On July 17, Ashley Cline, former office manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 155, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho to four years of probation and ordered to pay $30,776 in restitution and a $1,000 fine for wire fraud against the Idaho Falls union. She had pleaded guilty in January immediately after being indicted. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
For nearly a half-decade Michael Lackey enhanced his lifestyle by taking from the union till. Over the next year, he’ll be downsizing. On July 13, Lackey, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 3901, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to a year and a day in prison, and three years of supervised probation, for his theft of $69,193 in funds from the Oxford, Ala.-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. Lackey had been indicted last November, and pleaded guilty this January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. He is set to report to prison on September 11.
Michael Lackey, now 44, a resident of Bremen, Ga., was elected Local 3901 president in October 2008. According to federal prosecutors, he did more than manage union funds. Starting in February 2010, he conducted … Read More ➡
For David Sager, it was a reasonable tradeoff. Put another way, he could have done worse. On June 30, Sager, formerly president of United Steelworkers Local 5000, pleaded guilty in Cleveland federal court to one charge each of obstruction of justice, making false statements to law enforcement, and filing a false tax return. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop 29 other charges, mostly related to his embezzling over $180,000 in funds from the Middleburg, Ohio union and extracting over $200,000 in payments from unionized Great Lakes shipping companies in exchange for his assurance that he would go easy on them come contract renewal time. Sager had been indicted last September and this April. The actions follow a probe by the IRS and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
On July 11, Jeffrey Davies, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 183, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to one year in prison and three years of probation for embezzling funds from the Anchorage-based union. He also was ordered to pay $92,766 in restitution and a $100 fine. Davies had pleaded guilty in June 2016 after being indicted on one count of embezzlement in December 2015. The union represents employees of the Alaska Railroad, a state-chartered and owned corporation. The actions follow a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
It’s a good thing that International Association of Machinists Local S6 is insured. Otherwise, it might not be able to recover from losses created by Ryan Jones. Last week, Jones, former Local S6 secretary-treasurer, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Maine for embezzling more than $280,000 in funds over a four-and-a-half-year period from the union, which represents workers at the Bath Iron Works shipbuilding complex. The indictment follows a joint investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Labor. If convicted, Jones faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Bath Iron Works (BIW), located along the Kennebec River in Bath, Maine, is one of the nation’s largest shipbuilders. A subsidiary of General Dynamics since 1995, BIW is the fifth-largest employer in the state. As many of its 6,000 employees are unionized, that translates into a sizable pot of member dues. Ryan … Read More ➡
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 has a well-earned reputation as the bad boys of Boston-area organized labor. Indeed, the union has few peers anywhere when it comes to intimidation. A Boston federal jury last Thursday finished hearing several days of testimony in the case of four local members accused of terrorizing Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, and other members of the popular reality TV show’s nonunion production crew, back in June 2014 for crossing a picket line. The incident occurred outside a restaurant where a segment was to be filmed. Lakshmi testified on Monday that she was “petrified” and “paralyzed with fear.” Evidence indicates this “picket line,” contrary to union assertions, was a shakedown. A fifth Local 25 member already had been sentenced in December. Verdicts are expected soon.
Teamsters Local 25, based in Charlestown (Boston), Mass., has been on the Union Corruption Update radar screen for … Read More ➡
On July 6, Fonda White, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2390, was indicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George County, Maryland (suburban Washington, D.C.) on one count of theft of property with a value of at least $10,000 but less than $100,000, one count of embezzlement, and two counts of theft of property with a value of more than $1,000 but less than $10,000 from the Maugansville (near Hagerstown), Md. union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
With a certain reluctance, Chrysler Corporation accepted the Obama administration’s forcible transfer in 2009 of company stock to the United Auto Workers. The Auburn Hills, Mich.-based automaker now is feeling an aftershock. On July 26, Alphons Iacobelli, the company’s former labor negotiator, and Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for defrauding the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center of at least $1.2 million and likely much more. Prosecutors allege Iacobelli, who left Chrysler in 2015, wrote numerous checks from a center bank account to a shady nonprofit controlled by Holiefield, whose wife used much of the pilfered funds to finance her own enterprises and shopping sprees. Iacobelli and Morgan have pleaded not guilty. Another ex-Chrysler official, Jerome Durden, was charged separately and pleaded guilty yesterday.
Those who follow the U.S. auto industry remember all too well … Read More ➡
On July 7, Jay Roy, former secretary-treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) Local 1245 – Transportation Division, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to two months in prison and two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Locust Grove, Ga.-based union, and was ordered to pay $83,417 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment. Roy had pleaded in March to one count of theft in the amount of $2,125, though he had stolen far more. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Sometimes the U.S. Department of Labor has to investigate its own employees for union corruption. That’s why Lon Sullivan is now an ex-employee. On June 28, Sullivan, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 644, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for wire fraud against the Baltimore union. He also was ordered to pay $59,809 in residual restitution, having already paid $37,000. Sullivan, a Delaware resident who had worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, had pleaded guilty in February immediately after being charged. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡