Frmr. Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement in IL Fed. Ct.

On Feb. 20, 2003, in the U.S. Dist. Court for the Northern Dist. of Illinois, Anthony King, former treasurer of International Bhd. of Electrical Workers Local 533 in Berwyn, Illinois, pled guilty to embezzling $14,450 in union funds between May 1997 and June 1999 (a change of plea). King was charged on January 24, 2003, following an investigation by the Chicago branch of the U.S. Ofc. of Labor-Mgmt. Standards. [OLMS 2/27/03]

Intl. Union Takes Over NC Local Amid Charges of Mishandles Finances
With local members claiming $100,000 in mishandled finances and credit card charges, the Communications Wrkrs. of Amer. imposed a trusteeship on Local 3640 in Winston-Salem late in Feb. Formed only in 2000, the Local represents about 1,100 U.S. Airways ticket workers. A number of frmr. local officials said that members had complained repeatedly of rules violations and misappropriation of funds. But CWA spokeswoman Dina Beaumont simply referred to “officers who said they…could not sort out their problems themselves” and “other internal issues that made it difficult to move forward.” [Winston-Salem Journal 2/25/03]