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Archive: Apr 2017

  • Teamsters Boss Asks for Member Money to Fight Corruption Charges

    Posted on Apr 26, 2017 by Team

    You read that right. Rome Aloise, a Teamsters vice president who earned more than $383,000 in total compensation last year, is defending himself from a corruption probe launched by the union itself. And, yes, he’s seeking donations from blue-collar employees to cover his legal bills. The Washington Free Beacon‘s Bill McMorris has more: “Rome Aloise, an […]

  • 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, […]

  • Investigation of Boilermakers Reveals “Lavish Spending Practices and a Lack of Accountability”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2017 by Team

    There’s wasteful spending and then there’s the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. According to a recent Kansas City Star investigation, the 58,000-member Boilermakers union has earned quite a reputation for “fine dining, stays in posh hotels, and expensive hunting retreats,” while union officials and their relatives take home hefty six-figure salaries. In 2016, President Newton Jones’ total compensation climbed to […]

  • 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 […]

  • Wall Street Journal Highlights SEIU’s Fight for $15 Boondoggle

    Posted on Apr 12, 2017 by Team

    In today’s Wall Street Journal, CUF Executive Director Richard Berman explained how the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) Fight for $15 has failed to recruit new union members. Citing the SEIU’s recently released 2016 financial filings, Mr. Berman finds that the union has spent at least $90 million on the campaign since its launch in 2012. However, […]

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

    Posted on Apr 06, 2017 by 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 […]

  • SEIU Wastes $19 Million on the Fight for $15 in 2016

    Posted on Apr 03, 2017 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has released its 2016 financial disclosures with the Department of Labor. (You can see them here.) The numbers aren’t pretty. An analysis by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) reveals that the union spent more than $19 million on the Fight for $15 in 2016. CUF estimates that the total cost is […]