Steelworkers Local Financial Secretary in Georgia Pleads Guilty

On March 24, Johnny Banes, former financial secretary for Local 2401 of the United Steelworkers, pleaded guilty in the Superior Court of Cobb County (Georgia) to theft of union funds in the amount of $38,329. He then was sentenced to ten years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the same amount. The union is located in Mableton, a suburb of Atlanta. The sentencing follows a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.