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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • Union THUGs Face the Fuzz

    Posted on Feb 19, 2014 by Team

    Last year, we reported on a concerning story out of Philadelphia. A Quaker meetinghouse that was being built by non-union labor was burned down, and local police found that it was “absolutely” related to a union labor dispute. Today, the federal Department of Justice announced it agreed. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of […]

  • Bill to Protect Union Whistleblowers Proposed

    Posted on Jan 09, 2014 by Team

    Among the favors federal law offers labor unions that it does not offer other groups is an exemption from employee “whistleblower” protection laws. If union employees or junior officials find financial misconduct and bring it to the attention of union officers, those employees can be fired, sometimes without explanation. (The particulars depend on the employees’ […]

  • Teamsters Goodfellas Indicted for Links to Organized Crime

    Posted on Jul 10, 2013 by Team

    The Teamsters in Long Island were caught in a scene reminiscent of the gangster classic “Goodfellas” when the president of Local 917 was accused of participating in a $10 million crime ring.  Nicholas Bernhard, President of Local 917, was arrested along with nine members of the Bonanno crime family for reputedly engaging in drug trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, and […]

  • Corruption Update

    Posted on Jul 05, 2013 by Team

    Cora Carper, secretary for the 21,000-member International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, was caught with her hand in the cookie jar. Carper was sentenced to more than three years in prison for embezzling over $500,000 in union funds. As head of its political action committee, she cashed over 300 checks for […]

  • Union Corruption Update: Go Directly To Jail

    Posted on May 20, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The former business manager for a California local of the Plumbers Union was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for conspiracy and misappropriating labor union funds. His wife was also sentenced to three months in the pen for involvement in the same nine-year scheme. Federal prosecutors argued that the pair had illegally taken approximately […]

  • Union Corruption Update: Dead Union Bosses Tell No Tales

    Posted on May 03, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Scandal has rocked the Auburn Teachers Association, an affiliate of the New York State United Teachers and American Federation of Teachers. The Auburn Citizen reports that an audit showed that the former (and now deceased) President of the Association allegedly misappropriated up to $800,000 in dues money for various personal uses. Local police are investigating […]

  • Union Corruption Update: Confessing to Four Percent of the Crime Isn’t Confessing

    Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Washington Examiner reports that the former secretary of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers pleaded guilty to embezzling $200,000 in Political Action Committee contributions for which she was responsible. She previously admitted internally to taking $7300: A Department of Labor investigation revealed that she had actually written $502,586 in […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup: “Public Safety” Union Officials Behaving Badly

    Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Federal authorities in San Diego are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of conspiracy and wire fraud against the former head of the National Border Patrol Council, the union of Border Patrol agents. Prosecutors claim that T.J. Bonner “billed personal expenses for wages, travel, meals, tickets to sporting events and other items to the union,” […]