Federal Employees Union Tries to Block Migrant Deportations

It takes no great insight to recognize there is a rapidly worsening security crisis along our southern border. Remarkably, a union representing federal employees handling this crisis is enabling it. Last Wednesday, American Federation of Government Employees Local 1924 filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco in support of a lawsuit to block enforcement of the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Since its launch in January, the program has returned about 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees to Mexico. MPP, reads the complaint, is “fundamentally contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation.” Such high-minded rhetoric, among other things, ignores the fact that these migrants entered the U.S. illegally, often with the intent to exploit our system of public benefits.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the many photos of “caravans” of thousands of Hispanics, especially Central … Read More ➡

AFGE Treasurer in Maryland Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Were it not for an overheard telephone call, Annette Jones might still be ripping off her union. Accidents will happen. On May 9, Jones, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 331, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to bank fraud in connection with her embezzlement over a three-year period of more than $80,000 in funds from her union, which represents about 760 employees of Perry Point VA Medical Center in Cecil County, Md. She had been indicted on multiple counts last June. The plea follows an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General. Sentencing is set for September 10.

According to prosecutors, Jones, now 45, a resident of Port Deposit, Md., conducted a pair of fraud schemes against AFGE Local 331. By far the largest occurred during July 2012-July … Read More ➡

Former AFGE President in Wisconsin Charged with Theft

On February 20, David Dauman, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3495, was charged in Adams County, Wisconsin Circuit Court with one count of stealing $3,597 from the Oxford, Wisc.-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Local Secretary in Oklahoma Pleads Guilty to Theft

On February 14, Christy Coppin, former office secretary of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2250, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma to one count of theft in the amount of $52,738 from the Muskogee union, which represents employees at the VA Hospital in that city. She had been indicted in January. The actions follow a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

AFGE Secretary in Oklahoma Charged with Embezzlement

On January 15, Christy Coppin, former office secretary for American Federation of Government Employees Local 2250, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma with theft and embezzlement from the Muskogee-based union in the sum of $52,738. The indictment follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

Missouri AFGE Local Secretary Charged; Pleads Guilty

On July 23, Victoria Sharp, ex-office secretary for American Federation of Government Employees Local 903, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri with one count of bank fraud in the amount of $18,531 against the Columbia, Mo. union, which represents employees at the area VA Hospital. She then pleaded guilty. According to prosecutors, Sharp, now 34, a resident of Boonville, Mo., forged paychecks during October 2014-November 2016. During that period, in March 2016, someone had broken into a union file cabinet and discovered evidence that would link Ms. Sharp to the forgeries. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

New Jersey AFGE Local President Sentenced for Theft

On June 29, Sharon Williams-Savage, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2425, was sentenced in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County, to five years of probation for theft from the East Orange, N.J.-based union. She also was ordered to pay $180 per month in restitution totaling $18,000, plus a $30 law enforcement fee and a $75 court penalty. Williams-Savage had pleaded guilty in April following a multiple count indictment in December 2015. Though the union is based in Essex County, the offenses occurred in nearby Passaic County. The actions follow a joint investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and the New Jersey State Criminal Division.… Read More ➡

AFGE Local President in Colorado Charged with Theft

On July 2, Ashley Jacobson, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2430, was charged in El Paso County (Colorado) District Court with two counts of theft of an unspecified amount from the Colorado Springs-based union, which represents employees at the local VA Hospital. The charges follow a joint probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the Veterans Affairs Department’s Office of Inspector General.… Read More ➡

AFGE Local President in Washington, D.C. Indicted

On June 27, Audonus Duplessis, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 2463, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of interstate transportation of stolen property for his role in moving $11,300 worth of stolen currency from the District of Columbia to Virginia. The Washington, D.C.-based union represents various employees of the Smithsonian Institution. The indictment follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡