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Union Corruption Roundup

New York Times: Powerful Leader of Mexican Teachers’ Union Is Arrested
Elba Esther Gordillo, also known as “La Maestra,” stands accused of embezzling $200 million from the funds of the Mexican teacher’s union. The New York Times reports that leader of the largest labor group in Latin America is incredibly powerful –“a bombastic figure viewed as a kingmaker among politicians for her ability to deliver votes and suppress enemies.” Prosecutors say that the embezzled money paid for two homes in California, plastic surgery, art, and credit cards.


Washington Examiner: Ex-Howard University police union leader sentenced for theft
Kevin Jones, former president of the Howard University police union, was sentenced to 20 weekends in jail, four years of probation, and 150 hours of community service for embezzlement. Jones pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 from the union with improper ATM withdrawals and other payments for sporting events and parking tickets.


KTOO: Former union organizer sentenced for forging signatures
Union organizer Skye Rubadeau McRoberts was convicted and sentenced for forging signatures on union organizing cards.  The Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA) wanted to organize employees in the state university system and attempted to do so via card check. In February 2012, the Alaska Dispatch reported that Rubadeau McRoberts would have personally gained from adding members to the ASEA because the mail service business she operated handled the mailings for the union—and more members would mean more items to print and mail.

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