Indiana AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On January 14, Eleanor Harvey, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3826, pleaded guilty in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court to one count of theft of union funds in an amount of between $750 and $50,000. She then was sentenced to a year of home confinement (suspended) and a year of probation, and was ordered to pay $18,800 in restitution and attend an anti-conversion class. Harvey had been charged last August following a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.… Read More ➡

Top Ten Union Corruption Stories of the Year

Perhaps more than usual, corruption stories in 2019 involved the overlapping worlds of unions and politics. In Chicago, former Teamster boss John T. Coli Sr., whose ability to cut deals with City Hall and the Illinois legislature for years went virtually unchallenged, pleaded guilty in July to shaking down a television studio owner. One of his allies, State Senator Tom Cullerton, was hit with multiple embezzlement charges. In Boston, two city officials were convicted of putting the squeeze on a concert promoter on behalf of a Theatrical Employees local. In Philadelphia, an Electrical Workers business manager and seven other persons, including a city councilman, were indicted in January for embezzlement, wire fraud and bribery; a contractor and a fundraiser subsequently pleaded guilty.

The overlap of union and government interests was especially marked in the public sector. Unions, still smarting from the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling in 2018, … Read More ➡

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 ➡

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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Baltimore Ex-AFSCME President Sentenced for Theft

On August 20, Betty Robinson, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2751, was sentenced in Baltimore City Circuit Court to five years in prison (suspended) and five years of probation for theft in the sum of $30,150 from the Baltimore-based union. In addition, she was ordered to pay residual restitution in the amount of $26,400. Robinson had pleaded guilty in December 2016 after being indicted in September 2015. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Local AFSCME Official in Wisconsin Charged with Theft

On June 12, Jennifer Conway, former vice president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 727D, was charged in Dunn County, Wisconsin Circuit Court with one count of misdemeanor theft in the sum of $250. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFSCME President in Wisconsin Charged with Embezzlement

Linda Woodford admits she acted stupidly. She should have thought about that beforehand. On June 12, Woodford, former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 727, was charged in Dunn County (Wisconsin) Circuit Court with embezzling more than $4,000 from the Menomonie-based union, which represents nursing home employees. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Woodford, now 41, a resident of Glenwood City (St. Croix County), headed the union during December 2015-July 2017. According to prosecutors, she used the last few months of her tenure to steal $4,055.37 by writing more than two dozen unauthorized union checks either to herself or other people and by making one unauthorized cash withdrawal. In October 2018, more than a year after her dismissal, she admitted writing the checks. She emphasized that she “needed the money” and used the union checking account as … Read More ➡

Indiana AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Theft; Sentenced

On June 5, Charlotte McDaniel, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3826, pleaded guilty in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court to one count of theft of funds in an amount of between $750 and $50,000 from the union, which represents Indianapolis public school bus drivers. She then was sentenced to a year in jail, with all but two days suspended, and ordered to pay $4,082 in restitution. McDaniel had been indicted in March following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

HHS Finalizes Rule Barring Union Medicaid Dues-Skimming

A half-decade ago, the Obama administration, in apparent defiance of federal statutes, issued a rule authorizing states to deduct union dues from home care providers whose income is partly or fully Medicaid-derived. The experiment now has ended. Yesterday, May 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to protect non-joining independent providers from having a portion of their paychecks deducted and routed to a union. Public-sector unions have generated an estimated $200 million a year this way. Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Committee, calls the reversal “an encouraging action toward stopping union bosses from unlawfully using public payment systems to intercept tax dollars intended for providers caring for those in need.” The rule is set to take effect on or about July 5.

Union Corruption Update examined this issue at length last year. On July 12, HHS posted a Notice … Read More ➡

AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer in Indianapolis Indicted for Theft

On March 15, Charlotte McDaniel, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3826, was indicted in Marion County, Indiana Superior Court on three counts of theft from the Indianapolis union in a sum of between $750 and $50,000. The union represents Indianapolis public school bus drivers. The indictment follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. Ms. McDaniel, it should be noted, has a “history.” Back in August 2015, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for hitting an unruly 14-year-old female student with a broom handle while on her afternoon bus route about a year and a half earlier. One wonders if she has a future.… Read More ➡