• A jury in Boston convicted Frank Rago, the former president of International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1604, on two counts of unlawful labor payments for securing a “no show” job and one count of document falsification for forging employee benefit plan reports.
  • In a New York federal court, James Minter, a former International Union of Operating Engineers trustee and organizer, pleaded guilty to one count of felony racketeering. Minter admitted to using fear and intimidation, including acts of bodily harm, destruction of property, and workplace sabotage, in an effort to obtain wages, benefits, and jobs for union members.
  • A federal indictment for former “Sandhogs” union employee benefit funds administrator, Melissa King, was obtained through the efforts of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Labor Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service. According to the 12-count indictment, King set up a shell corporation and then funneled over $42 million in pension funds into an account for her corporation. From 2002 to 2009, King allegedly transferred over $40 million from her company account to pay her personal expenses.
  • A federal indictment filed in New York federal court alleges that former United Craft and Industrial Workers Union Local 91 president, Warren Annunziata, accepted more than $500,000 in bribes during his tenure with the union. According to the indictment, Annunziata solicited and collected cash payments from companies whose employees belonged to Local 91. The acceptance of these payments violates the Labor-Management Relations Act.
  • IBT President James Hoffa placed Chicago-based IBT Local 706 under trusteeship due to the Local’s financial difficulties. Local 706 represents newspaper drivers and press operators. It began experiencing financial difficulties as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times laid off many of their employees due to the financial crisis plaguing the newspaper industry. John Coli, an IBT vice president, will serve as trustee over Local 706 and will assume day-to-day operations of the union.