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 […]

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 […]

Los Angeles-Area UFCW Secretary Charged with Making False Statement

On March 18, Kurt Kittleson, former secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 151D, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a one-count information with making a false statement in a financial report on behalf of the Rancho Palos Verdes (Los Angeles County) union. The charge follows an […]

New Orleans-Area UFCW President Sentenced for Embezzlement

On March 30, Mark Douglas, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1101, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to two years of probation for embezzling funds from the Arabi (near New Orleans) union. He also was ordered to pay restitution to the union in the sum […]

President of Southern California UFCW Local Pleads Guilty to Fraud

On February 11, Aja Jasmin, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 350C, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of wire fraud related to her theft of about $190,000 in funds from the Ontario (San Bernardino County)-based union. She had been charged last October […]

UFCW President in Southern California Charged with Wire Fraud, Identity Theft

On October 30, Aja Jasmin, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 350C, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in a two-count information with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with a scheme to embezzle about $190,000 from the Ontario (San Bernardino County), Calif. union. […]

Ex-UFCW President in North Carolina Sentenced for Embezzlement

Workers at a pork processing plant may not have the most pleasant job in the world, but at least some of them are feeling more confident about where their union dues are going. On July 8, Keith Ludlum, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208, was sentenced in Raleigh federal court to […]

Mobster Sentenced for Racketeering in Brooklyn UFCW Shakedowns

Frank Giovinco was a moneymaker for the Genovese crime family. But where he’s going, the financial opportunities are very limited. On June 22, Giovinco was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to four years in prison, plus three years of supervised release, for acts of racketeering and extortion in the diversion of large sums of funds […]

UFCW Secretary-Treasurer in North Carolina Sentenced for Embezzlement

A decade ago, the appropriately named Terry Slaughter organized slaughterhouse workers. Little did these workers know that he eventually would steal their dues. On February 26, Slaughter, former secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208, was sentenced in Raleigh federal court to six months in prison, to be followed by three years of […]

North Carolina UFCW Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

A slaughterhouse presents potential health and safety hazards for its workers. Union representation, unfortunately, can present economic hazards. On January 28, Keith Ludlum, former president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to conspiracy to steal more than $200,000 from the […]