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 ➡

UAW Local Financial Secretary in Indiana Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On October 31, David Maddy, former financial secretary-treasurer of United Auto Workers Local 2339, pleaded guilty in Rush County, Indiana Circuit Court to embezzling $37,197 in funds from the Rushville union. He then was sentenced to 30 months in prison (suspended) and 30 months of probation, and ordered to pay residual restitution of $12,197, a $500 fine and $950 in court and probation costs. He then paid these sums. Maddy had been charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Glass Workers Secretary-Treasurer in Texas Pleads Guilty

On October 24, Norman Baker, former secretary-treasurer of Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Local 220, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to one count of embezzling $8,310 in funds from the Axtell (near Waco) union. He had been charged in September. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

BLET Treasurer in Illinois Sentenced for Embezzlement

On October 10, Thomas Miller, former financial secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 815, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to two years of supervised probation, the first three months of which must be served in home confinement. He also was ordered to pay $21,070 in restitution, a $2,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Miller had pleaded guilty on May 19 after being charged earlier that month with one count of embezzlement in the sum of $10,886. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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