Tennessee Machinists Local Office Manager Sentenced for Theft

On April 1, Linda Tickle, former office manager of International Association of Machinists Locals 56 and 1458 in Chattanooga, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee to five months imprisonment and three years probation for embezzling $40,048.72 in union funds. She also will have to make full restitution and pay a $200 special assessment. Tickle had pleaded guilty in March to two counts of embezzlement. The original two-count indictment of last August indicated the total theft to be $30,173.27. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.