My last blog entry dealt with the hypocrisy of the United Auto Workers and their leadership in owning a resort that consistently has lost money over the years.
But, Michelle Malkin has taken this story to new levels by exposing other projects that the UAW leadership has wasted it’s members’ money on.
From Town Hall:
|In May and November 2007, the UAW forked over nearly $53,000 for union staff meetings at the Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, Mo. In September 2007, the UAW dropped another $5,000 at the Lakes of Taylor Golf Club in Taylor, Mich., and another $9,000 at the Thunderbird Hills Golf Club in Huron, Ohio. Another bill for $5,772 showed up for the Branson, Mo., golf resort. On Oct. 26, 2007, the union spent $5,000 on another “golf outing” in Detroit. In May and June 2007, UAW bosses spent nearly $11,000 on a golf tournament and related expenses at the Hawthorne Hill Country Club in Lima, Ohio. And in April 2007, the UAW spent $12,000 for a charity golf sponsorship in Dearborn, Mich. In August 2007, the UAW paid nearly $10,000 to its for-profit Black Lake golf course operator, UBG, for something itemized as “Golf 2007 Summer School.” UBG had nearly $4.4 million worth of outstanding loans from the union. Another for-profit entity that runs the education center, UBE, had nearly $20 million in outstanding loans from the union.
And while the UAW and carmakers cry poor, they’ve operated massive joint funds for years that have paid for lavish items such as multi-million-dollar NASCAR racer sponsorships and Las Vegas junkets. The dire economic downturn hasn’t changed the behavior of profligate union bigs at the front office or the shop floor. Local Detroit TV station WDIV recently caught local UAW bosses Ron Seroka and Jim Modzelewski — both of whom make six-figure salaries — on tape squandering thousands of hours of overtime on such important labor security matters as on-the-clock beer runs and bowling tournaments.
And the idiots in Congress who voted “Yea” on the Detroit bailout still beleive they were doing something honorable.
Let the bums go bankrupt.
You can access the complete column on-line here:
The UAW’s Money-Squandering Corruptocracy
December 31, 2008
Filed under: Corruption, Economy, Government, Unions | Tagged: Black Lake, Hawthorne Hill Country Club, Jim Modzelewski, Lakes of Taylor, Michelle Malkin, Ron Seroka, Thousand Hills Golf Resort, Thunderbird Hills, UAW, United Auto Workers |