• According to a complaint filed by a former NFL Players Association director of human services, the U.S. Department of Labor is investigating alleged collusion between the union and team owners. The complaint claims that former NFLPA president, Troy Vincent, and other officials secretly gave NFL owners confidential information as negotiations over a disfavored collective bargaining agreement approached as a means to garner external support for Vincent. The complaint also claims that Vincent benefited from favors and gifts in return for influence of the NFLPA and that several player representatives also participated in clandestine meetings with management. Neither the NFLPA nor the DOL commented on the allegations.
  • Two former board members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, Nick Maddalone and Paul Maddalone, pled guilty in the Southern District of New York to charges of extorting cash through economic means from New York City school bus company owners and face maximum prison sentences of up to 20 years. The brothers are the fourth and fifth Local 1181 officials to be convicted in a series of cases stemming from an ongoing investigation by the FBI, DOL, and NYC Police Department into corruption at the local, which represents 15,000 school bus drivers and escorts employed by companies serving the NYC Education Department. Prosecutors allege that the local has been influenced and controlled by the Genovese Mafia family since the 1970s. United States v. Maddalone, S.D.N.Y., No. 09-CR-550.
  • Former American Federation of Government Employees Local 1304, Don Padgett, was sentenced to a prison term of 21 months as a result of his participation in a scheme to fraudulently obtain union funds for his own use. Padgett pled guilty and, in addition to the prison sentence, was ordered to pay restitution of $185,042. United States v. Padgett, S.D. Ill., No. 3:09-CR-30024.