendors, the union still managed to blow an astronomical amount of money on the event. Some of the outrageous spending includes "entertainment for $103,518 and $31,192 for decorations. But the cost was largely driven up by spending a whopping $694,000 for the Seaport Hotel (page 11 of 12). For a complete list of the Centennial spending, click here.
- The Sheet Metal Union Local 17 spent almost $20,000 at Canobie Lake Amusement Park in NH. Whatever happened to spending locally and putting local people to work? The union also blew more than $5,000 on travel, more than $8,600 on golfing and a whopping$8,799 on the Providence Bruins.
- Rounding out the bunch, Teamsters Union Local 170 managed to spend more than $5,000 on airfare. Too bad the union will not disclose where they visited.