Longshoremen Local Treasurer in Ohio Charged with Theft

On December 1, John Allen, former treasurer of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1982, was charged in the Lucas County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas with one count of theft in the sum of $1,940 from the Toledo union.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Houston Transportation Union Secretary Sentenced for Theft

smart-logoOn November 20, Henry Shuler, former treasurer of United Transportation Union (SMART) Local 1892, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment for embezzling $40,118 in funds over a six-year period from the Houston-based union.  He already had paid full restitution.  Shuler had pleaded guilty in April following a one-count charge in February.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Oklahoma LIUNA Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

liuna logoOn November 20, Michael Low, former secretary-treasurer of Laborers International Union of North America Local 2097, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma to 18 days of incarceration, three years of probation and 104 hours of community service for making false statements in union financial records in connection with his embezzlement of $12,937 in funds from the Oklahoma City-based union.  Low, who already had paid restitution, also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.  He had pleaded guilty back on March 26 after being charged that day.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer in Michigan Sentenced for Fraud

Tiffany Randle’s remorse probably kept her out of prison.  On November 23, Randle, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 652, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one day of imprisonment (with credit for time served) and two years of probation for defrauding the Kalamazoo-based union.  She also was ordered to pay $23,727 in restitution.  Randle had pleaded guilty in August after being indicted in July.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

Prosecutors alleged that Randle, 47, a resident of Kalamazoo, stole funds from a credit union account sponsored by AFSCME Local 652, which represents employees at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.  She cashed union checks by forging the name of the local vice president and used the funds for her own benefit.  At her sentencing hearing, … Read More ➡

New Mexico Laborers Local Business Agent Indicted for Theft

On November 19, Daniel Correa, business agent for Laborers International Union of North American Local 16, was indicted in the Third Judicial District Court of Santa Ana County, N.M. on one count of embezzlement in an amount exceeding $20,000 from the Albuquerque-based union.  The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Maintenance of Way Secretary-Treasurer in Illinois Indicted

On November 17, Joshua Lewis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division Lodge 212, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on one count of making false statements in financial records of the Gillespie, Ill. union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Illinois Local AFSCME Treasurer Indicted for Embezzlement

afscme-logoJeffrey Magelitz managed the finances of a union representing prison employees. Now he may wind up one of its inmates. On November 18, Magelitz, former treasurer of Local 415 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for embezzlement and theft, and for concealment of these acts in a union financial report. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Magelitz, 44, a resident of Chester (Randolph County), Ill., served as treasurer of AFSCME Local 415 during January 2012-June 2013. Prosecutors charge that this was enough time for him to have embezzled $30,811.96 in funds from the union, which represents employees at the Vienna Correction Center in Vienna (Johnson County), Ill. Moreover, he allegedly prepared and cashed unauthorized union checks for himself, forging the signatures of the local president and … Read More ➡

Ex-Boston Teamster Convicted of Extortion; Pleads Guilty to Benefit Fraud

Teamsters logoJames “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis wasn’t the only bad apple in International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 82.  But the authorities weren’t about to let him get away.  On November 17, Deamicis, former shop steward for the local, was found guilty by a jury in Boston federal court on three counts of extortion.  Less than two weeks later, he pled guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $40,000 in unemployment benefits.  Deamicis had been indicted in September 2012 along with three other members of the local on 30 separate counts of racketeering, extortion, mail fraud and other crimes against local businesses, especially exhibitors at Boston-area trade shows.  The actions follow a joint probe by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Boston police.

Union Corruption Update has covered the saga of the Boston-based Teamsters Local 82 on more than one occasion.  A four-man union shakedown operation, led by John Perry, … Read More ➡

Postal Workers Ex-Local President in Indiana Sentenced

postal-workers-logoOn November 16, Pamela Nessen, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 286, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to six months of home confinement and one year of probation for embezzling $58,598 in funds from the Fort Wayne-based union.  She had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in November 2014.  She also was ordered to pay $58,087 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

VW Maintenance Workers in Chattanooga to Join Union; Automaker Appeals

vwWhen the United Auto Workers in April 2014 gave up on its bid to unionize hourly workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga two months after its ballot defeat, then-President Bob King intimated the union would be back.  It’s a lot more than an intimation now.  On December 4, robotics and other machine maintenance workers at the facility voted 108-44 in favor of UAW representation.  The National Labor Relations Board a week earlier had approved a union request for an election.  Unlike the last time, VW is not siding with the union.  Even before the vote, the German automaker had announced its intent to appeal the NLRB ruling.  The victorious workers are but a fraction of all employees, but they are celebrating all the same.  And the NLRB remains very much in the picture.

For decades, the United Auto Workers have viewed the South as prime organizing territory.  … Read More ➡