Union “Expert” Sees “Commonplace” in Nepotism Indictment

“In some unions, it is rather commonplace that negotiators are negotiating for themselves while negotiating for the union.”

Prof. Clyde Summers, dismissing as “difficult to prove,” (acc. to reporter Jeffrey McCracken) the indictment of three Pontiac, Mich., bosses for steering jobs to their unqualified relatives as the price of settling a 1997 strike. [Detroit Free Press  9/26/02]

Ex-Milwaukee Treas. Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Falsification
The frmr. Fin. Secy./Treasurer of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 469 pled guilty on Sept. 17 to embezzling $54,317 from the union, and concealing those excess payments on the union’s financial disclosure form.

Kim M. Connor confessed in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Eastern Dist. of Wisconsin that from Jan. 1996 to Nov. 2000, she wrote $34,281 in union checks to herself, along with $17,831 in false claims for lost work time spent on union business. On the union’s 1999 LM-2 disclosure form filed with the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Connor claimed to have received only $11,199 from the union. She pled guilty to one count of violating U.S.C. 29, Sec. 501(c), and one count of violating U.S.C. 29, Sec. 439(b). She agreed to pay complete restitution. No sentencing date has been set. [U.S.A.O. E.D. WI  9/16/02]