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  • 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 […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: Embezzling Galore!

    Posted on May 12, 2017 by Team

    Another week and another set of union bosses allegedly or actually stealing members’ money. This week’s list of offenders goes from coast to coast. Here are the best rackets: In Pennsylvania, Raymond C. Ventrone, former business manager for International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 154, was charged with one count of embezzling approximately $1,499,000 in union funds and five counts of income […]

  • Labor Racket Weekly: More Embezzlement Ensues

    Posted on Apr 19, 2017 by 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 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 […]