The president of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1964 was charged with accepting $150,000 in bribes over the course of a decade from a company that employed ILA members. The unnamed employer allegedly paid these bribes to Glenn Blicht in order to keep the union from pursuing arbitration claims against the company.
Also in July, former Chicago Teamsters boss, John Coli Sr. pleaded guilty to corruption charges stemming from an extortion scheme. Coli also agreed to cooperate with federal authorities and to provide “complete and truthful testimony” in relation to any ongoing investigation. Coli has had significant relationships with some of Chicago’s most powerful elected officials.
Rhondalyn Cornett, former president of a teachers union in Indianapolis, also pleaded guilty last month for embezzling more than $100,000 from the labor group.
Last week, former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton was finally revealed as one of the top UAW officials who orchestrated the embezzlement of training center funds. The complaint that named Ashton also charges Mike Grimes with wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering. And finally, Norwood Jewell was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in accepting over $90,000 in illegal payments from FCA.