Machinists Secretary in Pennsylvania Indicted for Embezzlement

On March 1, Stephen Royer, former secretary-treasurer for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 243, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on one count of embezzling $130,870 in funds from the East Prospect, Pa. (York County)-based union and four counts of filing false financial reports.  The five-count indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

South Carolina Boeing Workers Reject Machinists Union Representation

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has never lacked for persistence.  But after more than seven years of trying to organize workers at the Boeing assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., it has little choice right now but to lay low.  On February 15, three-fourths of the employees at the facility, which builds the Boeing Dreamliner 787 commercial jet, voted against union representation.  The vote also represents a rebuke to the National Labor Relations Board, which back in December 2011 dropped an Unfair Labor Practices complaint against the company in the wake of an IAM victory in contract talks.  Significantly, the vote came one day before a visit by President Donald Trump, who has made domestic manufacturing a top priority issue.

Union Corruption Update covered this test of wills more than once in 2011, explaining the implications of the South Carolina situation for labor-management relations throughout …

Machinists Secretary in Oklahoma Charged; Pleads Guilty

On January 12, Kathleen Smith, former financial-treasurer of International Association of Machinists Lodge 850 and the Oklahoma State Council of Machinists, both based in Oklahoma City, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma with one count of embezzling $18,658 in union funds.  She then pleaded guilty.  The charge and plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Machinists Treasurer in Illinois Sentenced for $500K+ in Thefts

machinists-logo_0On July 28, Raul Mascote, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2458, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release for embezzling $62,263 in funds from the Minooka (near Joliet), Ill.-based union, a sum for which he since has made restitution.  In addition, he was ordered to pay $510,973 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  He had pleaded guilty in April after admitting that he had stolen, or otherwise converted to his own use without authorization, $510,973 of U.S. government-owned machine parts, Tungsten steel and copper.  The $500,000-plus sum had not been reflected in the original July 2015 charge.  The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General.…

Los Angeles-Area Machinists Financial Secretary Sentenced

machinists-logo_0On 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.…

Illinois Machinists Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft

machinists-logo_0Raul Mascote is a good example of the expression, “There’s a lot more where that came from.”  On April 14, Mascote, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 2458, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one count of embezzling funds in the amount of $62,263 from the Minooka (near Joliet)-based union.  He had been charged last July following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Inspector General.  Prosecutors had alleged Mascote knowingly had converted $510,973 worth of U.S.-government property to his personal use.  This latter sum was not reflected in the original charge.  However, pursuant to federal guidelines, it will be considered in determining his sentence.…

Southern California Machinists Treasurer Charged; Pleads Guilty

machinists-logo_0On March 30, Oscar Luevano, former financial secretary-treasurer of Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge 5050, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to embezzling $132,939 in funds from the Covina (Los Angeles County)-based union.  He had been charged five days earlier.  TCU is an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Machinists Local Secretary-Treasurer in Illinois Charged

machinists-logo_0On July 9, Raul Mascote, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 2458, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois with one count of embezzling $62,263 in funds from the Minooka, Ill. (near Joliet) union.  The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

Louisiana Federal Employees President, Secretary Plead Guilty; Sentenced

NFFE logoJustice in labor corruption cases can work very speedily.  Maxine Davis and Shirley Johns found out the hard way.  On July 27, Davis, former president of National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) Local 1953, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to making false statements in union financial records immediately after being charged.  Three days later, on July 30, she was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.  She already had paid $4,875 in restitution.  Davis was in good company.  On July 14, Shirley Johns, former secretary-treasurer of NFFE Local 1953, was charged in the same court with making false statements.  On July 17, she pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.  Johns already had paid $7,190 in restitution.

The National Federation of Federal Employees is an affiliate of the International …

Machinists District Business Agent in Minnesota Sentenced

Machinists logoOn May 2, James Kiser, former directing business representative for International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 165, was sentenced in Stearns County (Minn.) Court to five years of probation and 30 days in jail, with credit for one day served, for theft in the amount of roughly $5,920 from the St. Cloud union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $50 fine. He had pleaded guilty in March after being charged in December 2012. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.…

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