Union Whistleblowers Beaten And Harassed By Thugs

Ken Goldfield for News

Sebastian Taravella and Salvatore DiStefano are among several phone company employees who claim they were beaten or threatened.

Wow –  anyone surprised that workers who expose their union bosses’ corrupt,  money grubbing ways are finding their asses in a sling – literally? Union+thug go together like peaches and cream.

The NY Daily News reports:

Unionized phone company employees say they were beaten or threatened after they accused their labor bosses of looting their coffers through various scams.

One member of Communications Workers of America Local 1101 said that after he reported a time-sheet padding scheme, a thug beat him so badly his spine was injured.

Another says he found a dead rat in his locker, while a third said a union officer warned that suspected informants should be brought off company property and “taken care of.”

The threats come to light as the U.S. Labor Department is probing charges that union bosses lined their pockets at the rank-and-file’s expense.

Accusations include an unauthorized 401(k) plan union officers gave themselves funded with members’ dues, along with hefty weekly allowances, lavish expense accounts and six-figure salaries, union documents show.

The feds are also looking into allegations that double-dipping union bosses illegally received pay from Verizon and the local for the same hours, sources said.

“This was union greed and that’s worse than corporate greed,” said Kevin Condy, a reform movement leader of the 6,700-member local that represents mostly Verizon workers in Manhattan and the Bronx. “These guys acted like they felt they were entitled.”

And, some members charge, the bosses retaliated when threatened with exposure.

This is just lovely:

DiStefano told the Daily News he was “attacked by a union thug” as he started the morning shift at a Verizon garage in the Bronx in April 2009. “He pounded me with his fists, he spit on me, he choked me and threw me down to the floor,” he said.

DiStefano said he suffered two herniated discs and had knee problems that required surgery. He got workers’ compensation as a result, records show.

Taravella said a dead rat was put in his locker with “a note tied to his tail” that said “Rest in Peace, Sebbie.”

The NY Daily News reports that the Labor Department would not comment on the story.

More good news for workers in  California . Doug Ross reports Card Check is about to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

ThIf SB104 passes, it could have major ramifications for California agriculture… The card-check bill, sponsored by the United Farm Workers Union, effectively eliminates secret ballot elections for union certification. A labor organization would be certified as the workers’ bargaining representative by submitting cards bearing the signatures of a majority of the employees…

Opponents of the bill believe eliminating secret ballot elections will give a green light to worker intimidation, coercion and bullying from union leaders…

Cross-posted at Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks!


Your Sunday Hymn: The Lord Is My Shepherd

For the 4th Sunday of Easter: John Rutter’s  The Lord is my Shepherd, Requiem, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, City of London Sinfonia, Stephen Cleobury.
Works by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891- 1959).


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