Letter Carriers Local Treasurer in Michigan Sentenced

On September 28, Kathryn Connelly, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 707, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzlement of funds from the Sault Ste. Marie-based union in the amount of $10,323. She had been charged on August 31 following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

LIUNA Office Manager in Indianapolis Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

On September 22, Misty Fain, former office manager for Laborers International Union of North America Local 120, pleaded guilty in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court to three counts of theft of funds from the Indianapolis union in a sum of at least $750 and less than $50,000. She then was sentenced to one year in prison (suspended) and one year of probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,000. Fain had been charged on August 5. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.   … Read More ➡

BLET Secretary-Treasurer in Texas Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

On September 16, Edward Davis Jr., former secretary-treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 620, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to embezzling funds from the Fort Worth union in the amount of $61,386. He had been charged in an information count two days earlier. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

NSO Treasurer in Texas Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On September 17, Harold Weatherford, former treasurer of National Staff Organization (NSO), Professional Staff Association, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to embezzling $82,560 in funds from the Tomball (Houston metro area) union. He had been charged on August 21. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Tennessee Steelworkers Local Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced

On September 15, Travis Cofer, former secretary-treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 990, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to two years of probation for embezzling $12,432 in funds from the Maryville (near Knoxville) union. He also was ordered to pay $9,608 in restitution on top of the $2,824 he already had paid, plus a $100 special assessment. Cofer pleaded guilty this past January following his indictment in September 2019. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Federal Judge Guts DOL Joint Employer Rule; Unions Cheer

Should a company be liable for negotiating a collective bargaining agreement alongside one of its contractors or franchisees even if it doesn’t set any workplace rules? U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods of the Southern District of New York thinks it should. On September 8, Judge Woods struck down a key portion of a rule change finalized in January by the Department of Labor that narrowed the circumstances for assigning an employer ‘joint’ or ‘dual’ status and thus forcing it to collectively bargain. The DOL rule, he concluded, contravened the Fair Labor Standards Act, and was “arbitrary and capricious.” Attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia had filed suit in late February to enjoin enforcement. As a result of the decision, unions have a far wider basis for suing an employer for unfair labor practices.

Union Corruption Update has covered this deceptively crucial issue several times (see hereRead More ➡

Local NSO Treasurer in Texas Charged with Embezzlement

On August 21, Harold Weatherford, former treasurer of National Staff Organization (NSO), Professional Staff Association, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas with embezzling $82,560 in funds from the Tomball (Houston metro area) union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

SMART Treasurer in Southern California Charged with Embezzlement

On September 8, Rachel Gleason, former treasurer of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union (SMART) Local 1700, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California with one count of embezzling funds in an unspecified sum from the Perris (Riverside County)-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Upstate New York Steelworkers Secretary Sentenced for Theft

At least Brian Arnold won’t have to serve any prison time. Last Thursday, September 10, Arnold, former financial secretary of United Steelworkers Local 104M, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to two years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for embezzling $33,224.15 from the Elmira-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution. The local represents employees at Anchor Glass Container Corporation. Arnold had pleaded guilty this June after being charged last October with embezzlement and concealment. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Arnold, now 49, a resident of Pine City, N.Y., during April 2016-August 2018 made unauthorized purchases with the union’s debit card, ATM withdrawals from its checking account, and checks to himself from the checking account. All stolen funds went for his personal use. Given that he … Read More ➡

Letter Carriers Treasurer in Michigan Charged with Embezzlement

On August 31, Kathryn Connelly, former president of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 707, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan with one count of embezzlement from the Sault Ste. Marie union in the sum of $10,323. The charge follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.    … Read More ➡