Kathy Jackson – Source: www.afr.com
Kathy Jackson, former union official for Australia’s Health Services Union, is being sued by HSU for spending over $1.3 million of union funds on personal expenses such as fine dining, artwork, and expensive toys.
Canadians have had a big win with the passage of C-377. The bill follows America’s lead in requiring union financial transparency. Most importantly, it requires unions to report transactions that exceed $5,000 and the names of officials who earn more than $100,000 a year.
On July 9th, members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers employed at the London Underground went on strike over concerns about some new nightly services. The effect was chaos. Wired reported nearly 1,500 “congestion
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If you haven’t been following it, a group of farmworkers in California has been fighting from being forced into a union that abandoned them 25 years ago (before many of the employees were even born). They just won a huge victory. Read the story – you won’t believe this is happening in America (well, it is California, but you know what I mean).
Pat Santeramo, former president of the Broward Teachers Union In Florida, is facing accusations of roughly $300,000 in theft of union funds thought to be obtained through kickbacks from a contractor, sick and vacation pay obtained through a forged document, and even personal use of BTU credit cards.
The criminal charges against Santeramo are 20 deep and include racketeering and money laundering – charges which have also blocked his bail pending a hearing to confirm that his $480,000 bond doesn’t hail from criminal gains.
Board members finally voiced their suspicions when they noticed the same company, Marstan Construction of Coral Springs, was receiving all of the contract work for the union. Ultimately, these concerns led to an audit which resulted in Santeramo’s arrest. The audit revealed
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Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:
Lori Fowler – UBC: $25,418
David Beard – LIUNA: $7,709
Carlin Dawson – AFSCME: $8,000
Linda Purdy – UAW: $2,787
Jayne Dixon – WU: $2,000
Timothy Shell – BLET: $200
Randy Paulson – BMWE: $2,500
Ava Ramey – UGSOA: $379,000
Pat Santeramo – BTU: $300,000
The president of a Cincinnati public employees union has been indicted by Federal prosecutors for defrauding the union of over $750,000. Diana Frey, president of the Cincinnati Organized and Dedicated Employees, is accused of “knowingly and willfully creating a scheme to take money from the union from at least 2005 to June of this year.” Federal prosecutors say she wrote checks, used credit cards, withdrew money from ATMs and made wire transfers of money from the union to bank accounts she controlled.
Frey was the first and only president of CODE that represents 800 managers, technical employees and nurses employed by the city’s government. Their dues generate about $200,000 a year in dues.
This would not be Frey’s first brush with the law, either. In 1983, Frey was convicted of theft by deception for stealing between $300
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Current charges or sentences of embezzling union officials:
Patsy Fontenot UFCW $6,943.15 Theresa Waters LIUNA $500,000.00 Deidra Lucas AFSCME $5,383.20 Walter Mabry Carpenters $15,000.00
IAM must be hard put to come up with things it can be proud of, if this latest google ad is any indication. I saw this yesterday, and if you google “IAM Union,” you too are likely to see this bit of “bragging:”
WOW! I’d sure like someone to come into my workplace and hand me 300 freshly minted pages of work rules. That should make my life more enjoyable!
On Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN), will hold a hearing entitled, ”The Future of Union Transparency and Accountability.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) was enacted to ensure union transparency and accountability for rank-and-file union members. Among other requirements, it set forth standards for the reporting and disclosure of financial transactions and administrative practices of labor organizations, labor organization officers and employees, and employers, including the election of union officers. From 2001 to 2008, the Office of Labor-Management Standards expanded transparency and accountability protections, but many of these improvements have now been rescinded by the Obama administration.
Thursday’s hearing will give members the opportunity to
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Our quote of the day comes from none other than Ironworkers Local 401 Business Manager Joe Dougherty. When asked to comment on the beating of two non-union construction workers with baseball bats while waiting to work on a picketed union construction site, he offered, “They are insinuating that because we were picketing there, we were involved in this,” Dougherty said, presumably with a straight face, “but we definitely were not.”
And now the line that will cause union members to spit out their cofee with laughter this morning; “We’re not picketing the non-union guys. They have to make a living, too.”
Somehow, I see future employment for these thugs if card-check ever comes to fruition. Link to story here.
Members of a Philadelphia area Teamsters local have picketed a union meeting that was called to announce a change in work offered to members in the lucrative movie industry. The changes were proposed after a Teamsters Independent Review Board report in February found that Local 107 had used a system of “favoritism and nepotism” to award jobs in the movie industry.
The IRB is a three-member panel established under a 1992 federal court decree aimed at ferreting out corruption and organized crime in the union. The change would shift the Philadelphia based work, currently performed by members of Local 107 in Philadelphia, to a local union based in New York. The change would negatively effect roughly 200 members.
Teamster Tony Sgrillo said it best in commenting on 107 President William Hamilton, who was a no-show for the announcement. “If he can’t give the work
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