SAG-AFTRA likes its employees to drive clean shiny cars. It spent almost $9,200 to have their cars washed over the last year, according to the union’s latest financial report filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. The car wash it uses, located in a high-rise next to the union’s headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard, charges $20-$25 per wash, which comes out to about 400 car washes a year, not including tips.
The union has found all kinds of other pricey ways to spend its members’ dues money, lavishing its employees with $73,389 in “contributions, gifts and grants,” and spending $8,475 to pay the state bar dues of 20 of its in-house attorneys. It spent more than $83,000 for coffee service and another $43,332 on catering services.
The guild also spent over $1 million on political activities and lobbying, and another $1.2 million to be affiliated with the AFL-CIO.