The Workforce Fairness Institute ("WFI"), an organization that works to stop big labor’s harmful encroachment on the workplace, has launched its Union Boss of the Year contest.
Every few days, WFI will add a Union Boss of the Year contestant on its Facebook page. You can vote for your favorite boss by liking and sharing the image. The boss that gets the most shares and likes will be the WFI Union Boss of the Year.
WFI has selected some really horrific union bosses for the contest. This is an interesting way for WFI to meet its goal to educate the public on issues related to workforce fairness, and to build greater public awareness of efforts that interfere with the good employer/employee relationships that most businesses enjoy.
The first contestant is Hector Lopez, former President of Metal Polishers Union who plead guilty in federal court to a kickback scheme and tax evasion:
Lopez, 54, admitted pocketing kickbacks from a third-party administrator of the union's welfare fund, rigging the bids for a sprinkler system for the union hall so a crony would get the contract, and submitting inflated invoices for renovations to the union hall in exchange for cash.
"When I did these things I knew they were illegal," Lopez told Judge Allyne Ross.
According to the Daily News, Lopez's $148,000 salary was $40,000 more than allowed by the bylaws of the cash-strapped union. He collected a weekly $445 per diem and tooled around in a Cadillac Escalade. Lopez also resided rent-free in an Oakland Township, N.J., mansion owned by the contractor who was greasing his palm.
Instead of looking out for the welfare of his members, Lopez stole money that intended to pay for healthcare expenses of union members and their beneficiaries.
Lopez's entry, posted Monday, has 205 likes and 137 shares,
The second contestant is Mark Rosenthal, President of Local 983 of District 37 -- New York City's largest blue-collar municipal-workers union. His entry image will be posted Wednesday.
According to the New York Post, Rosenthal "eats lunch when he arrives at work at 2 p.m. Then, like clockwork, he goes to sleep," and is usually out by 4 p.m. after being at the office two hours.
The winner of the Union Boss of the Year contest will be announced on August 28, 2013. The winning boss wins ignominy and the public hopefully wins awareness of the gross abuses of some labor bosses.