On October 8, Michelle Misso, former bookkeeper for Iron Workers Local 63, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of making false entries in the records of the Broadview (suburban Chicago), Ill.-based union to conceal her acts of embezzlement totaling $47,161. She had been charged in August. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
On October 26, Heather Banhidy, former office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 120, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to one count of embezzlement $13,906 in funds from the Cleveland union. She had been indicted on August 12 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Stalking is ugly behavior. By intent, it inflicts fear of violence upon another person or persons. And frequently it is a prelude to actual violence. Yet in a number of states, such behavior is protected under law if it can be justified as promoting one’s interests in a labor dispute. Pennsylvania, to its credit, is no longer on that list. Last Thursday, November 5, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill into law repealing a loophole that had given unions the right to stalk, harass and even use a “weapon of mass destruction” as an organizing tool. The new law, in the works for more than two years, applies to employers and unions alike. Yet on a practical level, its main intent is to discourage union terror at nonunion work sites. Predictably, the Pennsylvania chapter of the AFL-CIO opposes the measure.
On October 8, Dawn Colley, former employee of United Steelworkers Local 8-719, was charged in a three-count indictment in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky for embezzling $7,201 in funds from the Ashland, Ky. union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 7, David Deitrick, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 10-1338, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to two years of probation, and ordered to pay $8,993 in restitution and a $100 special assessment, for embezzling funds from the Shamokin (Northumberland County), Pa.-based union. Deitrick had pleaded guilty in April following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 24, Thomas Flaherty, a former member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 82 (taken over in 2011 by Teamsters Local 25), was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to two years of probation for fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits from the Massachusetts Department of Workforce Development. He also was ordered to pay $21,011 in restitution and a $1,000 fine. He had pleaded guilty in June. Flaherty previously had been accused, along with three other Local 82 members, of running an intimidation racket against participants at Boston trade shows. He was acquitted in that case, but couldn’t walk in this one. The plea and sentencing follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department and the Boston Police Department.… Read More ➡
On October 6, James Coffey Jr., former president of United Steelworkers Local 5-887, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on two counts of embezzling $7,098 in funds from the Newell, W.Va.-based union. Coffey, 54, a resident of Bergholz, Ohio, allegedly used a union debit card to pay for personal expenses and wrote unauthorized checks to himself from a union bank account. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On September 30, Alton Alexander, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2-479, was charged in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, with one count of misdemeanor embezzlement of between $200 and $1,000 from the Plainwell, Mich.-based local. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On October 2, Gregory Paradis, former chief steward of United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers (UFSPSO) Local 501, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire to embezzling $13,493 in funds from the union, which represents workers at the Seabrook, N.H. nuclear power plant. Paradis had been charged in August following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
It’s hard to imagine theft from an American labor union having anything to do with Arab politics. But federal prosecutors are convinced they have found a connection. And that’s not the only problem in this case. Yesterday, on October 28, the FBI and the Labor Department announced the indictment of three Maryland men – Anthony Frederick, Gary Cooper and Christopher Kwegan – for theft, fraud, money laundering, and bribe-taking related to the disappearance of more than $1.7 million from the Washington, D.C.-based Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 657. Frederick is a former business manager of the union; Cooper and Kwegan are co-owners of a Greenbelt, Md.-based construction firm, STS General Contracting.
According to the indictment, during May 2013-June 2014 Anthony Frederick, 49, a resident of Upper Marlboro, Md., used his position as business manager for Laborers Local 657 to divert more than $1.7 million in local funds … Read More ➡