Union officials are feeling the heat, and it’s not just the change in season. Check out the latest union rackets from this Summer:
In New Hampshire, the Department filed suit against American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 230. The lawsuit seeks to nullify the union’s recent elections. The complaint alleges that the union denied members a reasonable opportunity to nominate candidates and that the union failed to provide a reasonably calculated nominations notice to inform all members of the offices to be filled in the election, as well as the time, place, and form for submitting nominations. Finally, the complaint alleges that the union denied members a reasonable opportunity to vote by failing to mail an election notice to all members at their last known home address not less than 15 days prior to the election.
In Wisconsin, Jennifer Conway, former Vice President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 727D, was charged with one count of misdemeanor theft of $250.
In Wisconsin, Linda Woodford (Harshman), former President of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 727D, was charged with one count of felony theft of approximately $4,065.
In California, Tatia Clark, former Financial Secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2801, pleaded guilty to one count of withholding and destruction of labor records. Clark was then sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $25 special assessment.
In Ohio, Bud G. Sherwood, former Secretary Treasurer of Transportation Communication Union/International Association of Machinists (TCU/IAM) Lodge 6546, pleaded guilty to one-count of theft of union funds of approximately $10,813.
In Indiana, Charlotte F. McDaniel, former Secretary-Treasurer of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3826, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of union funds with a value between $750 and $50,000. She was then sentenced to 365 days of confinement (363 days suspended with one day of credit) and 363 days of probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $4,082.
In California, Jonathan Ortino, former President of National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) Chapter 165, was charged in a six-count superseding indictment. The superseding indictment added three counts of wire fraud. Each of the three counts pertain to Ortino making an unauthorized electronic fund transfer from the union’s account to his personal account, totaling $4,500. On March 26, 2019, Ortino was initially charged in a three-count indictment with making false entries with respect to the filing of the union’s LM-3 Report for fiscal years 2014, 2015, and 2016.
In California, Joan Dutton, former President of United Steel Workers (USW) Local 2801, pleaded guilty to one count of withholding and destruction of labor records. She was then sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and $25 special assessment.