Delaware Financial Secretary Indicted for Embezzlement

On October 23, Stephen Priest, former financial secretary for United Auto Workers Local 1516, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on 12 counts of embezzling funds from his union in the amount of $97,899.19.  Federal prosecutors charge that during September 2005-May 2006 Priest wrote himself 57 unauthorized checks, forging the signature of the union president.  He also allegedly wrote checks to pay personal bills.  The local represents workers at the Johnson Controls battery manufacturing plant in Middletown, Del.  The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  (Associated Press, 10/31/07; OLMS, 11/10/07).


Financial Secretary in Michigan Sentenced for False Statements

On October 24, Willie Haynes, former financial secretary for UAW Local 362, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one year of probation for willfully