• Lanny F. Pauley, the former secretary treasurer of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1412 pleaded guilty for embezzling $20,325 from the union. Pauley admitted that he wrote checks to himself and misused the union credit card. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and a possible order of restitution.
  • The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has fined the Empire State Regional Council of Carpenters for reporting and accounting violations. The union had received approximately $2.2 million dollars in political action committee contributions. The funds were kept in an escrow account. The union violated FEC regulations by failing to transfer the funds to a PAC account within 30 days of receipt.
  • Over the summer, violent demonstrations have been escalating in response to grain exporter EGT’s decision to use workers not represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. In the latest incident, occurring on September 7th and 8th, approximately 500 angry longshoremen, some with baseball bats and crowbars, tore down the gates of EGT’s grain terminal. According to police reports, they held six security guards hostage as they rampaged through the terminal. On September 15th, a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a contempt order, finding that the union violated a temporary restraining order requested by the NLRB, which was later turned into a preliminary injunction, intended to deter union members from engaging in violent demonstrations.   On September 22nd, the union filed a civil rights suit accusing local police officials of conducting a campaign of intimidation against the union, including the use of excessive force on its members. Shortly thereafter, on September 26th, the president of the union surrendered to police to face misdemeanor charges for trespassing and blocking and delaying a train, relating to the September 7th protest.