Upstate New York Steelworkers Local President Sentenced

On February 14, Guy Masocco, former president of United Steelworkers of America Local 897, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York to 10 months of home confinement and three years of probation for embezzling from the Cheektowaga, N.Y. (near Buffalo) union, which represents workers at ITT Heat Transfer Inc. He also was ordered to pay $31,701 in restitution. Prosecutors had charged Masocco during December 2004-November 2009 used his union credit card to pay for unauthorized personal expenses. He eventually pleaded guilty in August. The guilty plea and sentencing follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.