Tuesday, January 29, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: MGM Grand Detroit Casino, SPFPA Local 1111 Union Faced Federal Charges for Playing Fast and Loose with Worker's Rights

SPFPA Corruption: MGM Casino, Local Union Faced Federal Charges for Playing Fast and Loose with Worker's Rights


Detroit, MI (January 6, 2015) – An area MGM Grand Detroit casino employee has filed federal charges against a local security guard union and the casino for blocking her from exercising her rights guaranteed under Michigan’s Right to Work law.
With free legal assistance from the  Foundation, Johnnie Cullens of Detroit filed the unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
On November 18, Cullens, an MGM Grand Detroit employee since 2001, delivered a letter to her employer and the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 1111 union notifying them that she was resigning her union membership and revoking her union dues deduction authorization – a document used by union officials to collect dues from workers’ paychecks. She also sent the letters by certified mail to the union on November 21.
Because the contract between the SPFPA Local 1111 union and MGM Grand Detroit has expired, Michigan’s 2012 Right to Work law now applies to Cullens and her coworkers. Under Michigan’s private-sector Right to Work law, no worker can be required to join or pay money to a union. Under federal labor law, employees can revoke their dues deduction authorizations once a contract ends.
Even though the company acknowledged Cullens’ union membership resignation, MGM Grand Detroit has begun to confiscate a so-called “security fee” from her paychecks, apparently at SPFPA Local 1111 union officials’ behest. Cullens’ charge against the union alleges that the union has accepted the unlawfully deducted fee.
Since Michigan passed Right to Work protections for workers in 2012, National Foundation staff attorneys have assisted numerous public and private sector workers in exercising their rights under the state laws.
“Forced-dues hungry SPFPA union officials are stonewalling workers’ attempts to exercise their statutory rights under Michigan’s Right to Work laws,” said Mark Mix, president of the National  Foundation. “This latest case underscores once again how making union affiliation and dues payments completely voluntary empowers workers whose rights are violated by forced unionism.”

SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey

Sunday, January 27, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Virginia Local Security Employees SPFPA President Sentenced for Embezzlement



SPFPA CORRUPTION: Security Employees SPFPA President in Virginia Charged; Pleads Guilty


On December 2, Joseph Meizlik, former president of Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America Local 454, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with one count of embezzling $9,122.44 from the Fort Lee, Va.-based union. This past January 6 he pleaded guilty. The actions follow a probe by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Virginia Local Security Employees SPFPA President Sentenced for Embezzlement


Joseph Meizlik, former president of Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 454, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to four years of probation for embezzling $9,122.44 in funds from the Fort Lee, Va.-based union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution and a $100 special assessment. Meizlik had been charged in December and pleaded guilty in January. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. 





SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey

Thursday, January 24, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Join The Movement Leave SPFPA & JOIN UGSOA Today



UGSOA stands for the United Government Security Officers of America UGSOA was founded in 1992 and is currently located in East Wareham, Massachusetts. We are one of the fastest growing Security Unions in the country and we represent Security Officers working in various security fields all across the nation.

Our Organization represents Officers working on Department of Homeland Security contracts, Nuclear Power Plants, Court Security Officers, Detention Officers, and many other government and private security contracts.

We are committed to ensuring that our members receive adequate health care coverage, competitive wages, fair treatment, and respect in the work place. We take pride in our personal relationships with our members. All of our Directors began their careers with the UGSOA International Union as Local Leaders while working as Security Officers. We believe our in depth, firsthand knowledge of the industry provides our members with a unique level of confidence in our ability to properly represent them and our documented track record validates this assumption.​

Toll Free: 1-800-572-6103
Phone: 774-678-0936
Fax: 774-678-4658

Website: https://www.ugsoa.com/




SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Embezzlement Charge SPFPA Detroit / Roseville Michigan Based Union

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Security/Police/Firefighters Local Secretary in Michigan Charged


On November 23, Sherry Thompson, former financial secretary for Security, Police, Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 121, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan with embezzling $17,578.62 in funds from the Detroit union. She also was charged with making false entries in union financial records and filing a report based on those entries. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Detroit-Area SPFPA Boss Indicted for Embezzlement


On July 14, Devon Madray, president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 119, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for embezzling around $20,000 in funds from the Roseville, Mich. (Macomb County)-based union. The charge follows a probe by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Source: http://nlpc.org/2016/08/17/detroit-area-spfpa-boss-indicted-embezzlement/



SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey


Sunday, January 20, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Security Professionals SPFPA Local President in Illinois Pleads Guilty

Security Professionals SPFPA Local President in Illinois Pleads Guilty


On August 19, James Patrick Correll, former president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America SPFPA Local 238, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois to embezzling $22,278 from the Morrison, Ill. (northwest part of the state) union. The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.

Source: http://nlpc.org/2010/12/01/security-professionals-local-president-illinois-pleads-guilty/



SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey

Thursday, January 17, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Washington, D.C. SPFPA Security Professionals Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced


SPFPA CORRUPTION: Washington, D.C. SPFPA Security Professionals Secretary-Treasurer Sentenced


On November 25, Milton Hilliard, former secretary-treasurer of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America SPFPA Local 287, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to 180 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring and three years of probation for embezzling $34,612 from the Washington, D.C. union. He also was ordered to pay full restitution plus a $4,000 fine. Hilliard had pleaded guilty in August after being indicted in July. The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.


D.C. Security Professionals Treasurer Charged with Embezzlement


On July 29, Milton Hilliard, former secretary-treasurer of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America SPFPA Local 287, was charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in an information count with one count of embezzlement in the amount of $25,575 from the Washington, D.C.-based union. The charge follows an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.




SPFPA Has a Long History of Corruption under the leadership of David L. Hickey

Saturday, January 12, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: Former SPFPA President of Texas Security Local Found Guilty Sentenced


Former SPFPA President of Texas Security Local Found Guilty; Sentenced


SPFPA CORRUPTION: On November 5, Kimberly Fields, former law officer and president of Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) Local 300, was found guilty by a jury in the Texas 176th Criminal District Court (Harris County) for theft from the Houston union. Two days later, on November 7, she was sentenced to three years of home confinement and ordered to pay $5,644.40 in restitution plus a $5,000 fine. The sentencing follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.


SPFPA President of Security Workers Local in Houston Sentenced for Embezzlement


SPFPA CORRUPTION: On March 1, Cynthia Angulo, former SPFPA president of the Currency and Security Handlers Association, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to 10 months of confinement, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling $61,272 in funds from the Houston union.  She also was ordered to pay full restitution.  Angulo had pleaded guilty in August.  The union is an affiliate of the Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA).  The actions follow an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. 

Source: http://nlpc.org/2016/04/05/president-security-workers-local-houston-sentenced-embezzlement/

SPFPA has a Long History of Corruption & Embezzlement under the leadership of David L. Hickey.



Friday, January 11, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: SPFPA President in Maryland Sentenced for Thefts based on an Indictment Charging him with 15 Counts of various acts of Theft, Embezzlement and Fraud Totaling well over $200,000



SPFPA President in Maryland Sentenced for Thefts based on an indictment charging him with 15 counts of various acts of Theft, Embezzlement and Fraud totaling well over $200,000.



Thursday, January 10, 2019

SPFPA CORRUPTION: The Truth About SPFPA by UGSOA President James Vissir



SPFPA's WAR on UGSOA
Security Police and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) have initiated a full-blown war against UGSOA. I am disheartened to have to deliver this kind of messagebut you need to know the truth. The hate mail from them trying to discredit our organization and convince you that you would be better off in SPFPA are Lies. You may see one of their representatives infiltrate your local.  They also go by the name of FOPSCO, a small union that recently merged with SPFPA.
Other mergers have failed.  the independent security union called IUSP tried to merge last year and lost their entire treasury to SPFPA. Also, NASPSO, an independent union that merged with SPFPA in 2003 had their treasury and membership taken by SPFPA.  Both unions have tried to get out. NASPSO has fought hard and gained independence again, and IUSP is still fighting to get back on their feet. SPFPA just took their money in the meantime.
I want to give you the background on this union.  SPFPA was formerly called the United Plant Guard Workers of America (UPGWA). They changed their name at their last International Convention in 2000.  I was a Local President of one of their Local Unions in Denver Colorado in 1990UPGWA sold my Local members out, more than once.  My members and I had enough.  14 years ago, after a difficult legal battle that cost my Local a lot of money, we broke away and became what is now UGSOA.  They may have changed their name, but the leaders are still selling out.
Now other Locals of SPFPA around the United States who are leaving their organization for better representation.  This is the truth, and we know they are saying that UGSOA Local Unions are going to them, and in a few cases they are, but there is no other way to describe to you what is happening except that they exaggerate and lie about 90% of the Locals which they are saying are leaving us. In fact, many more Local Unions are coming from their SPFPA to UGSOA.
CONSIDER THE SOURCE OF THEIR PROPAGANDA- the National Right To Work foundation (NRTW). This is truly unreal.  There is no doubt in my mind that SPFPA is spreading these lies. You can see in their propaganda that SPFPA/FOPSCO uses Union Busters to help their RAIDING AGENDA against us. Now, SPFPA finds it fit for to use a piece of literature that originated in a fundamentally ANTI-UNION organization (NRTW) to discredit our organization. That's unheard of:A union using the labor hating national right to work agenda to fight another union.  This is the forbidden transgression of Labor Raiding!
We encourage you to defend your Local Unions and let us know whenever their agents attack your Local Union.
Fraternally Yours,

James A. Vissar

PresidentUGSOA International Union


NOT BROKE - Just SPFPA propaganda

James D. Carney
Since UGSOA broke away from SPFPA over 13 years ago they have been bitter. SPFPA likes to state that we are going broke, but they have been saying this for... yes you guessed it, 13 years. In that time all we have done is grow in strength and numbers, financially and membership.


SPFPA employs their agents to submit propaganda all over the place. Readers of their garbage: rest assured that UGSOA IS VERY SOLVENT and has been solvent for years. The reason our Treasury reports the way is does is because we spend our members' dues to actually service them, as opposed to the kind of leadership that causes union bosses to become corrupt; hoarding money at the top and never going to Arbitration or Court for their members.
Don't be fooled, UGSOA is the strongest Union representing security!
James D. Carney
Sr. VP
United Government Security Officers of America
International Union
8620 Wolff Court, Suite #210
Westminster, CO 80031
Ph: 303-650-8515
Fax: 303-650-8510
www.ugsoa.com


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