Transportation Union Secretary in Illinois Sentenced for Theft, Coverup

On April 20, Wendy Buch, former secretary-treasurer for Transportation Communications Union (TCU) Local Lodge T-574, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to five years of probation for embezzling funds from the Shiloh, Ill. union. She also was ordered to pay $11,957.34 in restitution and a $150 special assessment. Buch had pleaded guilty last December to embezzlement and concealment. TCU is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.