Iron Workers Business Agent in Indiana Sentenced for Extortion

To Thomas Williamson Sr., assault was just a way to do business – nothing personal. Given his new residence, he may need that skill. Last Monday, May 3, Williamson, former business agent for Portage, Ind. -based Iron Workers Local 395, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana to 54 months […]

Southern California UFCW Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty

On April 22, Kurt Kittleson, former secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 151D, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of making a false statement in a financial report on behalf of the Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles County) union. He had been charged in […]

Ex-Head of IBEW Credit Union in Western Pennsylvania Pleads Guilty to $2M+ Theft

How Stacey Shaw managed to avoid detection isn’t certain. But it is fair to say that the union whose interests she allegedly represented isn’t happy. On April 16, Shaw, former president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712 Federal Credit Union, pleaded guilty in Pittsburgh federal court to one charge each of embezzlement and […]

Western New York Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement; Pleads Guilty

Scott Merritt had plenty of time to steal from his union. Now he may be facing time of a different sort. On April 22, Merritt, former financial secretary of Ironworkers Local 470, was charged in a one-count information in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York with embezzling funds from the Jamestown-based […]

AFSCME Local Treasurer’s Daughter in New Jersey Sentenced

On April 20, Jennifer Rogers, former member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2254, was sentenced to six months of electronically monitored home confinement and two years of probation for aiding and abetting her mother’s embezzlement of $40,455 in funds from the Jersey City union. She also was ordered to pay […]

Treasurer of AFGE Local in Louisiana Charged with Forgery

On April 16, Michael Wood, former treasurer of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3957, was charged in an information with one count of forgery against the Grant, La. union. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.   

New Orleans-Area AFGE Local President Sentenced for Forgery

On April 21, Matthew Cuomo, former president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1047, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to three years of probation for forging more than 50 checks totaling about $15,000 from the Kenner-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a […]

Brooklyn Carpenters President Convicted in Bribery Conspiracy

Joining Sal Tagliaferro’s union was easy: Just pay the man in cash. Now it’s the boss’ turn to pay. Yesterday, Tagliaferro, president of United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners Local 926, was found guilty by a Manhattan federal jury of one count each of conspiracy, honest services fraud and conversion of union assets for his […]

NLRB Rules Against Dissenting Delaware Poultry Workers in Dispute with UFCW Local

One of the more enduring principles of labor law in America is that workers who are unhappy with their union representation have the right of exit. The current National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems determined to narrow if not eliminate this right. On April 21, the board, by 3-1, ruled in Mountaire Farms Inc. that […]

Michigan Health Care Union President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

The thefts by Hasan Zahdeh from his union were apparently a lot more than originally suspected. On April 13, Zahdeh, president of the Michigan Union of Healthcare Workers, an affiliate of the National Union of Healthcare Workers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan to one count of embezzling funds […]