On December 5, Anthony Edmunds, former president of United Auto Workers Local 2419, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois on one count of embezzling $19,482 in funds from the Danville-based union. This is a union with recurring leadership problems. This past September, another former Local 2419 president, Bob Buford, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for embezzling nearly $130,000 in funds following his guilty plea in November 2016. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
The rising tide of allegations of sexual harassment has claimed yet another member of Congress: Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada. Last Saturday, Congressman Kihuen announced that he will not seek reelection. Yet as a House Ethics Committee investigation proceeds, Democratic Party leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are calling for him to step down. This he is refusing to do.
Ruben Kihuen, 37, born in Guadalajara, is a first-term congressman representing the 4th District of Nevada, which covers the northern portion of the Las Vegas area and points well beyond. Along with Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., he is one of two foreign-born members of the House of Representatives who illegally arrived in this country (or violated the terms of a legitimate visa) and subsequently has been allowed to stay under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. This grant of amnesty, created in 2012 by an Obama … Read More ➡
On November 29, Douglas Morin, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 9520, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota to five years of probation, with a reduction to one year pending full payment of restitution, for falsifying records of the Fargo-based union to cover his theft. The court set restitution at $7,519, plus a $25 special assessment. Morin had pleaded guilty in August following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On November 29, Marcus Nabried, an applicant for a job with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1199C in Philadelphia, was denied a reduction in the statute of limitations applying to his employment eligibility. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania had good reason for its action. Back in August 2011, Nabried, a former employee of Citizens Bank, had been convicted for his role in an elaborate “check runner” scheme through which employees at branches of several Philadelphia-area banks shared personal account holder information for the purpose of withdrawing customer funds for their own use. The latest action follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
For decades, union members, often with the tacit approval of union bosses, have committed vandalism, extortion, assault and even murder during a labor dispute. Too often, they have gotten away with such behavior. At least one member of Congress is trying to right this situation. On November 16, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa (in photo), introduced the Freedom from Union Violence Act of 2017 (H.R. 4422) to amend an anti-racketeering statute interpreted by the Supreme Court over four decades ago as exempting unions from coverage. “Union violence is an ongoing problem, and it deserves no protection in federal law,” said King. This is hardly the first time that lawmakers have tried to close this legal loophole. And the string of disappointments has been due in no small measure to union opposition.
Unions do not necessarily play “fair” when seeking support from fellow employees or concessions from employers. If beating someone, … Read More ➡
On November 28, Alicia Rooney, former office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 459, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana to one count of embezzlement in the amount of $171,804. Of that sum, about two-thirds had been taken from the Missoula-based union general fund and the other third had been taken from a union-sponsored benefit plan. Rooney had been indicted in August following an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On November 21, Fonda White, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2390, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Md. to one count of theft in an amount of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000 from the Maugansville (near Hagerstown), Md.-based union. White had been indicted in July for the charge to which she would plead guilty, plus three other charges, following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On November 21, Keith Franzese, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 275, was indicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Md. on one count of theft of at least $100,000; two counts of theft of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000; six counts of theft of at least $1,000 but less than $10,000; five counts of theft of more than $500; and one count of embezzlement/fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary for stealing $104,834 from the Greenbelt, Md.-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
That motley collection of social media demagogues known as Black Lives Matter (BLM) has come up with a new idea for this Christmas season: a nationwide boycott of all white-owned corporations. As they tell the story, running a business constitutes complicity in the murder of blacks. Ironically, their intended targets might be their most generous friends.
The brainchild of this initiative is one Melina Abdullah, a leader of BLM’s Los Angeles chapter and a professor at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). She’s urging shoppers, as part of the chapter’s #BlackXmas campaign, not to shop or otherwise do business with companies owned by whites. On a recent broadcast of her weekly radio program, “Beautiful Struggle,” she proclaimed: “We say ‘white capitalism’ because it’s important that we understand that the economic system and the racial structures are connected. We have to not only disrupt the systems of policing … Read More ➡
The National Football League, a model of fecklessness, has taken the art of surrender to a new level. Last Wednesday evening, November 29, a group of team owners and black players reached a tentative plan to divert at least $89 million over seven years to various radical organizations. The move, an effort to placate the now-ritualized theatrical pregame “kneel-down” player protests during the national anthem, was a gift to two groups in particular, the Players Coalition and the Dream Corps, the latter led by Van Jones, an Obama-era White House adviser. “No decisions have been made on where the money will go yet, much less all the money over the next seven years,” said NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart. His boss, Roger Goodell, meanwhile, won’t have to worry. Two days ago, he signed a five-year contract extension potentially worth $40 million a year.
It is an incontrovertible fact: Tens … Read More ➡