American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

West Virginia AFGE Local Officers Indicted for Records Fraud

AFGE logoOn August 6, Janet Posey and Linda Bland, respectively, president and vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2384, each were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on one count of concealment of embezzled funds. The union represents employees of the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Ex-Local President in Wisconsin Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn July 31, Christopher Zawikowski, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3495, was charged in Adams County, Wisconsin District Court with one count of theft from the Grand Marsh, Wisc.-based union in an amount of less than $2,500. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Former Chicago-Area AFGE Official Sentenced for Mail Fraud

AFGE logoOn July 29, Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers, former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three years probation, six months of which would be in community confinement, for mail fraud. She also was ordered to pay $35,663 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. AFGE Local 2107 is based in North Chicago, Ill. (Lake County) and represents employees of the North Chicago VA Medical Center. Pugh-Rodgers had pleaded guilty in March after being indicted with two other local members, James Charleston and Mary Craigen, in July 2012 on two counts of mail fraud and one count of embezzlement. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local President in Illinois Sentenced for Theft

AFGE logoOn July 17, Timothy Harper, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2326, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three months in prison and three months of supervised home confinement for theft in the amount of $15,837 from the Great Lakes, Ill.-based union. He also was ordered to make full restitution. Harper had pleaded guilty in April. The union represents employees at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Great Lakes, which is located north of Chicago near Waukegan. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Union Leaders Prepare for Final Push on Immigration; Ignore Member Concerns

Richard Trumka"Comprehensive immigration reform," like virtually any initiative containing the magic word "comprehensive," looks good on the surface. But the details of the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June by a 68-32 margin reveal much wrong underneath. Oblivious to this, top union leaders are gearing up for an all-out blitz this fall to secure passage of a similar bill in the Republican-majority House of Representatives. Led by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (in photo), they are obsessed with providing 11 million or more persons illegally in this country with amnesty and eventual citizenship, and with enabling millions of family members to come here to join them.

AFGE Local President in New Mexico Sentenced for Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn July 8, Francisco Smalls, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2263, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Albuquerque union. He also was ordered to pay $6,726 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Smalls had pleaded guilty in January. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Local Secretary-Treasurer in Cincinnati Pleads Guilty

AFGE logoOn May 28, Cynthia Yancey, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3840, pleaded guilty in the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to misdemeanor theft from the Cincinnati-based union. She then was ordered to pay court costs. Yancey previously had made restitution in the amount of $4,255 after being indicted on April 8. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

South Dakota AFGE Local President Sentenced for Larceny

AFGE logoOn May 6, Melody Wouden, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2342, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to six months of unsupervised probation for larceny from the Ft. Meade, S.D.-based union in an amount under $1,000. She had been indicted last October and pled guilty in January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE Secretary-Treasurer of Cincinnati Local Indicted for Theft

AFGE logoOn April 8, Cynthia Yancey, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3840, was indicted in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas on one count of theft of funds in an unspecified amount from the Cincinnati-based union. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Chicago-Area AFGE Local Vice President Pleads Guilty

AFGE logoOn March 15, Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers, former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of mail fraud. Pugh-Rodgers had been indicted in July along with two local officials, James Charleston and Mary Craigen, for two counts of mail fraud and one count of embezzlement in excess of $1,000 from the North Chicago, Ill.-based union. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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