Former New Jersey APWU President Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) announced its criminal enforcement data for December 2008

Guilty Pleas
Former APWU Local 190 President Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

On Dec. 5, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Gary Weightman, former president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 190 (located in Clifton, N.J.), pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion. Weightman originally was charged with conspiracy to embezzle union funds in the amount of approximately $400,000. The plea follows an investigation by the OLMS New York District Office.

Former APWU Local 1091 President Charged with Grand Larceny

On Dec. 17, in the Criminal Court of White Plains, N.Y., Thomas Daniels, former president of APWU 1091 (located in White Plains, N.Y.), was charged with one count of grand larceny in the third degree for the theft of approximately $4,250 in union funds. The charge follows a joint investigation by OLMS New York District Office and the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General.

Enforcement Actions and Civil Complaints

NPMHU Local 308 Enters into Voluntary Compliance Agreement with OLMS

On Dec. 17, OLMS entered into a voluntary compliance agreement with the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 308 (located in Philadelphia, Pa.) concerning the election of officers conducted on Feb. 16, 2008. The union agreed to conduct new nominations and a new election, under OLMS supervision, for the offices of branch president-Philadelphia Bulk Mail Center and Pennsylvania state executive board member. The OLMS investigation of the challenged election disclosed that the union improperly applied a candidate eligibility requirement, which denied a member in good standing the right to be a candidate. The agreement follows an investigation by the OLMS Philadelphia District Office.

Source: Dept. of Labor