IBEW Business Manager in NW Missouri Charged with Theft

IBEW logoOn February 18, Dennis Fuston, former business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 545, was charged in the Buchanan County, Missouri Judicial Court with theft of funds from the St. Joseph-based union in an amount of more than $500 but less than $25,000.  The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFL-CIO Gears Up for 2016 Election Cycle; Hypes Sen. Warren

trumka:warrenExpanding union monopoly privileges and the welfare state is a full-time job, especially when it comes to electing political candidates committed to advancing these causes.  The AFL-CIO, never late to rise, is getting an early jump for 2016.  For the last few months, federation President Richard Trumka has touted freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a Left-populist, as presidential material.  The federation has yet to issue a formal endorsement.  And the senator has denied plans to run.  Yet she could be persuaded to change her plans.  The push for Warren is part of a larger effort to identify “pro-worker” candidates who support dramatic hikes in the minimum wage.  “That’s the stick we’ll use to measure every candidate,” Trumka said at an AFL-CIO executive board meeting in Atlanta in late February.

For several decades, unions have been the prime engine of the Democratic Party, most of all, in national elections.  Endorsements by … Read More ➡

Justice Department Hurls Charges at Ferguson Police, but Clears Officer Wilson

Eric Holder is on his way out as U.S. attorney general, but he wants to leave a reminder of his legacy. Unfortunately, it is a legacy of racial polarization heavily driven by his ally, Al Sharpton. The Department of Justice (DOJ) today released a report concluding that police in Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis suburb where a fatal shooting last August by a white officer, Darren Wilson, of a violent black youth triggered repeated rioting, has exhibited patterns of bias. Released in summary form earlier this week, the study accuses Ferguson police of systematic targeting of blacks. Yet the accusation is flimsy, a vindictive response to a state grand jury’s sensible refusal last November to indict Wilson for murder. Its motive is even more obvious in light of DOJ’s decision today to clear Wilson of civil rights violations.

National Legal and Policy Center has been on this from the start. … Read More ➡

Southern California Police Union Office Manager Charged with $340K+ Embezzlement

She seemed like a model employee, but in the end Alis Archibeque was merely an actress who couldn't sustain her act.  On January 29, Archibeque, former office manager for the City of Riverside (Calif.) Police Officers Association (RPOA), was charged in Riverside Superior Court with making about $346,000 in unauthorized purchases and money transfers.  She was arrested and booked on February 7.  The alleged losses, which occurred over a half-decade and did not involve police department funds, were discovered following a lengthy police investigation.

Alis Archibeque began working at the 360-member Riverside Police Officers Association in April 2006, winning the union’s trust by working late hours at the office and assisting at RPOA charity events.  Unfortunately, starting in May 2007, she allegedly used the labor organization’s credit cards as her personal bank account.  The ruse began to unfold in February 2012, when union board members discovered a suspicious … Read More ➡

Hidden Video Captures Eric Garner Daughter Blasting Sharpton

Achieving justice, Al Sharpton-style, isn’t cost-free. And even his natural allies are admitting that the New York-based civil rights leader-provocateur can’t say “no” when it comes to money. This Tuesday, the New York Post published an article on a Staten Island, N.Y. rally on behalf of the late Eric Garner, a local black resident who died last July 17 soon after being arrested by police. Rev. Sharpton has championed his cause, insisting that white cops had racial motivations in using a banned chokehold in the arrest, which involved Garner’s attempted sale of loose cigarettes. Yet Garner’s adult daughter, Erica Snipes, is not impressed. Asked by an undercover video journalist if she thought Sharpton was a crook, she responded, “He’s (Sharpton’s) about this,” rubbing her fingers together. And she’s not the only person who feels the Rev is putting his bank account first.

Al Sharpton, now 60, needs money. Without it, … Read More ➡

Georgia Postal Workers Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

postal-workers-logoOn January 21, Cynthia Collins, former secretary-treasurer of American Postal Workers Union Local 12, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia to one count of embezzlement from the Athens, Ga. union. She had been indicted last July for embezzling $23,345 and then concealing the thefts in union financial reports. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Postal Workers President in North Carolina Charged

postal-workers-logoOn January 13, Salvatore Mauro, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 1236, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina with one count of creating a false financial report on behalf of the Salisbury-based union.  He pleaded guilty the next day. The indictment and plea follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Ohio Bricklayers Local Treasurer Sentenced for Theft

Bricklayers logoOn January 13, Brian Stoneburner, former treasurer for International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 44, was sentenced in the Perry County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas to 90 days of incarceration, five years of probation and 100 hours of community service for stealing $13,235 from the Newark, Ohio-based union. He also was ordered to make full restitution. Stoneburner had pleaded guilty in November after being indicted in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Los Angeles SEIU Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

seiu logoOn January 12, Cedric Hughes, former treasurer of the United Union of Professionals, alternately known as Service Employees International Union Local 721, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to five years of probation for embezzling $15,193 in funds from the Los Angeles-based health care workers union. He also was ordered to make full restitution, and pay a $2,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Hughes had pleaded guilty in September after being indicted in December 2013. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Northern California Cement Masons Local Bookkeeper Charged

plasterers-and-cement-masons-logoOn January 8, Maria Del Cupolo, former bookkeeper for Operative Plasterers & Cement Masons International Association Local 300, was charged in the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, with five counts of grand theft in a combined amount of more than $65,000 from the Oakland-based union, plus four counts of money laundering. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡