• Anthony Fazio Sr., Anthony Fazio Jr., and John Fazio Jr., current and former officers of a New York City local of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), were indicted and arrested on charges of racketeering, extortion, money laundering, and witness tampering, in violation of the Racketeer Influences and Corrupt Organizations Act and other federal laws. Anthony Fazio Sr. and Anthony Fazio Jr. have each served as president, and John Fazio as secretary-treasurer, of UFCW Local 348, which represents 12,000 New York City workers in various industries. The indictment alleges that between 1995 and 2011, utilizing the threat of labor disruptions, the Fazios collectively extorted funds from 12 different employers, including as much as $25,000 per year from at least one employer. The indictment also alleges that John Fazio embezzled and stole funds from the local’s health and benefits plan.
  • The BlueGreen Alliance Inc., a coalition of labor unions and environmental groups; including the United Steelworkers and the Sierra Club, agreed to pay a $6,000 fine to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for reporting violations that occurred last year. The Alliance neglected to report spending almost $95,000 for mailings shortly before the U.S. Senate primary in Arkansas in May 2010, advocating the defeat of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D.) and the election of a challenger, Bill Halter. The Alliance, which reported its own violations to the FEC, should have reported those expenditures under FEC rules requiring disclosure of independent campaign expenditures by political action committees and other organizations and individuals.