Ex Puerto Rican Adminr. Arraigned for Embezzling Funds from Govt Union

Abdiel Navarro, frmr administrator of the Union General de Trabajadores (UGT), was arrested, arraigned and pled not guilty on July 1 to eight counts of embezzlement and falsifying records. His bond was set at $50,000 in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for Puerto Rico. He was indicted on June 26 after an investigation by the Atlanta office of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Office of Labor-Mgmt. Standards.

Navarro worked for UGT from April 1994 to December 1999, first as Ofc. Administrator, then as Union Administrator. During that time, according to the indictment, Navarro stole $35,700 from the UGT’s Benefit Plan, General Fund and credit cards. His alleged embezzlement took the following forms: $2,520 in unentitled vacation days from the Benefit Plan, $6,815 from the Benefit Plan in claimed withholdings from his paychecks that were not actually deducted, $11,221 in cashed checks from the Benefit Plan, $7,207 in fraudulent reimbursements from the … Read More ➡

Va. Union Officials Confess to Stealing from Disaster Relief Fund

Four frmr officials of Steelworkers Local 9336 pled guilty on July 12 to stealing more than $17,000 from the union and a disaster relief fund for workers affected by an explosion at a metal foundry that killed three people and left the rest jobless. A fifth defendant did not appear in the U.S. Dist. Court in Roanoke, Va., and was at large.

Of the $22,500 raised after the explosion at Intermet Corp.’s New River Foundry in Radford, the ex-local president, William Fricker, ex-president and vice president Edward Ramsey, ex-financial secy. Joseph Burress, and ex-grievance cmte. chair Rhoda Creed, and Elizabeth George stole more than $10,000. George, also charged with approving $900 in unauthorized payments to her companion, Robert Martin, is still at large.

In addition to the relief fund, all but George also pled guilty to claiming some $10,800 as time spent on union business while collecting paychecks from Intermet … Read More ➡

Buffalo Boss Makes Restitution to Pension Fund She Helped Clean Out

On June 21, Mrs. Ervolino was sentenced to a $5,000 fine on top of the $144,470 she had already paid back to the Hospital  & Nursing Home Council (HNHC) in Buffalo, NY.  She was also sentenced to one year probation and 150 hours of community service [U.S.D.C., W.D.N.Y.], and she agreed to a 13-year bar on employment by a union or union pension fund.  In exchange for her March 22 guilty plea and restitution, the U.S. Attny agreed to drop all remaining charges.  She specifically pled guilty to embezzling $1,513 from the HNHC to pay her husband’s life insurance premium.

The HNHC, now defunct thanks to the Ervolinos, was chartered by Local 4 of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees union (HERE), Local 168-39 of the Laundry & Dry Cleaning Union, and the Service Employees Intl. Union (SEIU).  Using the executive positions they held in HERE, the Laundry Union and … Read More ➡

Union Embezzler Complains About Losing “Accustomed Lifestyle”

“At some time during the conspiracy, the defendant, Anna May Ervolino, stated to a person known to the Grand Jury that she hoped certain persons ‘did not expect them [the defendants] to give up the lifestyle to which they were accustomed.'”
–Denise E. O’Donnell, U.S. Attny, W.D.N.Y., May 16, 2000
Ervolino’s statement came as investigators zeroed in on her and her late husband, Frank, for bankrupting the Hospital & Nursing Home Council’s pension fund by using their executive positions on the HNHC to embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars.… Read More ➡

No. Ill. Boss Confesses to Stealing $362K from Union He Founded

Charles C. Isely, III, ex-president and treasurer of the Int’l Employees Welfare Union (IEWU) pled guilty on July 10 to embezzlement and mail fraud. He embezzled $362,000 from the Waukegan, Ill.-based union, which he founded and ran from 1974 to 1998. He wrote 30 fraudulent checks totaling $225,000 from IEWU’s death trust fund, and 40 checks for $108,000 on IEWU’s bank accounts. Isely used the union’s funds for personal expenses. Further, Isely allegedly obtained a $20,000 bank loan under the union’s name and reportedly deposited it in his personal bank account.  Isely committed the crimes between 1994 and 1997.

Isely could be sentenced to more than two years in prison on October 2, according to Asst. U.S. Attny Carolyn McNiven. [Chi. Trib. 7/11/02]… Read More ➡

NY Officials Forced to Refund Illegal Dues after Violating Federal Settlement

Responding to charges filed by attorneys with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has forced Local 200 of the Service Employees Intl Union to refund illegally seized union dues from employees of the Marsellus Casket Company.

This is the second time the NLRB has issued a formal complaint against SEIU Local 200 in the past year. Under the NLRB’s original settlement, issued in November, SEIU officials were ordered to refund the employees’ dues and fees that were used for non-representational purposes.  Union officials disregarded the agreement and continued illegally seizing workers’ dues to pay for union politics. As part of the second settlement, the NLRB has also mandated the union must post a notice alerting workers and employees of the Marsellus Casket Company of their right to refrain from formal union membership and the payment of full union dues.

The settlement also … Read More ➡

Ex-Treasurer Must Pay Back $28K to AZ Govt. Union

On July 3, 2002, in the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, Mary Katherine Johnson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2552, was sentenced to incarceration for four months followed by five years probation and was ordered to make full restitution to the union of $28,853.69. She had pled guilty on June 3, 2002, to attempted theft following an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office. [DOL]

Indiana Official Admits to Forgery
On June 25, 2002, in Marion County (Indiana) court, Mack Dykes, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1411, pled guilty to two counts of forgery in the amount of $7,100. He had been indicted on March 21, 2002, following an investigation by the OLMS Cincinnati District Office. [DOL]

NJ AFGE Boss Indicted for Embezzlement
On June 20, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of … Read More ➡

Dem. Chief’s Shady Business Past with the IBEW

[Excerpted from Btron York’s article on National Review Online: http://www.nationalreview.com/york/york071602.asp

Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe has been a leading critic of President Bush’s business dealings with the Harken Energy Corporation, as well as the president’s corporate-reform efforts. “It’s time this CEO, President Bush, took responsibility for his actions as a private businessman,” McAuliffe said shortly after the Harken matter appeared in the press.

But even as he questions the president’s credibility on the issue of corporate responsibility, there are questions about McAuliffe’s own past as a private businessman … In the late 1990s, some of McAuliffe’s business ventures came under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, which filed suit against two labor-union officials, both of them with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers pension fund, for entering into questionable business arrangements with McAuliffe. Both officials later agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties for their … Read More ➡

NYC Mob “Enforcer” in ILA Denied Bail

Federal Judge Fredric Block (E.D.N.Y. Clinton) denied bail on July 16 to a Gambino family”captain” indicted for infiltrating two ILA locals in NYC and intimidating dissidents.

Anthony “Sonny” Ciccone was charged last month with intimidating ILA bosses into placing a Genovese associate on the ILA’s Executive Council, as a stepping stone to the ILA presidency.  Ciccone and others were also charged with intimidating trustees of the ILA’s national health plan into awarding a prescription contract to a firm from which the Gambino and Genovese families then split a kick-back of approximately $400,000.  Further, between June 2000 and Aug. 2001, Ciccone and others, allegedly coerced ILA Local 1 officials into following Ciccone’s directives regarding the management of the local, including the placement of members in particular jobs.

At the July 16 hearing in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors cited enough wiretaps and other evidence of Ciccone’s threats, that Judge Block ruled that they … Read More ➡

Unions Appeal OK Right to Work Ruling

Union lawyers have filed an appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to overturn Oklahoma’s new Right to Work Law, a measure making union membership voluntary while creating new jobs.  “The decision to file an appeal is another slap in the face to the voters of Oklahoma who rejected the unions’ cynical campaign of misinformation last fall,” said Stefan Gleason, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation, whose legal-aid attorneys will be representing employees defending the Right to Work law at the appellate court.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, Oklahoma has led the nation in the creation of jobs since the passage of Right to Work last September.

“The workers of Oklahoma are already seeing the benefits of living in a Right to Work state,” said Gleason.”When will union officials end their hostility toward employee freedom … Read More ➡