Arkansas IBEW President-Business Manager Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

IBEW logoThe promotion was nice, but it couldn’t save Clinton Humphrey from being caught.  On January 26, Humphrey, formerly president-business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 386, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas with embezzling $51,811.70 in funds from the Texarkana, Ark.-based union.  He then pleaded guilty.  The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Court records show that Humphrey, now 43, during the period March 2010-November 2014 used his union credit card and checking accounts to buy items for his personal use.  He had served as secretary-treasurer of Local 386 since 2009, but during mid-2014 he took over as president and business manager.  His tenure in his latter posts would be brief.  Humphrey faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, but given his guilty plea, he’s likely to be … Read More ➡

Postal Workers Treasurer in South Dakota Pleads Guilty

postal-workers-logoFor nearly four years, Susan Haugen saw her union as a private bank.  Now she’s likely to spend some time in a public prison.  On January 26, Haugen, former treasurer of the state affiliate of the American Postal Workers Union, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of South Dakota to one count of embezzlement of funds in the amount of $30,782 from the Huron, S.D.-based union.  She had been indicted in November 2014 on three counts of stealing a combined more than $36,000 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Haugen, currently age 56 or 57, during May 2010-March 2014 had made slightly more than $25,000 in unauthorized cash withdrawals from the union bank account.  She also had used the union credit and debit cards to cover roughly another $11,000 in unauthorized personal expenses.  No sentencing date yet … Read More ➡

Cleveland Plumbers Office Secretary Sentenced for Theft

plumbers-union-logoOn January 19, Heather Banhidy, former office secretary for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 120, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to two years of probation and 50 hours of community service for embezzling $13,906 from the Cleveland union.  She also was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment on top of the full restitution which she already had made.  Banhidy had pleaded guilty in October following her indictment in August.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Illinois Maintenance of Way Secretary Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On January 15, Joshua Lewis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division Lodge 212, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for making false statements in financial records of the Gillespie (Macoupin County), Ill.-based union. He then was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $25 social assessment. Lewis had been indicted in November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

West Virginia Enacts Right to Work Law over Governor’s Veto

New River Gorge Suspension Bridge, West VirginiaThe Right to Work juggernaut continues to roll in seemingly unlikely places.  On Friday, February 12, West Virginia Republican lawmakers overrode a veto by Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to pass legislation barring unions from forcing employers to fire workers who decline to pay dues.  The votes, 55-43 in the House of Delegates and 18-16 in the Senate – only a simple majority is required for a veto – make West Virginia the 26th state with such a law.  The measure had been introduced only a month earlier.  Mark Mix, president of the Springfield, Va.-based National Right to Work Committee, commented after the vote:  “Now, more than half of the states have enacted Right to Work laws to protect workers’ fundamental right to freedom of association.”  The state’s unions have a different view.

Organized labor resolutely has opposed the Right to Work principle for decades.  And it’s little wonder.  … Read More ➡

New Hampshire Nuclear Plant Security Steward Sentenced

Seabrook nuclear power plantOn January 12, Gregory Paradis, former chief steward of United Federation of Special Police and Security Officers Local 501, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire to two years of probation for embezzling $13,493 in funds from the Seabrook, N.H. union.  He also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Paradis had pled guilty in October after being charged in August.  The union represents security workers at the Seabrook nuclear power plant.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former AFGE Local President in Michigan Sentenced

On January 5, Edward Mason, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2274, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to two years of probation and ordered to pay $21,077 in restitution and a $25 special assessment for making false statements in the financial records of the Saginaw union.  He had pleaded guilty in September.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

Security Officers Treasurer in Colorado Sentenced

UGSOA logoOn January 5, Christopher Headlee, former treasurer of United Government Security Officers of America Local 50, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to one year of probation, and ordered to pay residual restitution in the amount of $1,947 (he previously paid $9,000) and a $25 special assessment, for falsifying financial data in a report submitted by the Durango-based union.  He had pleaded guilty last October.  The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Southern Illinois Laborers Local Bookkeeper Sentenced

On January 7, Carolyn Hall, former bookkeeper for Laborers International Union of North America Local 1197, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100 assessment for embezzling $26,491 in funds from the McLeansboro (Hamilton County), Ill.-based union.  She had pleaded guilty last August after being charged that April.  Hall previously had made full restitution.  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡