PERSONAL LIBERTY DIGEST: Employees working with companies to stop corrupt unions

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shows that corruption in union offices across the nation is rampant. Over 300 union locations in the last two years have discovered embezzlement of millions of dollars in union funds (that is just the ones who got caught).

In the past, it was unions fighting against companies, but today, while corporations are indeed engaged in all manner of nefarious activity, it seems that employees prefer that plus getting paid over the way unions currently operate. The movie Four Brothers is a good representation which depicts the corrupt unions in Detroit. But while the UAW continues to be the leader in union corruption, the DOL reported cases involving unions representing a wide range of groups from firefighters to nurses to musicians to plumbers to postal workers.

The mainstream media would have you believe corporations use employees as weapons in their efforts to thwart unions… but it’s employees who are joining with their employers to thwart union corruption.

U-Haul workers are now lobbying the government to address regulations that would make it difficult for unions to organize. According to labor “experts,” this initiative by the workers has all the signs of a company-backed effort. U-Haul has said it did not force workers to participate in this campaign against unionizing, but it supported them by providing the language to use.

In recent times, the business lobby and employers have urged employees to show their resistance against numerous corporate taxes as well as show their solidarity towards recent favorable tax legislation. Columbia University’s political science expert Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, who has just written a book on the topic, said that apart from influencing business policy, corporations are also now increasing using the power of their workers to impact public policy and elections.

Of course, unions have a huge amount of leeway in how, when and where they can solicit employees, make promises and “organize,” while employers are much more restricted, so a company’s ability to “weaponize” an employee is limited.

Workers certainly do not want to lose their jobs and may fear retaliation from the employer, true, but many today don’t want their money used to promote — with ads and donations — political positions they don’t support. In fact, the Supreme Court is going to make a decision on this soon, which could affect public sector unions since they have been notorious in taking people’s money and spending that money on political ads many of their members are not proud of.

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NJ.COM – Ex-union president admits role in health benefits fraud

A former union official accused in a scheme that allegedly defrauded Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield out of about $6.6 million faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a less serious offense.

Former Passaic resident Sergio Acosta, 65, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Trenton to one count of theft/embezzlement of funds from an employee welfare benefit fund.

Acosta, who now lives in Utuado, Puerto Rico, also faces a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 21, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey said in a statement.

 Acosta served as the president of Edison-based United Auto Workers Local 2326 and was responsible for overseeing the local’s benefit plan during his time as president, federal officials said.

As the trustee of the union’s health plan, Acosta failed to collect money from the local union for four to five employees who were covered by the plan. He didn’t admit to personally receiving any money, his attorney Alan Sibler said.

Acosta’s alleged co-conspirator Lawrence Ackerman, 53, of Old Tappan, created two shell companies — Atlantic Business Associates and Atlantic Medical Associates — that he used to market healthcare insurance to people who weren’t actually employed by the companies.

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