On July 14, Laura Cloyd, former financial secretary of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America Local 112, was indicted in Campbell Court (Ky.) Circuit Court with theft by failure to make required disposition of private property in an amount of at least $500. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 14, Devon Madray, president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for embezzling around $20,000 in funds from the Roseville, Mich. (Macomb County)-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 15, Marcella Champion, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1831, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to nine months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the federal government security guards union. She also was ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and pay $19,152 in restitution on top of the $2,000 she already paid. Champion had pleaded guilty in May to one count of theft in the sum of $4,130 after being charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
William Davis has found out the consequences of debit card fraud. On July 21, Davis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1119, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to 15 months in prison and two years of supervised release in connection with his theft of more than $120,000 in funds from the Montrose (Westchester County), N.Y.-based union. He also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Davis had pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in April after being charged last October. The actions follow a joint investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General.
On July 1, Elmer Ray Booker, former financial secretary of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1530, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to five years of probation for embezzling $42,018 in funds from the Houston union. He also was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service and pay $39,517 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Booker had pleaded guilty this February after being indicted in March 2015. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 1, Joan Dutton and Tatia Clark, respectively, former president and former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 2801, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a four-count indictment for conspiracy, aiding and abetting, embezzlement, and concealment in relation to their theft of $15,935 in funds from the Signal Hill, Calif.-based union. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
In Minnesota, labor unions might qualify as a separate branch of government. Governor Mark Dayton, for one, wouldn’t object. Three years ago the State of Minnesota enacted a law opening the door to unionizing private home care providers for the disabled. The law soon seemed destined for oblivion. In June 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Harris v. Quinn, ruled that an Illinois law forcing home care workers to pay union dues violated their free speech rights. That these employees received a portion of their incomes from state Medicaid funds, concluded the Court, should not subject them to a public-sector labor agreement. Yet the Minnesota law’s supporters have kept up their efforts, winning an SEIU representation vote in August 2014 and losing an AFSCME vote in March of this year.
On July 18, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to eight months of home confinement and five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union in the amount of $132,939. He also was ordered to pay $104,410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. Luevano had pleaded guilty on March 30, five days after being charged. TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On June 30, Michael Schofield, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Local 1046, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to falsifying financial records in order to conceal embezzlement of $31,850 in funds during 2012-13 from the Plainfield, Ill. union. Schofield had been charged in a one-count information a week earlier. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
The ambush murders of five Dallas police officers on July 7, followed ten days later by the murders of three Baton Rouge cops, outraged the nation. To the social media network of provocateurs called Black Lives Matter (BLM), however, these massacres were equivalent to recent white police “murders” of blacks. Though evidence negates such equivalence, many journalists are insisting that we see these events through the group's lens. Rather than objectively pursue truth, they selectively use facts and manipulate language to propagate the view that blacks are being targeted for death and are justified in taking matters into their own hands. Case in point: Last December, as part of its annual Person of the Year issue, Time magazine praised BLM as having “weaponized protest.”