On February 7, Karen Stone, former bookkeeper for International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local Lodge 374, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana with embezzling $9,169 in funds from the Hammond union. She then pleaded guilty. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On February 5, Angela Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 943, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to six years of probation and ordered to pay $23,015 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Tulsa union. She had been indicted last September and pleaded guilty in November to stealing a reported $13,015. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Adam Raimer used his union like a personal bank. At least he's repaid a large part of what he stole. On February 3, Raimer, formerly secretary-treasurer of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1027, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to five years of probation for one count each of embezzlement and access device fraud against the Fresno union in the amount of $41,429. He also was ordered to pay the remaining restitution of $18,429 plus a $200 special assessment. ATU Local 1027 represents city bus drivers in Fresno and MV Transportation bus drivers, dispatchers and mechanics in Fresno and Tulare.
A fair election campaign operates on the principle of a "level playing field" - while neither side is guaranteed victory, each should have an equal opportunity to state its case. The National Labor Relations Board has an unusual interpretation. On February 5, the NLRB reissued a rule that would curtail the ability of nonunion employers and employees to oppose union organizing drives. This 'quickie' or 'ambush' election rule, is a near rewrite of its 2011 rule change that briefly made it onto the books before being struck down on procedural grounds by a federal court in May 2012. Here, as before, the allowable time frame for opponents of a union drive to express their views would be reduced from 42 days to as few as 10 days.
On February 3, Patrick Parker, formerly secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 638C, pleaded guilty in the 16th Judicial District Court, St. Mary's Parish, Louisiana, to theft in an amount of $1,500 or more from the Franklin, La.-based union. He then was sentenced to five years at hard labor (suspended) and ordered to pay $4,480 in restitution and $1,375 in fines. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On February 3, Jeanine Breaux, former secretary-bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1846, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with one count of embezzlement of funds in an unspecified amount from the Metairie-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On January 31, Harold Ray, former secretary of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 469 and former secretary of the NALC Alabama State Association, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama on one count of embezzling $38,565 in union funds. NALC Branch 469 is located in Mobile, while the state association is located in Birmingham. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers training fund had a cash shortfall. And the reason was that the money was going into the pockets of an executive assistant. On Monday, March 17, Angela Heninger, sales and marketing director/office manager for the fund, known as Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization and Training Trust (MOST), was sentenced in Kansas City, Kan. federal court to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $400,000 over a more than a half decade. She had pleaded guilty last August 22 to embezzlement after being charged in a superseding information count the previous day. Heninger also was ordered to pay $640,000 in restitution.
On January 23, Linda Ryan, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 208, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas with embezzling $54,416 in funds from the Irving, Tex. union. She pleaded guilty a week later on January 30. The charge and guilty plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On January 28, Shelly Roanhorse, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3601, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to three years of probation and ordered to pay $4,565 in restitution for making false statements in the financial records of the Claremore, Okla.-based union. She had pleaded guilty in October after being indicted in September. AFGE Local 3601 represents employees at the federal Indian Hospital in Claremore. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.