Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pole Dancing Your Dues Away

It always does the heart good to know that, as a union member, your union dues are going to a worthy cause. . . Like your business agent enjoying a pole dance or two at your expense.

The National Legal & Policy Center is reporting the story of corrupt union boss Steven Thomas, former Business Manager of Laborers Local 500 who drew an annual union salary of $130,638, drove a union-provided luxury full-size sport utility vehicle, and had an expense account that exceeded $30,000 a year.

In addition to his living a lifestyle at the expense of his members, he and his friend Shawn Clark were charging drinks and entertainment at Scarlett's (Toledo) and Kahoot's (Columbus) gentlemen's clubs during December 2003-December 2004. In the meantime, they eliminated $15 Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts to members and retirees in the name of "cost-cutting."

To read more at NLPC's website, go here.

To view more examples of union bosses with sticky fingers, go here on 1-888-NO-UNION.COM.

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