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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • Not-So-High Times for the UFCW

    Posted on Aug 20, 2015 by Team

    In California, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has a multi-year ongoing campaign to organize workers in the budding retail marijuana industry. In 2011, UFCW organizers appeared with dispensary owners calling for San Jose to allow more dispensaries to open and be unionized by UFCW. Pot shops also hoped that closer alignment with the […]

  • Nineteen Years for Corrupt Ironworkers Union Boss

    Posted on Jul 21, 2015 by Team

    Joseph Dougherty, the business agent and financial secretary of Ironworkers Union Local 401, AFL-CIO, was convicted in January of numerous racketeering and violence-related offenses related to his union’s “goon squads,” which union bosses called the THUGs (apparently with no sense of irony). This week, he learned his fate. Federal Judge Michael Baylson sentenced Dougherty to nineteen […]

  • California’s Worst Franchisor? The SEIU.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2015 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is currently directing its political lackeys in the California State Legislature to advance a bill that makes it harder for franchisors to change, revoke, or fail to renew contracts with their franchisees. This political fight has created a bizarre alliance between SEIU, which has spent something on the order […]

  • Racial Slurs by Union Picketers A-OK, NLRB Judge Says

    Posted on Jun 10, 2015 by Team

    If a normal person stood outside his or her workplace and shouted racist epithets at coworkers and passersby, that person would be fired. But an Administrative Law Judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that normal rules of civilized conduct don’t apply while on union business, ordering Anthony Runion, a United Steelworkers picketer […]

  • Ironworkers Boss Stands Trial for Mafia-Style Racket

    Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by Team

    We covered the indictment of the “THUGs” — seriously, that was the name of one of their “goon squads” — of Ironworkers Local Union 401 back in February. Ten people affiliated with the Philadelphia union, including the union’s financial secretary and multiple business agents, were charged with RICO crimes related to a series of actions […]

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]

  • New York Teachers Union Boss Booked for Alleged $200,000 Theft

    Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by Team

    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 […]

  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by Team

    The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week on an appeal by several convicted former bosses of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 who were convicted in 2012 of various racketeering-related crimes. The appeals court upheld the convictions of former Local 348 officers John Fazio; Anthony Fazio, Sr.; and Anthony […]