American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

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.

AFGE Local President in San Antonio Charged with Theft

AFGE logoOn February 19, W.D. Whiting, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1757, was charged in the 290th Judicial District of Bexar County, Tex. with one count of theft, with an aggregate value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000, and one count of misappropriation of fiduciary/financial property from the San Antonio union. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE President in New York City Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

AFGE logoOn February 14, Federck Petro, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2094, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to one count of embezzlement of funds from the New York City union, which represents VA hospital employees. He had been charged and arrested in December 2011 with stealing more than $100,000. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.

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Washington State AFGE Local President Pleads Guilty to Theft

AFGE logoOn January 17, David Currie, former president and treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2583, pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of Washington, County of Clark, to theft from the Vancouver, Wash.-based union. He then was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay $6,552 in restitution and a $500 fine. Currie had been charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFGE President of South Dakota Local Pleads Guilty to Larceny

AFGE logoOn January 15, Melody Wouden, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2342, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to one count of larceny from the Ft. Meade, S.D. union in an amount of under $1,000. The plea follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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