Chicago Election Results Thrown Out due to Ballot Problems

A canvassing cmte. of the Chic. Tchrs. Union declared null and void the June 11 election in which special ed. tchr. Marilyn Stewart beat incumbent Deborah Lynch by 560 votes.  The cmte. acted after receiving a report from the Amer. Arbitration Assn.  CTU attny. Mildred Haggerty identified 3 problems with the balloting.  More than 600 fewer ballots were returned by voting tchrs. than were sent out.  More than 180 tchrs. at 95 schools, absent the day of the election, were recorded as voting.  And about 25 signatures on ballots didn’t match signatures from an earlier election.  The rerun election probably won’t be able to done until tchrs. return to school this Fall.  And Stewart has already fired 13 officials who served under Lynch. [Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, 6/30/04]


Ex-Fin. Secy. Charged in Ohio Fed. Court

On June 23, 2004,

DOL Receives Evidence of Embezzlement from Oregon Union

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has received evidence that a union member embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from a Corvallis union, possibly with the knowledge of local officials.  Officials with the United Bhd. of Carpenters suspended the hierarchy of Local 1094 in Feb. of this yr., after a local officer contacted the Intl., and began an investigation.  Once their audit was completed, UBC officials turned over their findings to the DOL, which is now conducting its own investigation.  According to the UBC auditors, tens of thousands of dollars in membership dues are missing.  Michael V. Draper, Vice-Pres. of the UBC Western Region, said that a single non-officer is suspected of the theft, but possibly with the knowledge of local 1094 officials. [Corvallis Gazette-Times, 3/17/04, 4/23/04]


Ex-President Charged with Embezzlement in Miss. Fed. Court

On April 6, 2004, in the

Ex-La. President Pleads Guilty to Union Records Offense

On December 9, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of La., James Robinson, frmr. president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101, pled guilty to a one count information charging him with failing to maintain union records. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the New Orleans District Office of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS, 12/18/03]


Ex-Bookkeeper Sentenced for Embezzlement in NJ Federal Court

On December 4, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Percella Roper, former bookkeeper for Transport Workers (TWU) Local 234, was sentenced to six months home confinement and five years probation for embezzlement and aiding and abetting.  She was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $98,132 which will come from her union pension, including a $20,000 payment to be received by the court within five days of the sentencing.