Northern California Teachers Union Local Treasurer Arrested

nea-logoOn May 9, Ronda Mackey-Fish, treasurer for the Redding Service Center Council, was arrested for embezzling more than $18,000 from the union, an affiliate of the California Teachers Association, which in turn is an affiliate of the National Education Association. The council had contacted police regarding a possible theft. Following an investigation, the authorities determined that Mackey-Fish, 54, a resident of Anderson, Calif., had stolen the money. She was booked at the Shasta County jail and was held on $25,000 bail.… Read More ➡

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AFGE Local Secretary-Treasurer in Cincinnati Pleads Guilty

On May 28, Cynthia Yancey, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3840, pleaded guilty in the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas to misdemeanor theft from the Cincinnati-based union. She then was ordered to pay court costs. Yancey previously had made restitution in the amount of $4,255 after being indicted on April 8. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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Upstate New York Steelworkers Financial Secretary Pleads Guilty

steelworkers-logoOn May 22, William Mochrie, former financial secretary for United Steelworkers Local 28, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York to making false entries in records of the Castleton, N.Y. (near Albany) union. He has agreed to make restitution in the amount of $13,763.05. Mochrie had been charged on May 8. The charge and guilty plea follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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Steelworkers Secretary-Treasurer in Tennessee Sentenced for Theft

On May 21, Clarence Howard, former Secretary-Treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 789, pleaded guilty in the Criminal Court for Hamilton County, Tennessee to one count of theft of property in an amount of over $1,000 from the Chattanooga union. He then was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $26.50 fine. Howard had been indicted last December. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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SEIU Joins Protests Against New GOP-Controlled North Carolina

George Gresham photoA series of puny protests against the now Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly and governorship were perpetuated the last few months thanks to coverage by a compliant local media, but now threatens to grow as liberal groups from outside the state ship in additional forces.

With previously powerful NC Democrats now shunted to the sidelines, Republican political leaders have undertaken ambitious overhauls including the reduction of unemployment benefits, tax reforms, budgeting changes, voter ID, elections adjustments, and health care. Especially drawing liberal ire was the refusal to expand the Medicaid rolls because North Carolina’s system is wasteful and broken, and because the federal government only promised support for a few years before the state would have to bear a greater burden.

This week’s demonstration was the largest yet, drawing an estimated 1,000, which still isn’t much in a state of 9 million people. When you also consider the legislative building … Read More ➡

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Treasury and UAW Hand in Hand on GM Offering

It looks like the Obama Administration and the UAW are again working hand in hand as the two entities are coordinating on an offering of a total of 50 million General Motors shares. Treasury is planning on selling 30 million shares as the UAW’s VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association) Trust will sell 20 million shares. The VEBA Trust was formed to cover retiree’s medical benefits for the UAW and received about a 17.5% ownership stake in GM as part of the 2009 bankruptcy process.

The VEBA Trust was formed as part of GM’s negotiations with the UAW back in 2007, well before the GM bankruptcy. The UAW agreed to take responsibility for health care costs for retirees in exchange for GM funding the VEBA account to the tune of about $30 billion. The only problem was that GM didn’t have the cash flow to fund the account. The VEBA deal … Read More ➡

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Plumbers Business Manager, Wife Sentenced for Thefts from Northern California Local

plumberreduced_7On May 17, Robert Carr, former financial secretary and business manager for United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 228, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to 30 months in prison for embezzling union funds. That same day, his wife, Theresa Ann Carr, was sentenced to three months in prison for her role in the thefts. The couple also was ordered to pay a combined $120,000 in restitution. The Carrs had pleaded guilty this February after being initially charged in April 2009 with theft of more than $45,000 and then charged in a superseding indictment in August 2011. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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Arkansas Air National Guard Employees Secretary Sentenced for Theft

air-national-guard-logoOn May 16, Owen Smith, former secretary-treasurer for Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 117, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to three years probation, assessed a $100 fine, and ordered to pay $18,023 in restitution for embezzling funds from the Jacksonville, Ark. union. ACT Chapter 117 represents Arkansas Air National Guard employees at Little Rock Air Force Base. Smith pled guilty last October. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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Pennsylvania Metal Employees Union Secretary-Treasurer Indicted

Metal workerOn May 14, Duane Rill, secretary-treasurer of the Berry Metal Employees Association, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for embezzling $13,496 in funds from the Cranberry Township, Pa.-based independent union. Rill, 51, a resident of Cranberry, allegedly wrote and cashed unauthorized checks and made unauthorized cash withdrawals from a union account during March 2007-November 2009. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

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Did IRS Target Homebuilders on Behalf of Laborers Union?

Ray LaHood photoIn the fall of 2011 the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) submitted Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service following an announcement that the administration was investigating homebuilders in an attempt to bolster union membership at the expense of housing sector jobs.

To read article by John Ransom at Townhall.com, click here.

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