On July 21, Simiel Campbell, former president of Transport Workers Union Local 2014, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three years of probation for making false statements in financial reporting forms of the Chicago-based union. He also was ordered to pay $11,700 in restitution and a $25 special assessment, plus serve 80 hours of community service. Campbell pleaded guilty this March after being indicted in December 2013 for embezzling $19,433 in union funds. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Scot McNamara liked the Caribbean. Unfortunately, his travel there didn’t have anything to do with union business. On July 20, McNamara, former financial secretary for International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 34, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on four counts of embezzling a combined $7,761 in funds from the St. Paul-based union. On the following day, July 21, Keith Christopherson, former local business manager, was charged in a one-count information with embezzling $2,081 from the union, which represents about 450 workers. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
McNamara, now 56, a resident of Cottage Grove, Minn., served as Local 34 financial secretary from December 2007 to December 2012, when he lost his re-election bid. According to federal prosecutors, he cashed in union-owned Visa reward points in exchange for personal expenses, including $1,900 in gasoline … Read More ➡
On July 18, Roy Murray, former president of Transport Workers Union Local 2014, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, was charged in an information count with making a false entry into financial records of the Chicago-based union. The charge follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 18, Jerry Conner, former president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 279, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central Region of Illinois to one year of probation, fined $2,500 and ordered to pay $26,009 in restitution for falsifying financial records of the Decatur, Ill.-based union. He had pleaded guilty in February to a one-count information. Teamster General President James P. Hoffa back in June 2013 had replaced Conner with a trustee. The actions follow a joint investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
William Bryles spent money on people he liked. Unfortunately, the source of the funds appeared to be his own union. On August 17, Bryles, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2406, was arrested for embezzling more than $15,000 from the Oklahoma City public employees union. Various witnesses have claimed he used union accounts to cover personal expenses ranging from basketball tournaments to flowers for his wife. “Bryles has engaged in a pattern of abuse of his powers as president of AFSCME Local 2406 and has used union funds for his own profit,” reported Oklahoma City police detective Clint Dellinger to a local judge in requesting the arrest warrant.
This case grew out of an unrelated and more disturbing one. According to court records, Bryles, now 53, a resident of Oklahoma City, had been investigated by local police starting last September in response to an allegation … Read More ➡
On July 14, Kenneth Potter, former treasurer of the South Dakota chapter of National Staff Organization, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota to one count of concealment of thefts in financial records of the Pierre, S.D.-based union. He then was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to undergo credit counseling. Previously he had paid $4,130 in restitution. Potter had been charged in an information count in April with concealment. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 14, Bernadine Bell, former treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 757, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of embezzling about $73,000 in funds from the Detroit union. She had been charged in June. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡
Jeffrey Magelitz served as a clinical counselor to state prison inmates. Unfortunately, he may wind up being an inmate somewhere else. On August 17, Magelitz, former treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 415, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to embezzling more than $30,000 in union dues and to concealing the thefts in financial reports. He had been indicted last November following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Sentencing is scheduled for December 7. He faces up to six years in prison.
Magelitz, now in his mid-40s, a resident of Chester (Randolph County), Ill., for some 18 years had provided inmates at the Vienna Correctional Center in Vienna (Johnson County), Ill. with counseling services for their problems. He also had a problem of his own: He and his wife were about $225,000 in debt, … Read More ➡
Putting David Fleury in charge of union finances proved to be a mistake. Getting members their money back may turn out to be an even bigger challenge. On August 9, Fleury, former president of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 6, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to embezzling roughly $300,000 in funds from the Rockford, Ill.-based union. He had been charged on July 15 following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. His sentencing is set for December 15, when he faces up to five years in prison and a restitution order.
Fleury, now 49, a resident of Rockford, headed Local 6 during January 2011-May 2015. Prosecutors had alleged that he used his office for much of that period to line his pockets. He diverted fully 153 electronic paycheck deposits totaling $284,286 into an account he controlled. … Read More ➡
It began at the fringes. And almost at warp speed, the campaign for a $15 an hour federal minimum wage has taken center stage. The Democratic Party has made it part of its platform. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton supports it. Her intraparty rival, Bernie Sanders, has sponsored a bill to achieve it. Cities such as Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C., plus the states of California and New York, have passed laws to phase it in. Heavily promoted by organized labor, supporters insist a $15 an hour minimum is way overdue. The current $7.25 an hour, they say, has not kept pace with the cost of living, driving many Americans into poverty. This claim is way off-base. And their legislation, if fully realized, would leave a trail of frustrated job seekers and shuttered businesses. In some places, this already has begun to happen.
National Legal and Policy Center described at … Read More ➡