• A former secretary-treasurer for the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1233 in New Jersey plead guilty to embezzling $71,000 from the union’s coffers. The former secretary-treasurer, Gregory Taylor, admitted to writing himself extra paychecks and using union funds to purchase airline travel and gift cards. At sentencing on May 6, Taylor faces up to five years prison time and $250,000 in fines.
  • The Laborers’ International Union headquartered in Washington, D.C. faces a series of troubling circumstances. First, the Union received a tax lien of $460,736, which it incurred from unpaid taxes and resulting penalties over the past eight years starting in 2004. Second, the Union’s trust fund has employed Leo J. Gannon to head its legislative affairs office, even though Mr. Gannon plead guilty to making false statements to federal investigators. Under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, it is unlawful for a person convicted of lying to hold such a high level position in a union trust fund. Mr. Gannon finally resigned his post as the organization’s registered lobbyist on December 31, 2012, despite pleading guilty to making false statements back in 2003. Third, the union has experienced several management issues, including nepotism and refusing to transfer an employee to a more challenging position because she did not belong to a union—despite working for one.