AFSCME Local Secretary-Treasurer in New Jersey Pleads Guilty

The guilty plea by Linda Rogers was inevitable. Look no further than her daughter for an explanation. On January 12, Rogers, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2254, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to embezzling $40,455 from the union’s checking and savings accounts. She and her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, had been indicted on one count each last August; the daughter pleaded guilty on December 1. AFSCME Local 2254 represents various employees at Jersey City Medical Center. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

According to prosecutors, Linda Rogers, now 71, a resident of Jersey City, during July 2016-August 2017 used her position to write 112 checks and then deposit them to accounts jointly controlled by her and her daughter. These checks, which totaled $35,267, were unrelated to union business. In … Read More ➡

New Jersey AFSCME Treasurer’s Daughter Pleads Guilty to Theft

Jennifer Rogers played a supporting role, but it was enough for prosecutors to secure a guilty plea. Last Tuesday, December 1, Rogers, the daughter of Linda Rogers, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2254, pleaded guilty by videoconference in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to aiding her mother’s embezzlement of $40,455 in funds from the Jersey City union. The pair had been charged in August. AFSCME Local 2254 represents employees at Jersey City Medical Center, including clerical workers, therapists and housekeepers. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.  

Linda Rogers, as secretary-treasurer, had sole control over union finances. According to prosecutors, daughter Jennifer Rogers, now 38, a resident of Jersey City, helped her mom rip off the union. During July 2016-August 2017, as an employee of the hospital as well as a … Read More ➡

President, Secretary of Maryland AFSCME Local Indicted for Thefts

On November 2, Tyrone Johnson and Dorothy Jordan, respectively, former president and former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3374, were indicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on two charges each of stealing funds from the Baltimore union. Johnson allegedly stole between $100 and $1,500; Jordan allegedly embezzled between $1,500 and $25,000, plus another $2,206. The union represents employees of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The indictments follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

New Jersey AFSCME Treasurer, Daughter Charged with Embezzlement

It was a case of mother-daughter teamwork. But nobody in their union seems impressed. Last Thursday, on August 13, Linda Rogers, former secretary-treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2254, along with her daughter, Jennifer Rogers, were charged in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey with one count each of embezzlement and conspiracy to embezzle from the Jersey City-based union in a sum exceeding $40,000. They were released on bond following their initial court appearance. The charges follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

AFSCME Local 2254 represents employees at Jersey City Medical Center, including clerical workers, therapists and housekeepers. Unfortunately, a portion of their dues went for the personal enrichment of the Rogers duo. According to prosecutors, Linda Rogers, now 71, and Jennifer Rogers, now 38, each a resident of Jersey City, during July 2016-August 2017 … Read More ➡

AFSCME Local in California Forges Worker’s Signature, Wins Court Dismissal

It is now settled law that public employees cannot be forced to pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3930 and the State of California don’t seem convinced. Neither does a federal judge. On June 15, a U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rebuked an Orange County home care provider, Maria Quezambra, in her quest to recoup dues collected by the union via the State of California over six years despite clear evidence that someone at the union had forged her signature to establish membership. A week later, she filed an appeal. The larger issue, in light of the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, is the corrupt practice of government agencies allying themselves with the very unions with whom they bargain.     

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision was … Read More ➡

Janus, Two Years On: More Necessary Than Ever

This June 27 marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a pivotal event in labor relations whose potential long-run impact is only beginning to be felt. The High Court’s upholding by a 5-4 margin of the constitutional right of Mark Janus (in photo), an Illinois state civil servant, to withhold dues from an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has enabled numerous nonmembers across a wide range of public-sector jobs to decline to pay without worrying about losing their jobs. In response, unions and their political allies are going to great lengths to circumvent the ruling. They know what is at stake. Their actions unintentionally underscore why the Court made the right call. And Mark Janus isn’t quite done yet.  

Government employee unions, especially at the state and local levels, have become a dominant force … Read More ➡

Police Union Grip on Cities Must Be Broken

AFSCME President Lee Saunders

It’s called “the blue wall of silence,” that seemingly impenetrable code of honor among cops who cover for fellow officers suspected of breaking the law. For decades, this code has been scrutinized but rarely as much as right now in the wake of the videotaped death of a black suspect, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police. In addition to triggering demonstrations and riots, the incident, with less fanfare, has caused many people to call out the unions representing cops as being part of the problem. Critics argue that police unions often are more focused on shielding members from accountability than protecting the public or improving community relations. While riots and demands for the abolition of police forces are indefensible, there are legitimate concerns that police unions are doing more harm than good.     

There are currently about 700,000 law enforcement officers in this … Read More ➡

Supreme Court Considers Second Mark Janus Suit to Recover Dues

Mark Janus is seeking to complete his mission. And the U.S. Supreme Court soon will let him and other dissenting public-sector union members know where they stand. Two weeks from now, on June 18, the High Court will decide whether to grant legal standing to a petition by Janus, a former Illinois state employee, to recover dues payments dating back several years collected by an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Two years earlier the Court concluded that a government employee union cannot deduct partial dues (“agency fees”) from a nonmember paycheck without the affirmative consent of the employee. A grant of certiorari could open the door to similar nonmember actions, including a class action suit in Minnesota seeking a $19 million refund on behalf of about 8,000 employees.  

Until the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, state and … Read More ➡

AFSCME Local President in Wisconsin Pleads Guilty; Sentenced

On May 22, Linda Woodford, former 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-based union. She then was sentenced to five days in jail, one year of probation, and 50 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $453 in court costs. She previously had paid full restitution in the amount of $4,065. Woodford had been charged last June following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFSCME Puts Corrupt Hawaii Local in Trusteeship; Removes State Director

Hawaii’s United Public Workers has entered a new era. And it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on. On May 1, Lee Saunders, president of the union’s parent organization, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, placed the local under trusteeship. The previous day, AFSCME trial officers had removed UPW Hawaii State Director Dayton Nakanelua and Fiscal & Membership Services Administrator Jeanne Endo from their posts. Back in mid-February, an AFSCME audit had concluded that officials of the 13,000-member UPW had been spending large sums for unauthorized purposes. “It is my responsibility to ensure that our union is run with transparency and integrity at every level – and to take action when an emergency exists,” said Saunders.

The Honolulu-based United Public Workers, also known as AFSCME Local 646, as Union Corruption Update noted a couple of weeks ago, has a history of corruption. Back in … Read More ➡