Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Twin Cities-Area CWA Shop Chairman Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

Communications Workers logoOn March 12, Jason Brown, former shop chairman of Communications Workers of America Local 87140, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court to theft in an amount of over $1,000 from the Minneapolis-based union. He then was sentenced to one year and one day of confinement (stayed for five years), but ordered to serve 90 days of confinement in addition to five years of probation. He also was ordered to pay $3,905 in restitution less what he previously had paid. Brown had been charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Illinois CWA Local Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

CWA logoOn January 8, Natasha Bever, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 4202, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds from the Rantoul, Ill. (near Champaign-Urbana) union. She also was ordered to pay the remaining $55,759 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Bever had been indicted in January 2013 on one count of embezzlement in the amount of $117,378, and pleaded guilty in June to stealing $149,404. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-Shop Chairman of Twin Cities-Area CWA Local Charged with Theft

Communications Workers logoOn November 14, Jason Brown, former shop chairman of Communications Workers of America Local 87140, was charged in Hennepin County (Minn.) Court with one count of theft of $3,905 from the Minneapolis union during September-December 2012. He isn't the first official of Local 87140 with legal problems. In November 2012, Dennis Earley, former local financial secretary, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County Court for stealing more than $5,000 from the union and was sentenced immediately thereafter. The charge against Brown follows an investigation by the U.S. 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.

CWA Local President, Treasurer in Michigan Sentenced for Embezzlement

CWA logoOn June 20, James Killingsworth and Billie Jo Killingsworth, respectively, former president and former president of Communications Workers of America Local 84555, each were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to six months in prison and three years of supervised release for embezzling funds in the amount of $19,197.02 from the Webberville, Mich. (near Lansing) union. They also were ordered to make full restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Each had pled guilty in February after being charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Michigan Local CWA President, Treasurer Plead Guilty to Embezzlement

Communications Workers logoOn February 21, James Killingsworth and Billie Jo Killingsworth, respectively, former president and treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84555, each pled guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of embezzling funds from the Webberville, Mich.-based union in the amount of $19,197.02. They previously had been charged in November. The charges and guilty pleas follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Ex-CWA President, Treasurer in Michigan Charged with Theft

Communications Workers logo On November 14, James Killingsworth and Billie Jo Killingsworth, respectively, former president and treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84555, were charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with aiding and abetting each other in the embezzlement of $19,197.02 in funds from the Webberville, Mich. (southeast of Lansing) union. The defendants allegedly made unauthorized ATM and cash withdrawals from the union bank account. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Minneapolis CWA Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

CWA logoOn November 14, Dennis Earley, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 87140, pleaded guilty in Hennepin County Court of Minnesota to theft by swindle of more than $5,000 from the Minneapolis-based union. He then was sentenced to 10 days in a work house and three years of probation, and ordered to pay a $500 fine. Earley had been charged in August. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

CWA Financial Secretary in Minnesota Charged with Theft

CWA logoOn August 6, Dennis Earley, former financial secretary of Communications Workers of America Local 87140, was charged with one count of theft in an amount greater than $5,000 from the Minneapolis-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

CWA President in Massachusetts Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

CWA logoOn July 31, Lynda Nordyke, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 1302, pleaded guilty in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Essex County District Court, to theft in the amount of $1,438 from the Lynn union. She then was sentenced to 30 days of probation and required to make full restitution. The plea and sentencing follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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