Helen Greene, the frmr. no. 2 official in Dist. Council 37 of the Amer, Fed. of State, County & Municipal Employees pled guilty on Oct. 24 to falsification of union records, and was sentenced to 5 yrs. probation.
Until her Apr. 25, 2001, indictment, Greene was the only top DC37 boss to emerge unscathed in a string of rigged contract votes and elections, along with nearly $6 million in kickbacks and other thefts, that have led to more than 30 convictions of DC37 officials. Appearing before Justice Michael Orbus in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Greene agreed to repay the $13,000 her crimes cost the union. [NY Newsday 10/25/02]
NY Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement
On Oct. 11, 2002, in the U.S. Dist. Ct. for the N. Dist. of NY, Anthony Brock, former treasurer of Steelworkers Local Union #4-6989, was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay $12,573.40 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement on May 29, 2002. The charges were brought following an investigation by the Buffalo branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [DOL OLMS 10/25/02]
Employee Who Worked during Strike must “Live with Antipathy” of Union Bosses
“If you crossed a picket line…the antipathy of the union leaders is something you will have to learn to live with.
…Life is inherently unfair.”
Flint Journal columnist Bruce Williams, responding on Oct. 21, 2002, to a unionized employees who worked during a strike “because of finances and my family’s need for medical insurance,” and who is now “doubtful of the diligence of the union” in representing him in a workman’s compensation dispute with his employer.