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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • 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 […]

  • Christmas Craziness: Unwrapping a Connecticut Politician’s Conflict of Interest

    Posted on Dec 22, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As 2016 comes to a close, one state legislature is grappling with a conflict of interest between a state representative and a powerful labor union. Representative Joe Aresimowicz, Connecticut’s incoming House speaker, also work as the education coordinator for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). (AFSCME pays Rep. Aresimowicz more than $95,000 a year.) Aresimowicz was hired by AFSCME almost […]

  • United Steelworkers Boss Busted for Embezzlement

    Posted on Sep 27, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union bosses know a thing or two about the wrong side of the law. David R. Sager, the former president of the United Steelworkers Local 5000, is now under federal indictment for embezzling more than $185,000 from the union’s strike fund. Law360 has more: “A 29-count federal indictment has been unsealed charging David R. Sager of Gibsonburg, […]

  • Johnny Doc, Where’s the Brotherly Love?

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of America’s most powerful union bosses has some serious legal problems. John J. “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, the business manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98, is currently under federal and state investigation. Why? Dougherty’s own finances, as well as the union’s donations to political campaigns and “allegations of a pattern of intimidation.” When it comes […]