By and  on February 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — A group of 15 elected leaders claiming to represent 150,000 members of UNITE HERE, the apparel and textile industry’s main union, has filed a federal lawsuit to dissolve the merger of the union and split up its 400,000 members.

The breakaway group headed by UNITE HERE general president Bruce Raynor alleged that 39 members of the union’s general executive board, led by John Wilhelm, president of UNITE HERE’s hospitality division, “have engaged in conduct that destroys the basis for the merger of these unions.”

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