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SEIU Boss Accused of Assault

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kpix cbs san francisco bay areaA powerful SEIU boss appears to have an anger management problem. He’s accused of pushing a process server down some steps causing injury. It’s also alleged that the union thug tried to intimidate a police officer who showed up to investigate the matter.

The vice president of a union representing two million members has been accused of assaulting a process server at his Kensington home, and intimidating a police officer investigating the incident.

Dave Regan is accused of pushing a process server down the steps of his Kensington home, refusing to be served legal documents in a dispute with the California Hospital Association.

Police say the server was injured and had to have medical treatment…

Kensington police Chief Kevin Hart says the case is now headed to the District Attorney’s office…

In 2008, Regan was at a now notorious labor meeting in Michigan that erupted into violence. In 1995, police in Ohio arrested him for disorderly conduct.

 

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A powerful SEIU boss appears to have an anger management problem. He’s accused of pushing a process server down some steps causing injury. It’s also alleged that the union thug tried to intimidate a police officer who showed up to investigate the matter. The vice president of a union representing two million members has been […]

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Using SEIU Members to Grow Big Government

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freedom foundationThe president of Americans for Limited Government Foundation, Nathan Mehrens, explains how SEIU uses its members to maintain its sprawling empire and grow Big Government – while doing little for many of its members. Mr. Mehrens also discusses how frequently union officials are convicted of stealing from their unions.

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The president of Americans for Limited Government Foundation, Nathan Mehrens, explains how SEIU uses its members to maintain its sprawling empire and grow Big Government – while doing little for many of its members. Mr. Mehrens also discusses how frequently union officials are convicted of stealing from their unions.

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National Legal and Policy Center: SEIU Local Secretary-Treasurer in Ohio Sentenced

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On October 23, Rena Opre, former secretary-treasurer for Service Employees International Union Local 323, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to paying a $250 fine and a $25 special assessment for falsifying financial records of the Chicago-based union. Opre, a resident of Toledo, had pleaded guilty in May after being charged in March. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

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By Carl Horowitz On October 23, Rena Opre, former secretary-treasurer for Service Employees International Union Local 323, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to paying a $250 fine and a $25 special assessment for falsifying financial records of the Chicago-based union. Opre, a resident of Toledo, had pleaded guilty in May […]

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Guilty! SEIU 721 Treasurer Cedric Hughes Pleads to $15K Theft

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Cedric Hughes, former SEIU Local 721 treasurer, pleaded guilty to embezzling $15K from union members after indictment on embezzlement, 5 counts wire fraud

SEIU Local 721 former treasurer Cedric Hughes reached a whole new level of brazen, as we wrote earlier, writing unauthorized checks to himself and making withdrawals with the union debit card for himself. He even faked losing his checkbook in a stolen truck when confronted. Now, justice has caught up, and Hughes is pleading guilty to his theft:

On September 8, Cedric Hughes, former treasurer of the United Union of Professionals, also known as Service Employees International Union Local 721, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of embezzlement of funds from the Los Angeles union in the amount of $15,193.

The bigger issue here is that Local 721’s leadership has some serious explaining to do for his actions of Cedric Hughes. In the swearing-in ceremony, all SEIU Local 721 leadership swore the following oath:

“I will not knowingly wrong a member or see a member wronged if it is in my power to defend him.”

Cedric Hughes did knowingly wrong every member of Local 721. Dues collected by the union came straight from the paychecks of the 71,000 members the union had during Hughes’ tenure. These members trusted the union. This failure also extends to any other member of leadership of the union who did not act to make sure there was an appropriate accounting of this money. Those with the power to act have done their members a disservice.

And at an even higher level, SEIU International Union should have some culpability as well. Hughes’ indictment for fraud came just two months after SEIU Local 6436 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 3 years in jail for embezzlement and fraud. There needs to be more accountability and responsibility from the top of the organization to make sure all SEIU members are defended from this kind of action.

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Cedric Hughes, former SEIU Local 721 treasurer, pleaded guilty to embezzling $15K from union members after indictment on embezzlement, 5 counts wire fraud SEIU Local 721 former treasurer Cedric Hughes reached a whole new level of brazen, as we wrote earlier, writing unauthorized checks to himself and making withdrawals with the union debit card for […]

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SEIU Steals Data to Harass Employees, Gets Restraining Order

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SEIU-Local-721-Restraining-Order-SBPEAThe Service Employees International Union SEIU Local 721 stole personnel information from San Bernardino Public Employees Association to harass employees

It seems that the SEIU Local 721 has taken their notoriously aggressive tactics to the next level:

The SEIU, illegally, took the private personnel information of San Bernardino County employees—email address, cell phone number, home addresses and more—to contact them, demanding, threatening and harassing the workers…

What’s more, the SEIU had a restraining order filed and granted against them:

Today San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Thomas Peterson granted a temporary restraining order requested by San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU is conducting a decertification campaign against SBPEA to become the collective bargaining representative for more than 11,000 San Bernardino County employees.

In the SEIU Local 721’s attempt to poach San Bernadino’s employees from the SBPEA, it appears they illegally obtained personal home addresses and phone numbers of current SBPEA members. Despite the fact that this information supposed to be confidential, the employees started getting phone calls and mailers from the SEIU. These employees claimed that the communications from the SEIU.

Below is a copy of the restraining order:

  SEIU Local 721 SBPEA San Bernadino Restraining Order

From the document:

SEIU . . . [is] restrained and enjoined from using and disclosing to anyone Plaintiff’s members’ confidential personal information (including, but not limited to, home addresses, home and personal phone numbers, and emergency contact information) that was obtained from the County San Bernardino’s employee records whether such information was obtained from the County of San Bernardino from SEIU, obtained from the County of San Bernardino by any of SEIU’s agents or employees, or obtained from the County of San Bernardino by a third party and provided to SEIU.”

This is not the first time an outside union has attempted to poach workers from the SBPEA. In August of 2013, the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) also attempted to decertify the SBPEA. They were not successful.

The SEIU Local 721’s attempt to decertify the SBPEA shows that they are still more intent on growing by annex rather than growing by appeal. Harassing people into joining your union does not turn them into fans of the organization. While they may ultimately vote your way, they will still harbor resentment that can undermine the long term goals of the organization.

What’s more, this means that the SEIU is spending their resources at gaining new members by force, rather than ensuring that their own members are taken care of. If the union were to spend half of the money used to harass potential members on taking care of their own members, they may be able to have a better case to make when trying to get new members. But this approach seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Ultimately, the SEIU’s strategy is failing, and will continue to fail. The overall size of the SEIU is shrinking. Rather than facing the underlying issues of corruption, mismanagement and scandal, they double down on them. Breaking the law again follows a terrible precedent that sadly the SEIU seems bent on not changing anytime soon.

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The Service Employees International Union SEIU Local 721 stole personnel information from San Bernardino Public Employees Association to harass employees It seems that the SEIU Local 721 has taken their notoriously aggressive tactics to the next level: The SEIU, illegally, took the private personnel information of San Bernardino County employees—email address, cell phone number, home […]

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Cedric Hughes, Former SEIU Local 721 Treasurer, Alledgedly Swipes $15K from Union

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cedric-earl-hughes-seiu-local-721-uupFormer Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 Treasurer Cedric Hughes was indicted for five counts of wire fraud and a count of embezzlement.

Less than two months after SEIU Local 6434 President Tyrone Ricky Freeman was sentenced to three years in jail, yet another SEIU official is being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Cedric Hughes is the latest in a line of corrupt SEIU officials who found the money too good not to steal:

Hughes, who served in his position from March 2009 through June 2010, wrote unauthorized checks to himself and made unauthorized cash withdrawals and debit card transactions with the union’s debit card totaling $15,194. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

While Cedric Hughes’ embezzlement didn’t quite reach the levels of money that Tyrone Freeman’s, his betrayal of trust is no less concerning to SEIU membership. As Staff Union Treasurer, Hughes had access to the Chase Bank account for the United Union Professionals, the Staff Union for SEIU Local 721. According to the indictment filed in the Central District of California US District Court (full document at end of this article), it was this account Hughes treated as a personal credit card:

In order to conceal the withdrawals from officers at UUP and to continue making withdrawals undetected, defendant HUGHES knowingly and falsely told UUP officers that the checkbook and other financial records for the UUP Chase Account had gone missing when defendant HUGHES’s truck was stolen.

The lengths Hughes went to in order to conceal his fraud can only be described as brazen. Not only did Hughes knowingly misappropriate union funds for personal use, but he went so far as to lie to the officers of the staff union. While the indictment doesn’t mention whether his truck was actually stolen, Cedric Hughes actions cast doubt on his entire character.

The fact that Hughes is, at a minimum, the third SEIU official to be charged with embezzling union funds in 2013 points to serious issues within SEIU’s management and oversight. Unless changes are made, we expect to see even more of these stories in 2014. As we said with Tyrone Freeman, Cedric Hughes would’ve never gotten away with what he did without a complacence atmosphere of SEIU corruption telling him that it was okay.

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Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 Treasurer Cedric Hughes was indicted for five counts of wire fraud and a count of embezzlement. Less than two months after SEIU Local 6434 President Tyrone Ricky Freeman was sentenced to three years in jail, yet another SEIU official is being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Cedric […]

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Tyrone Freeman, SEIU Embezzler, Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

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Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of prison for 14 charges, which included embezzlement and fraud.

We’ve discussed the charges, the sentencing and even given you a glimpse into an evening with Freeman, where his extravagance with union member’s dues money is on full display. But one of the most interesting views comes from the LA Times, which offers this insight into the last few moments before the sentencing, where Freeman breaks down in tears:

Before Collins imposed the sentence, Freeman stood before the judge and cried as he asked for leniency, acknowledging that his “bad decisions” hurt the workers and his family.

“May God have mercy on me,” said Freeman, 44, wearing a dark business suit. “I am accountable for these bad decisions.”

On Monday, prosecutors said they believed the sentence for Freeman was fair, although they had asked for a prison term of more than three years. “He abused some of the poorest working-class members of this community,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Elisa Fernandez said.

A rival union whose leaders left the SEIU after resisting efforts to shift some of their members to Freeman’s local welcomed Monday’s sentence. “People in SEIU’s leadership knew there was something wrong in the local for years and did nothing about it,” said John Borsos, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

SEIU Local 6434 and the union’s national office did not respond to requests for comment.

One of the most important factors that brought about the trial and sentencing of Tyrone Freeman was the promulgation of the Department of Labor’s Form LM-2 regulation. This regulation for the first time disclosed detailed union financial information. This disclosure regulation was strongly opposed by unions.

It was because a whistleblower took a look at the Form LM-2 and recognized that something was wrong that investigators began reviewing the union’s expenses. As quoted earlier, it had been obvious to the SEIU International union that something was wrong, but nothing was done. To the SEIU, petty theft is not as significant of a problem as bad publicity.

This fits with the theory of SEIU responsibility, which is that as long as your problems don’t extend to the point of harming the overall union, they won’t call you out. In fact they would prefer to have something negative to hold over  leaders like Tyrone Freeman, so that they can later penalize and replace them if they act out of line. After all, if they do nothing wrong, it’s much harder to replace them with someone friendlier to their goals.

The SEIU has a long history of fighting transparency measures. You can see that in some of our previous articles. This case, however, shows how long they’re willing to go before calling out one of their own members. Tyrone Freeman would’ve never gotten away with what he did without a complacence atmosphere of SEIU corruption telling him that it was okay.

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of […]

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An Evening with the SEIU’s Tyrone Freeman

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss: Read More

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss:

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Guilty! SEIU President Tyrone Freeman Convicted for Embezzlement

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Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU Local 6434 president, has been convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, mail fraud and more- 14 criminal counts in total. This could mean a jail sentence of up to 180 years for 43-year-old Freeman, who will be sentenced in April.

“This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after the verdict. “Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent.”

As we’ve stated in our previous SEIU Monitor coverage of the Tyrone Freeman trial, a 180 year sentence is not likely, but hopefully justice will be served for the SEIU members whose dues money he recklessly spent on extravagance for himself.

While many SEIU members were eking out salaries of $9 an hour, Tyrone Freeman was busy embezzling money on top of his $200,000 a year salary. He arranged for special privileges, paid for his wedding in Hawaii, and put personal charges on the SEIU credit card.

But for justice to be truly done, there needs to be a shake-up within the SEIU- Tyrone Freeman was appointed President, and it is highly unlikely that nobody within the SEIU leadership knew about what he was doing with the dues money of rank-and-file membership.

A shakeup of the SEIU leadership is unlikely, but putting Freeman in jail will certainly be a good start.

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Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU Local 6434 president, has been convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, mail fraud and more- 14 criminal counts in total. This could mean a jail sentence of up to 180 years for 43-year-old Freeman, who will be sentenced in April. “This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte […]

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SEIU’s Tyrone Freeman on Trial for Embezzlement, Theft, Fraud

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Tyrone Freeman SEIU Local 6434 BossTyrone Ricky Freeman, former president of Service Employees International Union Local 6434, is finally facing trial today on indictments dating back to July of 2012. From the previous SEIU Monitor write-up of the charges against Tyrone Freeman:

Freeman’s charges include $2,500 per month he collected on top of his paycheck from 2007-2008, $17,000 he took from a non-profit low-income-housing group, and $8,000 worth of charges he placed on a union credit card for his wedding in Hawaii. For these charges, Freeman could face up to 200 years in jail.

While a sentence of 200 years in prison is not likely, the trial will present a key opportunity to see how the SEIU allowed such corruption and fraud to occur right under their very noses. As we said before, these charges were made after an outside reporter investigated the union and published the charges in the newspaper, rather than being identified by the SEIU internally. This demonstrates a lack of resolve by the SEIU to stop or prevent fraud like this.

This brings up an important question in terms of the upcoming trial- to what degree does the corruption go? The Stern Burger blog, which has been following the case closely, offers this opinion about Tyrone Freeman’s upcoming trial:

What sort of defense strategy will Freeman’s attorneys mount? One clear option: to show the jury that SEIU’s top officials were fully aware of Freeman’s corruption for many years, didn’t lift a finger to stop him from stealing millions of dollars from workers… and even orchestrated a cover-up to hide Freeman’s corruption from SEIU’s members and the public.

As the trial progresses, more elements of the SEIU’s involvement and knowledge of Freeman’s activities will come out. While Tyrone Freeman may not be a free man for long, it is just as important, if not more important, that the SEIU is held accountable for their involvement in this as well.

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Tyrone Ricky Freeman, former president of Service Employees International Union Local 6434, is finally facing trial today on indictments dating back to July of 2012. From the previous SEIU Monitor write-up of the charges against Tyrone Freeman: Freeman’s charges include $2,500 per month he collected on top of his paycheck from 2007-2008, $17,000 he took […]

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