Long Island AFGE President Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty and Receives Sentence

On June 22, Jeanette Willoughby, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2009, was charged in Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court with embezzling $2,487 in funds from the Garden City union. She then pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a (suspended) one-year sentence. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former Labor Secretary Perez Ignored Nuclear Plant Workers Pleas for Help

As a multicultural radical, Thomas Perez is well-suited for his current job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As a government official, he is anything but that. Last week a lawyer for the Department of Labor went public with damning evidence that Perez, while heading DOL during the second Obama term, thwarted congressionally-mandated payouts to Cold War-era nuclear arsenal employees with job-related illnesses. The whistleblower, Stephen Silbiger, accused Perez of “open hostility” toward the workers, some of whom died waiting in futility for their claims to be processed. The story, which appeared in last Friday’s Washington Free Beacon, suggests the Democratic Party, like Perez, is not on the side of American workers, populist rhetoric notwithstanding.

National Legal and Policy Center on several occasions has been sharply critical of Thomas Perez, particularly in March 2013 when President Barack Obama named him to succeed Hilda Solis as the nation’s next … Read More ➡

Illinois Teamsters Local President, Secretary Indicted for Thefts

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50 for the past year has been operating on tight leash imposed by union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members now have a clearer idea why. On June 20, Scott and Nancy Alexander, respectively, former president and former office administrator of the Belleville, Ill.-based union, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for embezzlement and fraud related to the disappearance of thousands of dollars of union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa had imposed a trusteeship on the local last July.

Scott Alexander was president of the 2,400-member Teamsters Local 50. His wife, Nancy, was office administrator of the union, located in Belleville, across the river from St. Louis, Mo. Their combined income was about $200,000 – until they, along with four other union officers, were replacedRead More ➡

Cleveland-Area Utility Workers Vice President Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

Arthur Boedecker, all things considered, got off pretty lightly. On June 20, Boedecker, former vice president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 270, pleaded guilty in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas to one count of aggravated theft from the Brooklyn Heights-based union. He then was sentenced to a jail term of three days and fined $500. Boedecker had been indicted last September for money laundering and six months earlier for receiving unauthorized payments from the union in the amount of $40,203. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Chicago Teamster Boss John Coli Indicted for Extortion; Resigns

Among union officials on the corruption radar screen, John T. Coli Sr. long has ranked among the most prominent. But the powerful Chicago-area Teamster boss’s luck finally appears to have run out. Last week, on July 12, Coli, now 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion from a local film production company. During July 2016-April 2017, allege prosecutors, Coli (in photo, on right), as head of Teamsters Local 727, received cash payments from the firm totaling $100,000, threatening economic retaliation if the money was not forthcoming. By no coincidence, Coli announced his retirement from Teamster activity that day, though without mentioning the indictment. A bench warrant for his arrest has been issued, but the date of his arraignment has yet to be set.

Teamsters Local 727 is a longtime Coli family business, a reality that Union Corruption Update … Read More ➡

Paramedics Union Treasurer in Milwaukee Charged with Embezzlement

On June 20, Estes Evans, former treasurer of the Milwaukee-based International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP) Local R7-33, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin with one count of embezzlement of $44,446.86 and one count of filing a false financial report. IAEP is an affiliate of the National Association of Government Employees, itself part of the Service Employees International Union. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Pennsylvania Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty

On June 19, Stephen Royer, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 243, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to stealing funds from the East Prospect (York County), Pa. union. He had been indicted this March on one count of embezzling $130,870 and four counts of filing false financial reports. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Trump’s NLRB Nominees Would Restore Common Sense to Workplace Relations

In recent years, as Union Corruption Update has noted, the National Labor Relations Board might be called the National Organized Labor Relations Promotion Board. This assessment soon may need some revision. Last month, President Trump nominated Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, each an experienced labor lawyer, to fill two vacancies at the normally five-member NLRB. The board is primed to revisit such contentious issues as the appropriate time frame of a union election campaign and the applicability of micro-unit bargaining. If approved, the nominees are likely to shift the NLRB back toward its traditional role of impartial arbiter and away from its current unofficial role of union partisan. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who will chair the hearings, has vowed to move quickly.

The National Labor Relations Board, established by the National Labor Relations Act of 1935 (NLRA), is a federal agency based in Washington, D.C. with 26 … Read More ➡

New York City Painters Contractor Sentenced for $400K Fraud

Given what he took, Francis Mazzella is lucky he’s not headed for prison. On June 7, Mazzella, a contractor with a collective bargaining agreement with Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution for defrauding the Queens-based union of more than $400,000 in scheduled benefits. He had pleaded guilty back in February 2012 to one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud. The actions follow a joint investigation by the IRS and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, with roughly 1,400 members, had been beset with corruption for years. Former President Hector Lopez had been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and tax … Read More ➡

Washington, D.C. Iron Workers Business Manager Sentenced

On June 7, Juan Carlos Recinos, former business manager and secretary-treasurer for International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 201, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service for defrauding seven union members out of a combined $26,900. He had pleaded guilty in February after being indicted in March 2016. Recinos and the defrauded employees worked at the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, D.C. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡