On June 27, Kimberly Steinhoff, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 87, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $12,751 from the Munising (Upper Peninsula)-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On June 21, Tamika Bullock, former secretary-treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 684, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on one count of embezzling $24,600 in funds from the Chesapeake-based union. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On June 22, Jeanette Willoughby, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2009, was charged in Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court with embezzling $2,487 in funds from the Garden City union. She then pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to a (suspended) one-year sentence. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 50 for the past year has been operating on tight leash imposed by union headquarters in Washington, D.C. Members now have a clearer idea why. On June 20, Scott and Nancy Alexander, respectively, former president and former office administrator of the Belleville, Ill.-based union, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for embezzlement and fraud related to the disappearance of thousands of dollars of union funds. The charges follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa had imposed a trusteeship on the local last July.
Scott Alexander was president of the 2,400-member Teamsters Local 50. His wife, Nancy, was office administrator of the union, located in Belleville, across the river from St. Louis, Mo. Their combined income was about $200,000 – until they, along with four other union officers, were replaced… Read More ➡
Arthur Boedecker, all things considered, got off pretty lightly. On June 20, Boedecker, former vice president of Utility Workers Union of America Local 270, pleaded guilty in the Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas to one count of aggravated theft from the Brooklyn Heights-based union. He then was sentenced to a jail term of three days and fined $500. Boedecker had been indicted last September for money laundering and six months earlier for receiving unauthorized payments from the union in the amount of $40,203. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Among union officials on the corruption radar screen, John T. Coli Sr. long has ranked among the most prominent. But the powerful Chicago-area Teamster boss’s luck finally appears to have run out. Last week, on July 12, Coli, now 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of extortion and one count of attempted extortion from a local film production company. During July 2016-April 2017, allege prosecutors, Coli (in photo, on right), as head of Teamsters Local 727, received cash payments from the firm totaling $100,000, threatening economic retaliation if the money was not forthcoming. By no coincidence, Coli announced his retirement from Teamster activity that day, though without mentioning the indictment. A bench warrant for his arrest has been issued, but the date of his arraignment has yet to be set.
Teamsters Local 727 is a longtime Coli family business, a reality that Union Corruption Update … Read More ➡
On June 20, Estes Evans, former treasurer of the Milwaukee-based International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP) Local R7-33, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin with one count of embezzlement of $44,446 and one count of filing a false financial report. IAEP is an affiliate of the National Association of Government Employees, itself part of the Service Employees International Union. The charges follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On June 19, Stephen Royer, former secretary-treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 243, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to stealing funds from the East Prospect (York County), Pa. union. He had been indicted this March on one count of embezzling $130,870 and four counts of filing false financial reports. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
In recent years, as Union Corruption Update has noted, the National Labor Relations Board might be called the National Organized Labor Relations Promotion Board. This assessment soon may need some revision. Last month, President Trump nominated Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel, each an experienced labor lawyer, to fill two vacancies at the normally five-member NLRB. The board is primed to revisit such contentious issues as the appropriate time frame of a union election campaign and the applicability of micro-unit bargaining. If approved, the nominees are likely to shift the NLRB back toward its traditional role of impartial arbiter and away from its current unofficial role of union partisan. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who will chair the hearings, has vowed to move quickly.
Given what he took, Francis Mazzella is lucky he’s not headed for prison. On June 7, Mazzella, a contractor with a collective bargaining agreement with Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, an affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to three years of probation and ordered to pay full restitution for defrauding the Queens-based union of more than $400,000 in scheduled benefits. He had pleaded guilty back in February 2012 to one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud. The actions follow a joint investigation by the IRS and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Metal Polishers Local 8A-28A, with roughly 1,400 members, had been beset with corruption for years. Former President Hector Lopez had been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and tax … Read More ➡