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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • UAW Scandal (Somehow) Gets Worse

    Posted on Nov 10, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is in deep trouble. News recently broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has expanded its corruption investigation to include a member of General Motors’ board and the UAW’s training centers funded by all three Detroit automakers. According to the Detroit News: Investigators are interested in Joe Ashton, a […]

  • CalPERS Pushes Public Ballots, Violates California Law

    Posted on Oct 04, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Over on the West Coast, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS for short) is showing us how not to handle a board election. For background, CalPERS recently changed its board election procedures, violating the California constitutional requirement that voting be kept private. How? Voters who use mailed-in paper ballots, the most popular voting method, […]

  • Teamsters Harass Celebrity Host with “Sexist, Anti-Muslim Slurs”

    Posted on Aug 10, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Don’t look now, but the Teamsters are (still) taking pages out of Jimmy Hoffa’s playbook. Our story takes us to Boston, where “Top Chef” filmed a segment back in 2014. Earlier this month, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi told a federal jury investigating a union extortion case that several Teamsters members harassed her on the way to […]

  • Two of the Craziest Labor Stories You’ll Ever Read

    Posted on Jul 11, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Life is never dull in union America. Earlier this month, George Botts, vice president of New York’s Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726, was caught falsifying time sheets. How’d he get caught? E-ZPass. According to the New York Daily News, Botts was recorded “paying tolls at the same time he was supposed to be performing union duties […]

  • Johnny Doc Gets Wiretapped

    Posted on Jun 28, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    For more than a year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapped the cellphones of Philadelphia union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, who runs the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98. As part of an ongoing investigation into union corruption, FBI agents also monitored Democratic City Councilman Bobby Henon and Local 98 political director Marita […]

  • Cash-Strapped Longshoremen’s Union Uses Ghost Workers

    Posted on Jun 08, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Ghost work. Call it Big Labor’s newest corruption scheme. According to news reports out of Florida, the Tampa-based International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1402 is allegedly paying “ghost workers” for dock jobs they don’t perform, at the expense of actual union members. ILA Pension Board Trustee Evan Cotten claims to have uncovered the problem last year by tracking […]

  • New Ad Highlights SEIU Hypocrisy

    Posted on Feb 13, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is waging a war on Labor Secretary-designate Andy Puzder—despite the thousands of unfair labor charges filed against the union. On Monday, the Center for Union Facts highlighted the SEIU’s hypocrisy with a full-page advertisement in The Wall Street Journal. Check it out:  

  • San Diego Union Boss Faces Damning Allegations

    Posted on Jan 24, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Meet Mickey Kasparian. In December, Mr. Kasparian—the president of the San Diego-based United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 135—was sued by two former female employees. One of them alleged that the union boss pressured her into an ongoing sexual relationship. The other claimed that Kasparian fired her after she was incorrectly suspected of being “on the […]