Pennsylvania Utility Workers Ex-Local President Sentenced; Another Indicted


utility-workers-logoUtility Workers Union of America Local 475 must be having a tough time finding a few honest men. On July 16, John Vetterly, Jr., former president of the Rochester (Beaver County), Pa.-based union was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to nine months of house arrest and five years of probation for embezzling $26,605 in funds from its coffers. He also was ordered to pay restitution, plus interest and a fine of 10 percent of the embezzled funds.  Vetterly had pleaded guilty in March after being indicted last October. Unfortunately, another former Local 475 president, Michael Trembulak, had a similar problem. Less than two weeks later, on July 29, Trembulak was indicted on one count of embezzling $31,528 in union funds during April 19, 2012-September 18, 2012. The actions in each case follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.