On August 16, Preston Nelson, formerly treasurer for National Postal Mail Handlers Local 305, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $13,547.26. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. (OLMS, 8/29/06).
Labor Department Sues California Local; Wants New Election
On July 31, the Department of Labor filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10, requesting that the union nullify the results of its November 11, 2005 election for the offices of executive board member and trustee. The DOL also is asking for a new election to be held. The complaint alleges that the union imposed a candidacy requirement that was unreasonable and not contained in either its by-laws or constitution. (OLMS, 8/29/06).