International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB)

Boilermakers Bookkeeper in Indiana Sentenced for Theft

Boilermaker at workOn May 14, Karen Stone, former bookkeeper for International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local Lodge 374, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to one year of probation for embezzling $9,170 in funds from the Hammond-based local. She also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 assessment. Stone had pleaded guilty on February 7 upon being charged. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Boilermakers Bookkeeper in Indiana Charged with Embezzlement

BoilermakerOn 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.

Office Manager of Boilermakers Training Fund Sentenced for $400K+ Embezzlement

Boilermaker at workThe 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. 

Boilermakers Secretary-Treasurer of Kansas Local Charged

On January 10, Stephanie Johnson, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 465D, was charged in the Oklahoma County Court for District 7 with one count of forgery from the Kansas City, Kan. union. A warrant subsequently was issued for her arrest. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Boilermakers Training Fund Manager Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Boilermaker at workEmployees at International Brotherhood of Boilermakers headquarters in Kansas City, Kansas are lavishly compensated even by the standards of free-spending unions. Yet one of those employees, Angela Heninger, couldn't resist the compulsion to steal. On August 22, Heninger, sales and marketing director/office manager for a Boilermakers benefit fund called Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization and Training Trust, or MOST, pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Kan. federal court to a superseding information count of embezzlement. She originally had been charged in April with one count of embezzlement, six counts of wire fraud, and five counts of bank fraud totaling about $50,000. Her true take was likely much higher.

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

Top Ten logoThe increasing overlap of labor and political activism is an insidious form of public corruption in this country. It enables union officials to deemphasize their role of representing workers at the bargaining table in favor of advocating policies to socialize the economy, building incestuous relationships with politicians, and fattening their bank accounts. This tendency was heavily felt in 2012, a presidential election year. Union leaders recognized the need to re-elect their ally and benefactor, President Barack Obama, over someone who was a wealthy Republican with a strong business background; i.e., someone they truly could despise. They got what they wanted. In the process, they further built a political infrastructure. Yet union leaders also experienced reversals of fortune at the state level - most of all, in Michigan - where they had been used to getting their way.

Boilermakers Bosses Receive Excessive Salaries, Benefits

Six-figure salaries, questionable consulting fees and lavish getaway vacations aren't exactly unknown in the upper reaches of organized labor. But officials of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers (IBB), have been taking these and other perks to a new level. That's the conclusion of an exhaustive investigative report published in the Kansas City Star on Sunday, May 13. The author, Judy Thomas, spent many months combing through IBB financial reports and tax returns. Family members of Boilermakers President Newton Jones and other officials have been making out especially well. The Kansas City, Kan.-based union defends its spending and hiring practices, arguing that it operates within the bounds of the law and economic necessity. Yet a number of dues-paying members have a different view.

Louisiana Boilermakers Former Local President Sentenced

On July 14, Charles Fleming, former president of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 1814, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to two years probation for making false entries in financial records of the Bridge City, La.-based union to cover embezzlement. He also was ordered to pay $1,190.83 in restitution, a $3,000 fine and a $25 special assessment. The current local president, Christopher Burnett, pleaded guilty in September to a similar offense. The sentencing follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Louisiana Boilermakers Local President Sentenced

On September 28, Christopher Burnett, president of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 1814, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to two years probation for making false entries in records of the Bridge City, La. union. He also was ordered to pay $410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment.  Burnett pleaded guilty in July. The guilty plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Louisiana Boilermakers President Charged with Records Fraud

On May 17, Christopher Burnett, president of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Lodge 1814, was charged in an information count in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with making false entries in the records of the Bridge City union. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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