Northern Virginia Union Official Sentenced for Conspiracy

The identity of Michael Carney’s union forever may remain unknown, but at least Carney himself is getting a measure of justice. On November 8, Carney, a former real estate manager for an unnamed labor union based in Herndon (Fairfax County), Va., was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to eight months of home confinement and two years of supervised probation for conspiring with a private contractor to commit wire fraud and embezzlement. He also was fined $25,000. A required restitution order for $23,367 previously had been satisfied. Carney had pleaded guilty in May immediately after being charged. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General.

As Union Corruption Update had indicated earlier (here and here), Carney, now 64, a resident of Ashburn, Va., along with an unnamed relative, during roughly mid-2012 through mid-2015, … Read More ➡

Plasterers Treasurer in Georgia Charged with Embezzlement

On October 31, Tony Westly, former business manager/financial secretary/treasurer of Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association Local 148, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in a one-count information with embezzling union funds from the Atlanta-based union in an unspecified amount. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

UAW Chieftain Gary Jones Resigns as GM Department Scandal Widens

Gary Jones’ tenure as head of the United Auto Workers was brief. But he and the union are preparing for what may be a long ordeal. On November 20, Jones, beset by a slew of federal corruption charges involving millions of dollars in illegal payoffs exacted from vendors by ex-officials of the UAW’s General Motors Department, abruptly resigned as president. Nine days later, he ended his union membership. The actions occurred shortly after the UAW executive board filed paperwork to expel him and a regional director, Vance Pearson. While Jones has not been accused of anything (yet), his home was one of several sites raided in August by federal agents. In a related event, GM last month filed a racketeering suit against Fiat Chrysler on grounds that the latter misused the collective bargaining process to facilitate a merger.

In normal times, the 400,000-member, Detroit-based United Auto Workers might … Read More ➡

Former Postal Workers President in South Carolina Pleads Guilty

On October 22, Dana Quinn Roush, former president of American Postal Workers Union Local 403, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina to one count of embezzlement of funds in the sum of $10,089 from the Spartanburg-based union. She had been charged on September 12 following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

This may be the least of her problems. On September 19, a woman named Dana Q. Roush, a resident of nearby Greenville, S.C., was found guilty in federal court of mail fraud conspiracy in connection with a rent-to-own residential real estate scam involving about 130 properties that she ran with husband Michael Roush. The husband had pleaded guilty prior to trial. The couple’s firm, Kingdom Connected Investments LLC, promised a “win-win” outcome for distressed homeowners and aspiring homebuyers. KCI, marketed as a “Christian” organization, would buy a home, … Read More ➡

Metal Trades Council Ex-President in Alabama Indicted for Bank Robbery

On October 30, Ellen Canterbury, former president of the Metal Trades Council, Wiregrass Trades, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama following her indictment for bank robbery and incidental crimes totaling $11,570. The Fort Rucker, Ala.-based council is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO’s Metal Trades Department, which consists of 17 unions. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Former CWA President in Connecticut Sentenced for Embezzlement

On November 7, Thomas Popillo, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 81266, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut to three years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for embezzling $37,568.68 in funds from the Newington-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Popillo had pleaded guilty in August following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

The PRO Act Gives Unions Everything They Could Want

If there is a worse piece of legislation in the history of American labor relations than the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, one would be hard-pressed to find it. This gift to organized labor, introduced in May by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., would dismantle virtually every existing safeguard against union monopoly in the private-sector workplace. Among its features, the measure would override state Right to Work laws protecting employees from being fired for withholding union dues; create an expansive “joint employer” standard to force employers to bargain alongside their contractors; and ban employment arbitration agreements. The House Education and Labor Committee approved the measure on September 25 in a party-line 26-21 vote, setting up a brutal battle in 2020 in the full House and likely the Senate.

Labor unions in this country regularly proclaim their solidarity with “working families,” also known as “working … Read More ➡

Upstate New York Steelworkers Financial Secretary Charged with Thefts

Brian Arnold had total authority over his union’s finances. That’s why the numbers didn’t add up. On October 29, Arnold, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 104M, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York with one count of embezzling more than $33,000 in funds from the Elmira-based union and one count of falsifying financial records to conceal the thefts. Local 104M represents about 75 employees at Anchor Glass Container Corporation. The charges follow an investigation by the FBI and the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Arnold, now 48, a resident of Elmira, controlled all aspects of union finances. According to prosecutors, he used that control as a license to steal. During April 2016-August 2018, he allegedly embezzled funds in a variety of ways. He made unauthorized purchases totaling $14,639.13 at hotels, restaurants and retail stores with his local debit card; made unauthorized … Read More ➡

Philadelphia Teachers President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On October 23, James Young, president of American Federation of Teachers Local 4973, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of embezzling $7,050 in funds from the Philadelphia union. He had been charged on October 1. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Steelworkers Secretary in Arkansas Sentenced for False Record-Keeping

On October 24, Deloistine Williams, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 929, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas to one year of probation for concealing thefts in the financial records of the West Helena, Ark.-based union. She also was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $13,205. Williams had been charged in August following a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡