These were the ones who got caught!
I could only speculate how many union officials are still getting away with these kinds of things.
Below is a list from the Dept. of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of law enforcement actions taken in 2007 against corrupt union members and officials.
On December 17, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, an information was filed against Kathleen Thompson, former employee of Teamsters Local 325, charging her with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $33,770. On December 21, 2007, Thompson pled guilty to the offense. The plea follows a joint investigation by the OLMS Chicago District Office and the Department of Labor’s Office of the Inspector General. PDF
On December 17, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Anthony Rumore, former President of Teamsters Local 812 and Joint Council 16 was indicted on charges of extortion and embezzlement. Rumore demanded and obtained services from Local 812’s employees, union officers, business agents, and staff, for the personal benefit of himself and his family. These personal services were unrelated to any union business and interfered with the employees’ ability to perform legitimate work on behalf of Local 812’s members. Local 812’s employees complied with Rumore’s demands due to fear that Rumore would cause them economic harm, including the loss of their employment with Local 812.
On December 14, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Kathy Rankin, former Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Transportation Communications Union Local 512, was sentenced to three years probation. Special conditions of her probation require her to serve three months in the home confinement program and make restitution in the amount of $15,622.34. On October 12, 2007, Rankin pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the same amount. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS St. Louis District Office.
On December 13 and 17, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Debra Timko and Danny Iverson, former Presidents of SEIU Local 150, were sentenced for failing to maintain union records. Timko was sentenced to six months home confinement, three years probation, and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $38,795.10. Iverson was sentenced to three years probation and was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $24,853. On August 23, 2007, Timko and Iverson both pled guilty to two counts of failing to maintain union records. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
On December 13, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, an information was filed against Carolyn M. Wallace, former President of Steelworkers Local 02-356, charging her with one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $25,200. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Milwaukee District Office.
On December 12, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Jeffery Berger, a New York City school bus inspector, was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft and bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds, in violation of 18 USC 371. He was arrested and released on a $1 million bond. The charge follows a joint investigation by the OLMS New York District Office, the FBI, and the Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General of the New York City school bus industry that uncovered the existence of corruption in Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, the primary union that represents drivers and escorts for school bus companies in New York City.
On December 13, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Kathleen Drake, former Financial Secretary of Machinists Lodge 2339-C, was charged with, making false entries in union records. The charge follows an investigation by the OLMS Cleveland District Office.
On December 12, 2007, in the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County, Wesley Leroy Wicks, former President of Graphic Communications International Union Local 1-C, pled guilty to one count of theft of $500.00 or greater. Subsequently, Wicks was sentenced to three years of probation, and paid restitution to the local in the amount of $4,804.70. The plea and sentencing follow an investigation by the OLMS Washington District Office.
On December 10, 2007, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Danny E. Beyser, former Financial Secretary of Mine Workers Local 1638, was sentenced to one year and a day of incarceration, three years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $80,135.40, and a $100 special assessment. On October 2, 2007, Beyser pled guilty to one count of embezzling over $70,000 in union funds. The sentencing follows an investigation by the OLMS Pittsburgh District Office.
On December 5, 2007, in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, Paula Adair-Butts, former office secretary for Plasterers Local 577, pled guilty to embezzling union funds in the amount of $28,480. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS Denver District Office.
You can see the exhaustive list here U.S. Department of Labor — Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) — Recent Criminal Enforcement Actions.
The labor unions have contributed over half a billion dollars to the Democrat Party since the 1990’s. This Democrat/labor union partnership have made the Democrat Party obligated to furnish the unions with political paybacks at the expense of the nation, this is the main reason why the country along with individual states lie in such financial ruin.
The information below is from OpenSecrets.org, they have a lot of financial data on the Democrat Party/organized labor political machine.
The labor sector has been active in politics for decades. However, the past generation has been marked by diminishing ranks amid a changing economy, a pattern of deregulation and expanding free trade.
In the 2008 election cycle, labor focused its funds on independent expenditures, helping many pro-labor Democrats get elected. But it has struggled to win congressional support in 2009 for its legislative priority — the Employee Free Choice Act
Union contributions to candidates 2009-2010 election cycle.
TOTAL AMOUNT OF UNION CONTRIBUTIONS TO CANDIDATES FROM 1990-2010.
That’s 92% to 8%, so we can see clearly that unions are the biggest special interest group to be represented by the Democrat Party.
Here is a link with more info. OpenSecrets.org
It is obvious that these corrupt unions and the Democrats who represent them are not going to go away quietly, Wisconsin is a clear demonstration of what these thieves and thugs will do when they don’t get their way.
I find it encouraging, despite the overwhelming support that Democrats receive from unions, that the opposition will still win elections and there is a good reason for this.
What might be “good” for labor unions is often bad for the country and when unions get their way businesses and taxpayers suffer while the Democrats and union bosses are laughing all the way to the bank claiming they are for the “little guy”.
People are beginning to see right through this, with the information we have widely available online and through radio, America is becoming more informed on what is going on in this country and the world.
America is now seeing how damaging labor unions are to our economy and how they empower Democrats to pass legislation that give unions more money through fees collected by an increase in union membership rolls.
Two examples that come to mind is Obamacare, that will increase the size of the federal government (thus increasing union membership) and the TSA which is becoming unionized this year will add thousands of new members to the American Federation of Government Employees union’s membership roll.
The size of the federal government increases union membership rolls increase as well.
Just think how much money the unions will grab from these worker’s paychecks and send it to Democrat candidates and causes?
When the Democrats win elections they expand the size of government this increases union size and income which they in turn give to Democrats, who in turn increase the size of the government (unions) and the ugly cycle repeats itself.
2012 can’t get here soon enough.