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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How to tell if your union is corrupt

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The Oregonion recommends:

1. The handy Union Corruption Update from the National Legal Policy Center

2. The U.S. Department of Labor's convenient Recent Criminal Enforcement Actions

Excerpt: On April 25, 2007, in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Marlene Watson, former President of the Associated Field Representatives (AFR), was indicted on one count of embezzlement of labor union assets in the amount of $9,030 and one count of making a false statement in an annual financial disclosure report. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.

3. Determine if your union is using members' mandatory dues or fees for purposes other than collective bargaining, against your will: in particular - for political causes or candidates you oppose, or against political causes or candidates you support.

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