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  • Labor Racket Weekly: Fraud, Fountain Pens, and a Ferrari

    Posted on Aug 15, 2017 by Team

    Every week, we bring you the most egregious and sometimes ridiculous tales of union corruption. This week is no exception, with numerous fraud counts and even a Ferrari involved: In Indiana, Thomas Rodgers, former General Chairman of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) General Committee of Adjustment (GCA) 247, was charged in an information with a level […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Cooked Books and Union Crooks

    Posted on Aug 04, 2017 by Team

    This week’s union rackets will blow your mind. In Alabama, Michael Lackey, former President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 3901, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and three years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $69,193. On January 31, 2017, Lackey pled guilty […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Money on the Streets, Not in Union Treasuries

    Posted on Jul 28, 2017 by Team

    This week’s rackets include more embezzlement charges from across the country: In Delaware, Lon Sullivan, former Treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 644, was sentenced to three years of probation and 200 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay the remaining balance of restitution in the amount $59,809. Sullivan previously paid $37,000 in […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Union Corruption on the Newswires

    Posted on Jul 07, 2017 by Team

    As the smoke clears from the 4th of July weekend, more union corruption has appeared on the newswires. Here are this week’s best rackets: In Ohio, Arthur W. Boedecker, former Vice President of Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 270, pled guilty to one count of aggravated theft from a union. On the same date, Boedecker […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: The Hunt For a Union Bookkeeper

    Posted on Jun 30, 2017 by Team

    This week’s cast of characters is uniquely corrupt, and in one case, on the run. In Michigan, Stephanie Marie DeBoer was a bookkeeper and office manager of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 before she was indicted on a charge of embezzlement and theft of union funds. Federal authorities are trying to track down the former union […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Mobsters and Union Bosses

    Posted on Jun 16, 2017 by Team

    A Chicago mobster and two union presidents saw their days in court. Here are this week’s best labor rackets: In Texas, Clementine T. Ray, former President of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2109, pled guilty to a superseding information of false writings. In Illinois, John A. Matassa, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of Independent Union of Amalgamated Workers Local 711, […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Cross-Country Corruption Continues

    Posted on May 26, 2017 by Team

    Corruption. Embezzlement. Allegedly unauthorized cash withdrawals. Here are this week’s best labor rackets: In Arkansas, Jeni May Hughes, former office manager for Plumbers Local 155, pled guilty to embezzling $428,874 in union funds. In Iowa, Curtis Lang, former President of the United Dairy Workers of LeMars, pled guilty to one count of embezzlement. On March 22, 2017, Lang was […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: $71,523 in Dues for “Personal Use”

    Posted on May 18, 2017 by Team

    Union dues are being used for union leaders’ personal benefits, not members’ benefits. Here are this week’s best rackets: In Illinois, Thomas M. Miller, former Secretary-Treasurer of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) Division 815, was charged with embezzling approximately $10,686 in union funds. In Rhode Island, Christopher Hayes, former Rhode Island Police Department Sergeant and former […]