These stories are all from the last month:
3rd Union Leader on Leave Amid Financial Inquiry
The vice president, Annelle Grajeda, is the third major official of the union to be placed on leave in recent months amid accusations of misspending union money.
The Los Angeles Times reported the union’s Los Angeles local paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to companies owned by chapter President Tyler Freeman’s wife and mother-in-law and also spent a lot of money at luxury venues such as the Four Seasons Resort and Morton’s Steak House.
Enforcement agency announces 10 criminal convictions and 8 indictments for July 2008. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) today announced its criminal enforcement data for July 2008. During the month, OLMS obtained 10 convictions, eight indictments and court orders of restitution totaling more than $500,000. The office’s totals for fiscal year 2008 (which began on Oct. 1, 2007) now stand at 87 convictions and 112 indictments, with restitution of more than $3 million. Since 2001, OLMS has obtained 889 criminal convictions. The bulk of the cases have involved the embezzlement of union funds.
EDITORIAL: Getting to the bottom of things
Aug 21, 2008 … The trial was hardly under way when former chancellor Roy Johnson was called to the stand to testify. Under oath, he discussed how the head of the Alabama Education Association, Paul Hubbert, and Speaker of the House Seth Hammett came to him to get a job for Schmitz — one of the AEA’s most dependable allies in the House. Johnson testified that the speaker and another legislator found a job and the money to pay for it, and that Schmitz took the job and the money but did no work.
Ex-bookkeeper allegedly embezzled longshore union
LOS ANGELES—An ex-bookkeeper has been indicted for allegedly embezzling $108,000 from the South Los Angeles office of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union.
Ex-union secretary in Pa. accused of embezzlement
The Associated Press Article Last Updated: 08/26/2008 03:38:18 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH—Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say a western Pennsylvania woman embezzled more than $87,000 from the United Steelworkers of America.
Prosecutors say between June 2006 and January, 42-year-old Donna Simpson of East McKeesport embezzled the money from a bank account for the Steelworkers Organization for Active Retirees. Prosecutors say Simpson was working as a field secretary for the union at the time and wrote 82 unauthorized checks to herself.
Former Union Secretary Convicted Of Embezzling
Two years on probation, with 90 days of those being served under house arrest is the sentence for a Lima woman convicted of taking money from an area union. Amy Cross pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzling from the Utility Workers Local 308 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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Some of the real crimes are legal and hence not crimes at all.
My local Cincinnati Firefighters can get a call that someone is having a heart attack. They will send out a fully staffed fire truck to investigate. Once the first guys investigate, they will call for the firemen’s ambulance that will take the person to the hospital. You probably have at least 10 firemen involved in every call. You probably need three with the ambulance. Most of what they do is make-work stuff. Because of increases in technology and improved building codes we don’t have many fires anymore. They have to do something to justify their existence.
I know some local firefighters and they are good men and honorable public servants. I respect them and service they provide. They could do just as much with less though.
Our school unions haven’t been any better. I haven’t taught nor have I been trained to teach, but I doubt I could do much worse than some of the results coming out of the Cincinnati Public Schools. I am convinced those teachers don’t teach anyway at some of them. A friend of mine went to one of the worst in the City as a sub and they told him he could stay all year on the first day (just for showing up). He got to the classroom and the kids were fighting so hard they were drawing blood. They didn’t listen to him one bit. After one day he left and never went back.
I support the Walter Williams argument of academic triage.
From wiki: Triage is a process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition so as to treat as many as possible when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately.
First determine who can be saved, then try to save the most with what you have. Over one in five kids in the Cincinnati Public Schools is listed as disabled. That is district wide. In the bad schools it is the highest. That is an amazing statistic. And it has grown significantly over this decade.
The government pays for some of the disabled kids through SSI (not all of those kids get SSI, but I would love to know the number and how it has changed over the years). I have heard of psychologists that have been offered money or sexual favors for an SSI disabled qualification. The mothers approach the session like a job interview trying to convince them to sign off to get the check. There are women here with multiple disabled kids and I think each one gets 600+ a month. They have websites that coach people on how to attain social security disability for children.
And imagine if your child had to attend a class where other kids were coached to be disruptive. Imagine how bad that is for our system of public education. Who would have thought that if you pay good money for children with disabilities you will wind up with more children with disabilities?
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