America’s labor unions have amassed quite a federal rap sheet in 2012. According to the Justice Department, union officials nationwide have been arrested for or convicted of embezzlement, extortion, bribery, racketeering, money laundering, fraud, and witness tampering so far this year.
Below are summaries of criminal actions taken against union officials so far this year. Note that these are federal cases, and therefore exclude any criminal activity prosecuted at the local or state levels.
Frederick Meyers, the former president of International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers Local 431, and his daughter, Jessie Bell, Local 431’s pension administrator, were charged with embezzling $85,000 each from the union’s pension fund. http://1.usa.gov/U9LPnm
Peter LoMauro, former organizer and business agent for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 9, pleaded guilty to illegally accepting a $6,000 payment from a business owner who employed Local 9 workers. http://1.usa.gov/U9LW2v