On July 16, Jeffrey Beresford, former business manager and financial secretary of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 83, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia to one year of probation and ordered to pay $4,507 in restitution and a $25 special assessment for falsifying records of the Wheeling-based local in connection with theft. Two days later, he paid full restitution. Beresford had pled guilty in April. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 30, Charles Rocha, former national political director for the United Steelworkers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to two years of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $2,000 for embezzling funds from union headquarters in Pittsburgh. He previously had made restitution in the amount of $12,449. Rocha had been indicted last September and pleaded guilty this past March. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 29, Jacquelyn Pugh-Rodgers, former vice president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2107, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three years probation, six months of which would be in community confinement, for mail fraud. She also was ordered to pay $35,663 in restitution and a special assessment of $100. AFGE Local 2107 is based in North Chicago, Ill. (Lake County) and represents employees of the North Chicago VA Medical Center. Pugh-Rodgers had pleaded guilty in March after being indicted with two other local members, James Charleston and Mary Craigen, in July 2012 on two counts of mail fraud and one count of embezzlement. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 15, Kristine Stephens, former administrative assistant and bookkeeper for Local 567 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to 10 months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, five years of probation and 100 hours of community service for embezzling funds from the Sparks-based union. She also was ordered to pay $81,564 in restitution and a $100 assessment. Stephens had pleaded guilty in March after being charged last November. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 12, Sofia Gonzalez, former bookkeeper for Service Employees International Union Local 925, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to five years of probation for embezzling $40,087 from the Seattle-based union. She also was ordered to pay full restitution. Gonzalez, who had worked in the local’s Vancouver, Wash. office, had been charged in February and pleaded guilty in April. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
Thomas Perez is the nation’s newest Secretary of Labor. And given his track record of political radicalism, this ought to be more than a little troubling. Perez insists he will be even-handed in his enforcement of the law. That commitment is getting an early test. On July 23, the day of Perez’s swearing-in ceremony, two key House Republicans, John Kline (Minn.) and Phil Roe (Tenn.), wrote Perez a letter asking him to clarify the legal status of nonprofit ‘worker centers‘ that are proliferating throughout the country. Because these nonunion organizations mimic the behavior of unions, the letter stated, they ought to be subject to laws that govern unions, especially with respect to financial disclosure. Perez has yet to respond. Given that worker centers often operate as union fronts, a response would seem all the more imperative.
For years the Obama Administration maintained that they had no significant involvement in the day to day operations at General Motors as the company was guided through a taxpayer-funded bankruptcy process. A report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) now sheds light on the process and confirms that the Administration did, in fact, drive decisions at GM. One such decision saw GM provide taxpayer funds to “top-off” pensions for politically-favored UAW retirees at Delphi while non-union retirees lost the majority of their benefits. Treasury officials previously denied any involvement in the actions.
The non-union retirees at Delphi have been trying to get their story heard for years. The Chair for the Delphi Salaried Retirees, Dennis Black, offered the following statement regarding the SIGTARP report, “SIGTARP’s finding that Treasury was greatly involved in the involuntary termination of our pension plan legitimizes our request that Treasury … Read More ➡
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has announced that it has served Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew a subpoena to obtain records relating to the Delphi retirees’ pension scandal. Up to this point, the Obama Administration has stonewalled attempts by Congress to get an explanation on why Treasury seemed to be involved in orchestrating preferential treatment for unionized retirees over non-union retirees at Delphi during General Motors’ bankruptcy process.
An article at Vindy.com reports that the Obama Administration’s lack of cooperation regarding the Delphi case for the past three and a half years has left the Oversight Committee no choice but to subpoena the documents from Treasury. Here is a full explanation from the piece:
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“Congress has made repeated requests with the Treasury for what lawyers representing the salaried retirees estimate could be as many as 30,000 documents that could help determine why they saw their pensions slashed by more
On July 24, J.D. Richey, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Lodge 3025, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana with embezzling funds in an unspecified amount from the Fort Wayne union. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡
On July 23, Robert Davis, former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 644, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois for embezzlement of $27,712 in funds from the Galesburg union. BLET is a Teamsters affiliate. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡