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Sunday, January 07, 2018

As the UAW, Fiat Chrysler and federal investigators unravel a scandal over the misappropriation of millions of dollars meant for worker training, federal records show that embezzling from union offices is endemic around the country.

U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show.

Two UAW incidents uncovered in 2017, one in Michigan and the other in New Jersey, exceed the $1-million mark, among the biggest labor theft cases in a decade.

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Cases involved unions representing nurses, aerospace engineers, firefighters, teachers, film and TV artists, air traffic controllers, musicians, bus inspectors, bakery workers, roofers, postal workers, machinists, ironworkers, steelworkers, dairy workers, plasterers, train operators, plumbers, stagehands, engineers, electricians, heat insulators, missile range workers and bricklayers.

Individual cases compiled by the Office of Labor-Management Standards last year cite theft and fraud ranging from $1,051 to nearly $6.5 million.

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This has been going on for decades and is antithetical to the whole idea behind unions.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-07 10:38 PM | Reply

"U.S. Department of Labor documents obtained by the Free Press show embezzlement from hundreds of union offices nationwide over the past decade. In just the past two years, more than 300 union locations have discovered theft, often resulting in more than one person charged in each instance, the records show."

Most important sentence in this anti-union screed.

Another sentence of note:
"Unions are not unique," said Peter Henning, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Wayne State University. "Another group hit hard by embezzlement are churches. You can't train people to be ethical. It's just access to money."

You don't think this goes on in the coroporate world? Think again.
You don't think this goes on in the government? Think again.
You don't think this goes on within Republican PACs, think again.

But, why is it only so notable when it is unions? Because the authors want to help destroy unions.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 08:24 AM | Reply

Embezzlement is more difficult than you might believe in the publicly held corporate world because of all the independent auditing requirements.

Corporations are a lot like people, some are better than others but none are a hundred percent good or bad.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-01-08 11:00 AM | Reply

"Embezzlement is more difficult than you might believe in the publicly held corporate world because of all the independent auditing requirements. "

Same thing is true for unions, how do you think they catch them and prosecute them?

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 11:52 AM | Reply

Sorry Danni, this article is from the Detroit Free Press, one of the most ardently liberal papers in the US.

As I said previously, corruption is corruption, whataboutism is deflection. What pisses you off is that this can't be blamed on the GOP.

Anyone who has been observing the behaviour of top Union officials over the past 60 years is not surprised by this at all, oversight on Unions is mostly nonexistent at the office level, and at the National level they are too busy figuring out how to embezzle huge amounts of money to keep an eye on the little guys.

Something has to be done about this, since there are millions of hard working union members that are getting harmed by this.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 12:35 PM | Reply

You don't think this goes on in the deflection world? Think again.
You don't think this goes on in the dodge,? Think again.
You don't think this goes on within whataboutism, think again.
#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 08:24 AM

Those are some prime examples.

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-08 12:44 PM | Reply

"But, why is it only so notable when it is unions?"

It's not, for Christs sakes.

This is the first thread I've seen on this. Meantime, I've seen hundreds and hundreds of articles on the other 3 areas you referenced where embezzlement is a problem.

You're going to cry about 1 article on embezzlement from unions and claim it's biased?

wow....you're just,....out there Danni.

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-08 12:49 PM | Reply

"You're going to cry about 1 article on embezzlement from unions and claim it's biased?"

Why pretend it's a problem limited to unions unless there is an ideolotical motive?

"Anyone who has been observing the behaviour of top Corporate officials over the past 60 years is not surprised by this at all"

FTFY

#8 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 01:46 PM | Reply

"This is the first thread I've seen on this. Meantime, I've seen hundreds and hundreds of articles on the other 3 areas you referenced where embezzlement is a problem. "

I've worked for several medium sized corporations where imbezzlement by top officers of the corporation were caught imbezzling. I had a very close friend who stole from company after company, never saw a jail cell.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 01:48 PM | Reply

And no, none of her closest friends had any idea she was doing it until it had gone of for many years.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-08 01:49 PM | Reply

"Why pretend it's a problem limited to unions unless there is an ideolotical motive?"

who is pretending anything of the sort?

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-08 03:03 PM | Reply

The people who are jailed are the office clerks and receptionists who pilfer from the petty cash box.

#12 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-01-08 04:07 PM | Reply

#9

Focus Danni, this is about the Unions, no matter how hard you try to deflect away from it.

#13 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 04:14 PM | Reply

I had a "very close friend" who stole from company after company, never saw a jail cell.

Sure you did...and this involved embezzlement from unions by union officials in what way...?

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 04:18 PM | Reply

"I had a very close friend who stole from company after company.."

LOL

#15 | Posted by eberly at 2018-01-08 04:19 PM | Reply

But, why is it only so notable when it is unions? Because the authors want to help destroy unions.

#2 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2018-01-08 08:24 AM | FLAG: Unions have been doing a good job of destroying themselves.

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2018-01-08 04:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's funny how none of the Usual Suspects on the DR Left are even touching this thread...

I thought for sure that Talking Point Tony would be on here to defend organized labor, since they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

He must be gluten free now.

#17 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-08 10:30 PM | Reply

Institutions LIE and misappropriate by their obvious design, then complain being denied exemptions. People cannot be trusted with their own money, let alone potentially millions invested in the organizations they oversee. With so many vendetta on the plate, robot overlords please hurry up the invasion process!

#18 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-10 12:32 PM | Reply

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