Non-profit

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

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Website:

unionsportsmen.org/

Location:

Spring Hill, TN

Tax ID:

27-2345009

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2020):

Revenue: $5,375,526
Expenses: $4,522,283
Assets: $6,139,898

Formation:

2007

Type:

Environmentalist

President:

Walt Ingra

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is an environmentalist constituency organization, which purports to represent the interests of labor union members who identify as hunters and fishermen. It participates in wildlife conservation projects and advocates in favor of sportsmen’s user-fee programs, such as excise taxes and hunting and fishing licenses.

The organization was founded as an alliance between organized labor and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, an environmentalist group. According to a Washington Post report on Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s founding, union leaders hoped the Alliance would “lure the political allegiance of gun-owning union members away from the NRA and its political agenda.” [1]

Background

In 2007, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (sometimes referenced with the initialization “USA”) was formed as a group of charter union affiliates, largely from unions representing members in the industrial and building trades to engage in environmentalist advocacy and manage infrastructure projects oriented around the preservation of North American wild spaces particularly those used for outdoor sporting activities such as hunting and fishing. [2] [3]

A Washington Post report on the organization’s creation noted that organized labor and environmentalists saw the Alliance as a political force to secure greater preservation of public lands against oil and gas exploration. According to the Post, labor union officials hoped to “lure the political allegiance of gun-owning union members away from the NRA and its political agenda.” [4]

Later, in December 2013, the Alliance was registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in Spring Hill, Tennessee. [5]

User Fees

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance advocates supports excise taxes on hunting, fishing, and shooting gear in the 10 percent range to support the Department of the Interior’s Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration program, which administers grant programs supporting state-level environmental agencies and federally recognized Tribes to manage and preserve fish, wildlife, and other habitats. [6] The Alliance also supports hunting and fishing licenses that directly fund state-level environmental agencies. [7]

Activities

On June 25, 2019, in partnership with the Recreational Boating and Fishing foundation, which provided $2,500 of funding toward the project, the United Sportsmen’s Alliance, with additional funding from the Mississippi Building Construction Trades Council’s annual Dinner ($20,000) and Harrison County ($5,000), built and installed a public fishing pier in Harrison County, Mississippi. An official dedication ceremony for the structure took place on October 12, 2019 in conjunction with that year’s Harrison County Sherriff’s Youth Fishing Rodeo. [8]

On May 18, 2022, in partnership with Major League Fishing’s Fisheries Management Division and the Mercury Marine and Mossback Fish Habitat, the Alliance participated in a fish habitat enhancement project in the Duck River Reservoir in Cullman, Alabama. Largely, the project consisted of building and placing 85 artificial habitats. Materials for the project were provided by Mercury Marine and MossBack. [9]

On June 4, 2022, in partnership with Major League Fishing’s Fisheries Management Division and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Alliance collaborated on a fish habitat enhancement project in Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee supported by Berkley Labs. In large part, the project consisted of building and placing 36 MossBack artificial structures into Richland Creek in order to serve as habitats for Bass and Crappie, which use the creek (an arm of the lake) to spawn. [10]

On July 1, 2022, the Alliance hosted an inaugural Richard L. Trumka “Get Youth Outdoors Day” in honor of the late president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka. The event, organized by the Alliance’s Work Boots in the Ground Conservation Program, was sponsored by Humana, an insurance firm, and supported by the Provost Umphrey Law Firm, UIG, The Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO), the Bank of Labor, the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, and Buck Knives. [11]

Union Sportsmen’s Journal

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance publishes a journal, the Union Sportsmen’s Journal, available quarterly in print to Alliance members. Generally, the journal features organizational news, hunting and fishing tips, and reviews of products made by companies employing members of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Former featured articles of the journal representative of the publication include pieces titled, “Preserving the Moment: All About Taxidermy,” “Raining Arrows on Thundering Toms,” “Preparing a Child for that First Hunt,” “Professional Advice on Filming Hunts,” “Spring Flings: Fishing Tactics for Multispecies Success,” and “Is a Hunting Dog Right for You?” [12]

Brotherhood Outdoors TV

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance produces and distributes “Brotherhood Outdoors TV,” an educational entertainment program featuring clips about the outdoors, often with a union member acting as the episode’s “guest star.” Clips of the program, which are republished on YouTube, include titles such as “GAME RICH – Follow an Army Veteran & Union Apprentice Hunting Antelope in Wyoming,” “GOAT ROPIN’ – First Time Antelope Hunt on Tribal Land in South Dakota,” and “Barkin’ Up Bacon – Florida Hog Hunt w. Former NFL Player Joe Tafoya.” As of 2022, the program is supported by ULLICO, an insurance company affiliated with organized labor. [13] [14]

People

Kinsey M. Robinson is the chairman of the board of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Formerly, Robinson worked as international secretary-treasurer and then president of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. [15] During his tenure at the latter, Robinson was also a trustee of the National Roofing Industry Pension Plan. Initially, Robinson became involved in union organizing while working in the roofing industry in Spokane, Washington, running for and winning election to the local 189 executive board of the union in 1969. [16]

As of 2022, Walt Ingram was the interim CEO and executive director of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, formerly having worked as the Alliance’s director of union relations. [17]

Union Partners

Unions that provide financial support to the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance include the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Government Employees, Communications Workers of America, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Union of Elevator Constructors, the Laborers’ International Union of North America, North America’s Building Trades Unions, the United Association, United Auto Workers, the United Mine Workers of America, the United Steelworkers, and the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. [18]

References

  1. Harden, Blaine. “Conservation Group, Unions Joining Forces.” The Washington Post. WP Company, January 16, 2007. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501022.html. ^
  2. 141 REPORT: WALT INGRAM, UNION SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE.” IAMAW141.  May 28, 2021. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://iam141.org/141-report-walt-ingram-union-sportsmen-alliance/ ^
  3. Harden, Blaine. “Conservation Group, Unions Joining Forces.” The Washington Post. WP Company, January 16, 2007. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501022.html. ^
  4. Harden, Blaine. “Conservation Group, Unions Joining Forces.” The Washington Post. WP Company, January 16, 2007. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/15/AR2007011501022.html. ^
  5. “UNION SPORTSMENS ALLIANCE.” ProPublcia. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/272345009 ^
  6. “Wildlife and Sports Fish Restoration.” DOI: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://www.fws.gov/program/wildlife-and-sport-fish-restoration ^
  7. “Who Pays for Fish and Wildlife Conservation.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. May 5, 2022. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/who-pays-for-fish-and-wildlife-conservation/ ^
  8. “USA, RBFF, Union Volunteers United to Build Public Fishing Pier in Harrison County, Mississippi.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. June 25, 2019. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/usa-rbff-union-volunteers-unite-to-build-public-fishing-pier-in-harrison-county-mississippi/ ^
  9. “Union Members Build 85 Fish Habitats for Duck River Reservoir.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. May 18, 2022. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/union-members-build-85-fish-habitats-for-duck-river-reservoir/ ^
  10. “Union Members Assemble 36 Fish Habitats for Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. June 7, 2022. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/union-members-assemble-36-fish-habitats-for-tennessees-chickamauga-lake/ ^
  11. “USA Hosts Inaugural Richard L. Trumpa Memorial Get Youth Outdoors Day.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. July 7, 2022. Accessed August 8, 2022.

    https://unionsportsmen.org/usa-hosts-inaugural-richard-l-trumka-memorial-get-youth-outdoors-day/ ^

  12. “Union Sportsmen’s Journal.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/union-sportsmens-journal/ ^
  13.  “Brotherhood Outdoors.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed August 8, 2022.  https://unionsportsmen.org/brotherhood-outdoors/be-on-the-show/ ^
  14. “Brotherhood Outdoors Films – NEW Episodes 2022.” YouTube: Brotherhood Outdoors. 2022 Accessed August 8, 2022.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoPZxal6c47w-jteYxLSKeMPzlhy2jJ0a ^
  15. “Board of Directors.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/about/board-of-directors/ ^
  16. “Kinsey M. Robinson.” TheOrg. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://theorg.com/org/ullico-inc/org-chart/kinsey-m-robinson ^
  17. “Who We Are.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/about/who-we-are/ ^
  18. “Union Partners.” Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. Accessed August 8, 2022. https://unionsportsmen.org/about/partners/union-partners/ ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: December 1, 2013

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Dec Form 990 $5,375,526 $4,522,283 $6,139,898 $1,564,783 Y $3,822,370 $1,431,835 $23,095 $210,515
    2019 Dec Form 990 $5,118,369 $6,340,719 $5,091,538 $1,369,666 Y $4,718,793 $74,750 $25,503 $203,105 PDF
    2018 Dec Form 990 $5,443,754 $5,127,064 $6,358,341 $1,414,119 Y $4,998,881 $0 $59,502 $207,729 PDF
    2017 Dec Form 990 $4,650,157 $3,695,686 $5,136,457 $508,925 Y $4,298,708 $0 $37,289 $195,066 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,571,541 $2,949,475 $4,124,409 $451,348 Y $3,768,753 $0 $16,133 $81,602 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,082,831 $3,047,384 $2,410,431 $359,436 Y $2,442,430 $1,111,948 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $3,808,918 $3,030,487 $1,528,911 $513,363 Y $2,349,440 $1,057,552 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $3,833,590 $3,638,560 $832,863 $595,746 Y $2,288,400 $1,122,493 $0 $0 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $3,069,541 $3,252,617 $496,990 $454,903 Y $1,920,859 $905,537 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $2,464,031 $2,853,555 $554,017 $328,854 Y $1,609,813 $657,575 $0 $0 PDF

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    Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

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