William C. Miller

D.C. Local Gets Clean Bill of Health from Parent Union

Closure at last could be at hand in the Washington, D.C. teachers’ union scandal.  The parent organization of the Washington Teachers Union, the American Federation of Teachers, recently announced that local officials had fixed certain problems cited by the Department of Labor in the WTU’s 2005 financial report.  A spokesperson for the AFT called the few remaining problems “routine technical shortcomings.”  The action is unrelated to a complaint the DOL filed in February over allegations of irregularities in the local election of more than a year ago.  (Washington Times, 3/13/06).      


Indicted Ohio Union Boss on the Run

Allan Spates failed to show up at the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Nor. Dist. for Ohio on Jan. 12 for a scheduled hearing, and a judge has ordered his arrest on charges on union embezzlement.  The frmr. president of Local 5-1250 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Wrkrs. union (PACE) was indicted last Dec. for embezzling nearly $30,000 and falsifying union records to hide his alleged theft.  According to U.S. Marshall Pete Elliott, His Cleveland home is empty except for some children's toys in the back yard.  Spates is married and has five children.  He is being sought on a new charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.  His wife was an employee of the Cleveland Plain Dealer until her resignation on Jan. 23.  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2/6/04]


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