Clifford Garner, the president of the Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers—Local 01871 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers—was arrested this week on charges that he stole $200,000 from the union and over-billed the college (where he is an English professor) for expenses.
Prosecutors stated in a press release that Garner allegedly stole $200,000 from the union (and $3000 from the school, just for good measure). They charged the union boss with four counts: Two counts of grand larceny and two of false records offenses.
If the allegations are proven, Garner won’t be the first (or even the most prolific) AFT local boss to be done in by his own greed. While $200,000 taken from union coffers over a four-year period (as the prosecutors’ release alleges) sounds like a lot for a local union boss to steal, a former Washington, D.C. AFT local president managed to embezzle up to $4.6 million.
Garner faces 15 years in prison if convicted. If you are a member, officer, or employee of the AFT or one of its locals and you believe that union officials are engaged in unethical activity, please let us know through our anonymous drop-box what is going on.