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  • UFCW Extortionist Plot Fails to Fool Feds

    Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by Team

    The 2nd United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week on an appeal by several convicted former bosses of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 348 who were convicted in 2012 of various racketeering-related crimes. The appeals court upheld the convictions of former Local 348 officers John Fazio; Anthony Fazio, Sr.; and Anthony […]

  • AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History

    Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by Team

    Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized […]

  • Bill to Protect Union Whistleblowers Proposed

    Posted on Jan 09, 2014 by Team

    Among the favors federal law offers labor unions that it does not offer other groups is an exemption from employee “whistleblower” protection laws. If union employees or junior officials find financial misconduct and bring it to the attention of union officers, those employees can be fired, sometimes without explanation. (The particulars depend on the employees’ […]

  • Former California SEIU Big-Shot Sentenced to Federal Prison

    Posted on Oct 09, 2013 by Team

    We noted back in 2008 the lavish lifestyle of Tyrone Freeman, the then-president of SEIU’s second-largest local, based in Los Angeles, after reports emerged that he had directed tens of thousands of dollars from the union and a related non-profit to businesses operated by relatives and friends, and spent wildly at a Beverly Hills cigar club and […]

  • MSNBC Labor Writer: Union Officials Can Exploit Union Members

    Posted on Apr 23, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Everyone knows that you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet, but did you also know that union bosses need to exploit a few union members to keep the labor movement strong? That’s what MSNBC’s labor writer argues in the latest issue of Jacobin (an appropriately-named outlet for such a statement, given […]

  • Union Corruption Update: Confessing to Four Percent of the Crime Isn’t Confessing

    Posted on Apr 10, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    The Washington Examiner reports that the former secretary of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers pleaded guilty to embezzling $200,000 in Political Action Committee contributions for which she was responsible. She previously admitted internally to taking $7300: A Department of Labor investigation revealed that she had actually written $502,586 in […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup: “Public Safety” Union Officials Behaving Badly

    Posted on Mar 27, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Federal authorities in San Diego are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of conspiracy and wire fraud against the former head of the National Border Patrol Council, the union of Border Patrol agents. Prosecutors claim that T.J. Bonner “billed personal expenses for wages, travel, meals, tickets to sporting events and other items to the union,” […]

  • Union Corruption Roundup

    Posted on Mar 11, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Fallout continues from the guilty plea of former Worcester County (Maryland) Teachers Association Treasurer Denise Owens. According to the local Salisbury Daily Times, the Maryland State Teachers Association knew about Owens’s embezzlement, but the state union did not report the malfeasance to the authorities “because of potential impact on membership and loss of members.” Prosecutors […]