The allegations of sexual harassment may or may not be true. But there’s no disputing that the top ranks of the Service Employees International Union are getting thinner. Over the last few weeks, the SEIU announced the resignation, suspension or termination of four alleged labor lotharios: Executive Vice President Scott Courtney; principal organizer Kendall Fells; Chicago organizer Caleb Jennings; and Detroit organizer Mark Raleigh. More such moves may lie ahead. “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff,” stated union spokesperson Sahar Wali in an email. In the context of similar accusations in the worlds of politics, publishing and film, the story has added significance.
On October 24, Elizabeth Merrill, former treasurer of United Government Security Officers of America Local 251, was indicted in Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas for forgery and theft in connection with the disappearance of $1,051 in funds from the Cincinnati-based union. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Thomas Manning thought that neither his employees nor the federal government wouldn’t notice their shortfall. He turned out to be wrong. On October 16, Manning, president of a now-defunct Chicago-area concrete contracting firm, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to defrauding union benefit plans out of about $2 million in scheduled contributions and evading another $600,000 in federal payroll taxes. He had been indicted on 27 counts back in March 2015. The workers who had been denied benefits were represented by locals of the Laborers and Cement Masons unions.
Manning, now 60, was president of T. Manning Concrete Inc., based in the outer northwest Chicago suburb of Huntley, Ill. His company had been bound by various collective bargaining agreements to submit monthly reports to union-sponsored benefit plans stating the number of hours each employee worked and to make contributions reflecting these hours. According to … Read More ➡
On October 30, Carl DeRenzis, former treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1955, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of embezzling funds from the Philadelphia union in the amount of $53,281. The plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 31, David Maddy, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Auto Workers Local 2339, pleaded guilty in Rush County, Indiana Circuit Court to embezzling $37,197 in funds from the Rushville union. He then was sentenced to 30 months in prison (suspended) and 30 months of probation, and ordered to pay residual restitution of $12,197, a $500 fine and $950 in court and probation costs. He then paid these sums. Maddy had been charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 24, Norman Baker, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 220, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to one count of embezzling $8,310 in funds from the Axtell (near Waco) union. He had been charged in September. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
At this point in time, the notion that Donald Trump stole last year’s presidential election ought to carry no currency. Even the most aggressive partisans of the Left, marinated in hatred for Donald Trump and all that he supposedly stands for, now seem to have lost their taste for challenging the outcome. Yet as they zealously pursue alternatives for delegitimizing his presidency in hopes of triggering an impeachment, the campaign to overturn the election still deserves maximum attention. It’s getting it, too, in the form of a new Kindle book by Fred Lucas, reporter for the political website The Daily Signal. In The Plot to Stop Trump: The Story of a Failed Effort to Overturn an Election, Lucas carefully lays out how Hillary Clinton and her allies sought to reverse an election they claimed was theirs.
Lucas sees the presidential election of 2016 as precedent-setting. “The election,” he … Read More ➡
(The following is based on a speech presented by the author at the most recent annual meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club, Baltimore, Maryland, November 3-4, 2017.)
Why are corporations, especially those that provide information technology, promoting radical politics? It’s a question one increasingly hears these days. And it’s a necessary question. For it is a fact: The corporation as an institution, partly out of self-interest and partly out of conviction, is allying itself with the hard Left. And the consequences could be devastating for our nation as well as, ironically, corporations.
When I speak of “radicalism,” I’m not referring to businessmen using the State to achieve and maintain market advantage. Monopoly in this country is a more than a century-old tradition, and it is anything but radical. Nor am I referring to the more recent tradition of corporations paying radical accusers a “diversity tax” in hopes … Read More ➡
On October 10, Thomas Miller, former financial secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 815, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to two years of supervised probation, the first three months of which must be served in home confinement, for stealing funds from the Joliet-based union. He also was ordered to pay $21,070 in restitution, a $2,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Miller had pleaded guilty on May 19 after being charged earlier that month with one count of embezzlement in the sum of $10,886. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 9, Latasha Wilson, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969, was charged in Ramsey County (Minn.) District Court with one count of theft from the Minneapolis-based union in the sum of $58,150 during the period January 2013-December 2015. Although Minneapolis is in Hennepin County, she was charged in neighboring Ramsey County, where the alleged offenses were committed. AFGE Local 1969 represents employees at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡