AFGE President in Phoenix Sentenced for Wire Fraud

On November 7, Patrick Remigio, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2589, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to 18 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for committing wire fraud in the amount of $95,000 against the Phoenix-area union. He also will have to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Remigio had pleaded guilty in October 2016 after being indicted that January on eight counts of fraud and two counts of false record-keeping. The local represents U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The actions follow a joint investigation by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

President of North Carolina Steelworkers Local Charged with Theft

On November 7, Gordon Cairns, former president of United Steelworkers Local 1089, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina with one count of embezzling $63,999 in funds from the Harrisburg (Charlotte area), N.C.-based union. He also was accused of one count each of failing to maintain union records, making false statements and destroying records. Cairns was charged in South Carolina, his state of residence and the location of the alleged offenses. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

New Jersey Longshoreman Convicted in Ghost Worker Scheme

Paul Moe probably wishes he showed up for work more often. On October 31, Moe, a member of the International Longshoremen’s Association and a foreman for a shipping company at Port of Elizabeth, N.J., was convicted by a jury on all 14 counts of wire conspiracy related to a scam in which he collected a nearly $500,000 full-time salary for doing what amounted to part-time work for as few as eight hours a week. The jury had deliberated for two hours following a 10-day trial. Moe had been indicted in July. The actions follow a joint probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration, along with the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

According to prosecutors, Moe, 66, a resident of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., during September 2015-March 2017 was employed at Port Elizabeth to supervise the maintenance and … Read More ➡

Machinists Local Treasurer in Pennsylvania Sentenced for Theft

On October 31, Stephen Royer, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 243, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to a year and a day in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling $130,870 from the East Prospect (York County), Pa.-based union. He had pleaded guilty in June after being indicted in March. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Indiana Letter Carriers Local Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 30, Fenna Saylors, former treasurer of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 378, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to two years of probation and ordered to pay $6,050 in residual restitution and $100 special assessment for embezzling funds from the Marion, Ind.-based union. She had pleaded guilty in March to embezzling $16,647. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

SEIU Officials Accused of Sexual Abuse; Forced Out

The allegations of sexual harassment may or may not be true. But there’s no disputing that the ranks of the Service Employees International Union are getting thinner. Over the last few weeks, the SEIU announced the resignation, suspension or termination of four labor lotharios: Executive Vice President Scott Courtney; principal organizer Kendall Fells; Chicago organizer Caleb Jennings; and Detroit organizer Mark Raleigh. More such moves may lie ahead. “These personnel actions are the culmination of this stage of the investigation which brought to light the serious problems related to abusive behavior towards staff, predominantly female staff,” stated union spokesperson Sahar Wali in an email. In the context of similar accusations in the worlds of politics, publishing and film, the story has added significance.

Females are a growing part of organized labor in this country. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they now account for more than 45 percent of Read More ➡

Security Employees Local Treasurer in Ohio Charged

On October 24, Elizabeth Merrill, former treasurer of United Government Security Officers of America Local 251, was indicted in Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas with forgery and theft in the disappearance of $1,051 in funds from the Cincinnati-based union. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Northern Illinois Contractor Pleads Guilty to Benefit, Tax Scams

Thomas Manning thought that neither his employees nor the federal government wouldn’t notice their shortfall. He turned out to be wrong. On October 16, Manning, president of a now-defunct Chicago-area concrete contracting firm, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to defrauding union benefit plans out of about $2 million in scheduled contributions and evading another $600,000 in federal payroll taxes. He had been indicted on 27 counts back in March 2015. The workers who had been denied benefits were represented by locals of the Laborers and Cement Masons unions.

Manning, now 60, was president of T. Manning Concrete Inc., based in the outer northwest Chicago suburb of Huntley, Ill. His company had been bound by various collective bargaining agreements to submit monthly reports to union-sponsored benefit plans stating the number of hours each employee worked and to make contributions reflecting these hours. According to Read More ➡

Philadelphia IUPAT Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On October 30, Carl DeRenzis, former treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1955, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of embezzling funds from the Philadelphia union in the amount of $53,281. The plea follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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