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  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement Ensues

    Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    As union funds disappear, more union bosses are being charged with embezzlement. Here are this week’s craziest rackets: In Connecticut, Andrew Thibodeau, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local Lodge 1433, was charged in a one-count information for embezzling union funds exceeding $70,000. Thibodeau pled guilty to the charge. In Ohio, David Sager, […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Thousands Of Dollars In Restitution Payments

    Posted on Apr 14, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    When union dues are collected, the money can end up deep in union bosses’ pockets. This week, we have more examples of labor rackets from across the country: In Virginia, William Dixon, former Secretary-Treasurer of International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 2014, was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to undergo counseling and drug treatment. Dixon was […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $275,000 in Allegedly Stolen Money—and Kickbacks, Too!

    Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Another day, another series of union fails. Here are this week’s craziest union rackets: In New York, Johnnie Miranti, former Secretary-Treasurer of Toy and Novelty Workers Local 223, was sentenced to eight months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $138,500 in forfeiture and a $5,000 fine. At his sentencing, the court […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $360,000 In Stolen Money and Other Shenanigans

    Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Another week and more stories of union bosses swindling their members’ dues money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In New York, Brian W. Scott, former President and Business Manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 503, was sentenced to one year and a day in federal prison followed by two years of […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $2 Million in Stolen Money—Alleged and Actual

    Posted on Mar 15, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Curious where union dues go? Sometimes, they go straight into union bosses’ pockets. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Delaware, Lon Sullivan, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 644, was charged with one count of wire fraud in the amount of $8,647. He pled guilty to the charge and agreed to pay $96,809 in […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement and Forgery!

    Posted on Mar 07, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    While union members pay millions of dollars of income in monthly dues to labor unions, union bosses continue to mishandle their members’ money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Ohio, Aaron Contreras, former Secretary-Treasurer of Communications Workers of America Local 84749, was sentenced to 16 months of incarceration and three years of supervised release, and he was ordered to make full restitution of $42,700. Why? In […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Theft, Forgery, and Embezzlement, Oh My!

    Posted on Feb 28, 2017 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, we’re introducing a new weekly feature called Labor Racket Weekly, which highlights the most egregious union wrongdoings from the previous week. While union members pay millions of dollars of income in monthly dues to labor unions, union bosses continue to mishandle their members’ money. Below are this week’s best rackets: In Wisconsin, Teresa Adkins, former business manager of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 127, […]