Midwest Regional United Workers Comptroller Sentenced

On July 15, Robert Kurtycz, former comptroller for Workers United’s Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to one day in prison (suspended) and three years of supervised release, including one year of home confinement, for conspiracy to commit commercial bribery and wire fraud in relation to his receipt of $85,962 in unauthorized expense reimbursements. He also must pay full restitution and a $200 special assessment. The Chicago-based Joint Board, like Workers United, is an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union. He had pleaded guilty this February after being indicted in May 2019. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards, Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration.