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Category Archive: Crime & Corruption

  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • Former Teachers Union Officer Charged with Sex Crimes

    Posted on Oct 10, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    At the Center for Union Facts, we often track instances of union officials engaged in illegal activity—most often stealing their members’ money. But in an extremely disturbing case out of California, a former official in Local 2022 of Randi Weingarten’s American Federation of Teachers has been charged with child sex abuse. John Arthur Loyd, a […]

  • Postal Unions Choose Status Quo over Customer-Friendly Reforms

    Posted on Jul 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), like many unionized organizations, loses money hand-over-fist and is saddled with unsustainable labor costs. In an effort to increase usage of USPS services and lower labor costs, the Postal Service is placing self-service kiosks in Staples stores. It’s a win for customers and taxpayers: Who could have a problem […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • Union THUGs Face the Fuzz

    Posted on Feb 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 […]