United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBC)

Former Carpenters Local Secretary in Louisiana Pleads Guilty

Carpenters logoOn March 12, Jeanine Breaux, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 1846, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to embezzling funds in an unspecified sum from the Metairie, La. union. She had been charged in February. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Oklahoma Carpenters Secretary Sentenced for Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn February 5, Angela Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 943, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to six years of probation and ordered to pay $23,015 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Tulsa union. She had been indicted last September and pleaded guilty in November to stealing a reported $13,015. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

New Orleans-Area Carpenters Secretary Charged with Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn February 3, Jeanine Breaux, former secretary-bookkeeper for United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1846, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana with one count of embezzlement of funds in an unspecified amount from the Metairie-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Office Secretary for Oklahoma Carpenters Local Pleads Guilty

Carpenters logoOn November 5, Angela Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 943, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to embezzlement of $13,015 in funds from the Tulsa-based union. She had been indicted in September. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Oklahoma Carpenters Secretary Indicted for Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn September 3, Angela Webster, former office secretary for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 943, was indicted U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma for embezzling $13,015 in funds from the Tulsa-based union. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Office Manager of Carpenters Local in Oregon Sentenced

Carpenters logoOn August 21, Dawn Carson, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 247, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon to five years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $5,509 for embezzling funds from the Portland union. She had been charged with stealing $6,900 in early March, and pleaded guilty later that month. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Carpenters Local Secretary-Treasurer in Massachusetts Indicted

Carpenters logoOn March 15, James Dalton, former executive secretary-treasurer of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Northeast Regional Council of Millrights, was indicted in the Trial Court of Massachusetts, BMC Department, on one count of larceny totaling $15,297 from the union, which is based in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The indictment follows an investigation by the Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Carpenters Office Manager in Oregon Charged with Embezzlement

Carpenters logoOn March 1, Dawn Carson, former office manager for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 247, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon with one count of embezzling $6,900 in funds from the Portland union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Philadelphia Construction Unions Terrorize Builders, Workers

Union goon assault in Philadelphia When it comes to intimidation in the pursuit of economic interest, organized labor long has been a master of the art. Such behavior is especially noxious and costly among construction unions. This past Monday through Wednesday, February 11-13, National Review Online published three articles under the title "Goon City" - here, here and here - on how Philadelphia's construction unions are imposing their brand of justice on open-shop contractors, workers and project sites. Assault, threats, harassment, vandalism, and arson are simply ways of doing business. Union bosses and their lawyers rationalize this behavior. Victims usually don't publicly complain about it. And the city council has every incentive to wink at it. The three-part series brings home with force the reality that union violence, in Philadelphia and elsewhere, is hardly "a thing of the past."

Philadelphia Carpenters Local Business Agent Sentenced for Theft

Carpenters logoOn October 2, Victor Rovani III, former business representative for United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 454, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to three years of probation, including one year of home confinement, for embezzling funds from the Philadelphia union in the amount of $8,322. He also was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine to be paid in $100 monthly installments and a special assessment of $300. Rovani previously had paid restitution. He pled guilty in April. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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