Wisconsin AFSCME Vice President Pleads Guilty; Ordered to Pay Restitution

On September 10, Jennifer Conway, former vice president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 727D, pleaded guilty in Dunn County, Wisconsin Circuit Court to one count of misdemeanor theft from the Menomonie union, and then was ordered to pay court costs of $458. She previously had paid restitution in the amount of $250 after being charged this June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Mississippi CWA President Sentenced for Embezzlement

The consequences of theft were far more expensive than Danny Woodcock had anticipated. On August 29, Woodcock, ex-president of Communications Workers of America Local 83770, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi to 46 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $519,963.04 in restitution and a $100 special assessment for stealing more than $300,000 in funds from the Columbus, Miss. union. Woodcock had pleaded guilty in August 2018 after being indicted in November 2017. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Communications Workers Local 83770 represents between 300 and 400 employees of L3 Vertex Aerospace, LLC, an engineering and maintenance contractor operating at Columbus Air Force Base. According to prosecutors, Woodcock, now 66, a resident of Caledonia (Lowndes County), Miss., not only headed the union but stole from it … Read More ➡

AFGE President in Washington, D.C. Pleads Guilty to Transporting Stolen Funds

On September 12, Audonus Duplessis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2463, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in connection with his moving $11,300 worth of stolen funds from the Washington, D.C.-based union to Virginia for the purpose of buying a car. The total sum stolen from the union, which represents Smithsonian Institution employees, exceeded $80,000. Duplessis had been indicted in June. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

CWA Local Secretary-Treasurer in West Virginia Indicted

On September 4, Eric Childress, former secretary-treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 2276, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on one count of embezzlement of funds in the sum of $2,619 from the Bluefield, W.Va.-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Michigan Steelworkers Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On September 3, Stephen Perez, former treasurer of United Steelworkers Local 402, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling $14,408.05 in funds from the Grandville (near Grand Rapids) union. He had been indicted for embezzlement and records falsification in April. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

IATSE Treasurer in Massachusetts Sentenced for Embezzlement

On August 30, Ivar Carlson, former business agent and treasurer of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local B-935, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts to one year of probation for embezzling funds from the now-defunct Worcester-based union. He also was ordered to forfeit $16,151 in assets and pay $9,786 in restitution on top of the $6,775 he already paid. Carlson, a resident of Auburn, Mass., during March 2007-September 2016 had written or cashed union checks for unauthorized purposes. He had pleaded guilty this March to stealing $37,014 after being charged last December. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer in Indiana Charged with Theft

On August 28, Eleanor Harvey, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Local Employees Local 3826, was charged in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court with two counts of theft of funds from the Indianapolis union totaling between $750 and $50,000 following a grand jury indictment. The charge follows a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

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President of Civilian Technicians Local in Iowa Charged with Fraud

On August 23, Gregg Pedersen, former president of Association of Civilian Technicians Local 75, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa with wire fraud in the sum of $6,320 against the Sioux City-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Laborers Organizer in Phoenix Charged with Theft; Pleads Guilty

On August 23, Mitchell Sharp, a Phoenix-based former organizer for the Laborers International Union of North America, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona with one count of theft from an Indian Health Service local office in Phoenix in an amount of more than $1,000. He then pleaded guilty. Sharp allegedly had made unauthorized use of his union credit card. The charge and plea follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

San Francisco-Area AFT Treasurer Charged with Fraud, Theft

It’s a common truism that crooked teacher unions are a problem only for public schools. Kenneth Morris may be a prime example of the need for revision. On August 29, Morris, treasurer of American Federation of Teachers Local 2240, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California with five counts of bank fraud and three counts of embezzlement totaling more than $31,000 from the San Francisco-based union, which represents teachers, counselors and librarians employed by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Catholic Diocese of San Jose. A grand jury had indicted Morris a week earlier. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Morris, now 50, a resident of Alameda, Calif. and a former math teacher at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, during September 10, 2018-December 10, 2018 took five checks of between … Read More ➡