Two admit to embezzling union funds

Two former officers of a now-defunct Bethlehem chapter of an ironworkers union pleaded guilty in federal court this week to federal embezzlement charges for stealing more than $16,000 in union funds. Full Story
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Wyoming, PA

#1 Sep 26, 2008
Prime example of union honesty
5gramps45

Stewartsville, NJ

#2 Sep 26, 2008
gehringer....you deserve everything thats going to happen to you...you dad was president of this union and a very fair honest man.. way to go to make your dad proud of you...
valleyvenus

Macungie, PA

#3 Sep 26, 2008
Unions aren't bad. They serve an important purpose and you can't fault the entire structure because of 2 dishonest people. There will always be the risk and temptation for dishonesty wherever money is involved. You see that in many professions, including political office. You can't discredit the thousands of other honest and hard working ironworkers who depend on their union for fair wages and a safe working environment. Only a construction worker or ironworker would know how hard they work for the money.
jmo

Bath, PA

#4 Sep 26, 2008
valleyvenus wrote:
Unions aren't bad. They serve an important purpose and you can't fault the entire structure because of 2 dishonest people. There will always be the risk and temptation for dishonesty wherever money is involved. You see that in many professions, including political office. You can't discredit the thousands of other honest and hard working ironworkers who depend on their union for fair wages and a safe working environment. Only a construction worker or ironworker would know how hard they work for the money.
Very well put.
Your Union Dues At Work

Bangor, PA

#5 Sep 26, 2008
valleyvenus wrote:
Unions aren't bad. They serve an important purpose and you can't fault the entire structure because of 2 dishonest people. There will always be the risk and temptation for dishonesty wherever money is involved. You see that in many professions, including political office. You can't discredit the thousands of other honest and hard working ironworkers who depend on their union for fair wages and a safe working environment. Only a construction worker or ironworker would know how hard they work for the money.
Unions ARE bad! They had their purpose decades ago. Now, all the leaders are concerned about is perpetuating their income stream from dues.

Don't get me wrong. I'm talking about union leadership. The vast majority of union worker are hard working. It's just the entitlement mentality and carrying of incompentent workers that give them a bad name. You can't protect the sloths and expect the public to admire you.

Get rid of the greedy union bosses and the no-show/low-show jobs and maybe you'll get more respect. But until unions stop their greedy, strong-arm tactics they will continue to be looked upon in a negative light.
valleyvenus

Macungie, PA

#6 Sep 26, 2008
Your Union Dues At Work wrote:
<quoted text>
Unions ARE bad! They had their purpose decades ago. Now, all the leaders are concerned about is perpetuating their income stream from dues.
Don't get me wrong. I'm talking about union leadership. The vast majority of union worker are hard working. It's just the entitlement mentality and carrying of incompentent workers that give them a bad name. You can't protect the sloths and expect the public to admire you.
Get rid of the greedy union bosses and the no-show/low-show jobs and maybe you'll get more respect. But until unions stop their greedy, strong-arm tactics they will continue to be looked upon in a negative light.
Embezzling or dishonesty with union funds has never happened in my husband's union. He worked long and hard in the construction field and will be retiring in a few years. If it hadn't been for the union, he would never have been paid a fair wage. I can't speak for every union and I'm sure there are bosses who have taken advantage of a good thing, but as I said, you'll find that in almost any profession - union or non-union. Seems Bush and his administration don't like unions, either, but they don't mind getting paid exorbitant salaries and giving themselves frequent fat raises then any average American worker could ever dream of. They don't seem to care if the poor have access to affordable healthcare or how the cost of living is affecting the average citizen. The don't mind stepping on the little guy for the sake of big corporate business and huge profits. McCain, who is also anti-union , voted against the minimum wage act 97 times; a man with his wife who owns at least 9 homes. 87,000 jobs were lost last month. We were fortunate; it wasn't my husband's or my job and I'm grateful for that. Yet, my heart goes out to all of the people who weren't so lucky. I know that one day, unions most likely will phase out. Hopefully, the men that do the extremely difficult arduous and laborious jobs, will get paid fairly for their hard work, otherwise, it'll be like working in a chain gang. I'm just grateful that my husband was able to earn a decent living over the years. Without his union, it may have been a much different story.
lol_unions

Nazareth, PA

#7 Sep 26, 2008
i'll bet they are dems...unions suk.back in the old days unions stood up for their employees. now they stand for themselves. what a joke. who the hell needs a dam union for anything. including the teachers union.
ItsAShame

Allentown, PA

#8 Sep 26, 2008
Union.. non Union.. America has lost her moral compass. You simply cannot legislate morality by law nor by threat. It has to come from inside. This seems not to be the case much anymore. Witness Wall Street Economics.

It is as taught in sports. If the refs don't catch you, it doesn't violate the rules. America now believes, the sin is not in cheating. The sin is getting caught.

"We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose."
~BISHOP DESMOND TUTU~

" Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually."
~ HH THE DALAI LAMA~
Screwy Louie

Louisa, VA

#9 Sep 26, 2008
The union goons will not take on some jive a s s splanation, lightly...they're gonna need to watch their backs in jail....

“BORN TO UNDULATE !!”

Since: Mar 07

Proud resident of the Valley

#10 Sep 26, 2008
I'd love to see the AG tear apart the teachers union. It smacks of abuse in pushing the teachers for an abomination of a contract.
out there

AOL

#11 Sep 26, 2008
<<<I'd love to see the AG tear apart the teachers union. It smacks of abuse in pushing the teachers for an abomination of a contract.>>>

It is just a matter of time. The whole State is run by this mentality which is why it is so corrupt. The Pendulum has swung where Unions do not represent those they profess to look out for. They come first and would screw you at the same time they are screwing themselves. This is an example that will continue to be exposed.
yoyo

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Sep 27, 2008
Thieves are the lowest of the scum, off with their hands!
get rid of him

Fogelsville, PA

#13 Sep 27, 2008
It's bad enough that these two SCUMBAGS stole from the men who trusted them, but what is even worse is that Scott Gehringer is still working in the same shop with the same men that he stole from. I can not believe he has the balls to show his face around them. Union officials seem to think it is not a big deal because he stole from the old local 594 and not the new local 502. I guess as long as workers keep paying their union dues they don't care what goes on. I think he should be kicked out of the union and lose his job. He is nothing but a thief and a liar!!!
ThinkerDon

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Sep 27, 2008
valleyvenus wrote:
<quoted text>
Embezzling or dishonesty with union funds has never happened in my husband's union. He worked long and hard in the construction field and will be retiring in a few years. If it hadn't been for the union, he would never have been paid a fair wage. I can't speak for every union and I'm sure there are bosses who have taken advantage of a good thing, but as I said, you'll find that in almost any profession - union or non-union. Seems Bush and his administration don't like unions, either, but they don't mind getting paid exorbitant salaries and giving themselves frequent fat raises then any average American worker could ever dream of. They don't seem to care if the poor have access to affordable healthcare or how the cost of living is affecting the average citizen. The don't mind stepping on the little guy for the sake of big corporate business and huge profits. McCain, who is also anti-union , voted against the minimum wage act 97 times; a man with his wife who owns at least 9 homes. 87,000 jobs were lost last month. We were fortunate; it wasn't my husband's or my job and I'm grateful for that. Yet, my heart goes out to all of the people who weren't so lucky. I know that one day, unions most likely will phase out. Hopefully, the men that do the extremely difficult arduous and laborious jobs, will get paid fairly for their hard work, otherwise, it'll be like working in a chain gang. I'm just grateful that my husband was able to earn a decent living over the years. Without his union, it may have been a much different story.
I'm sure the democratic backed riCANS or mexiCANS will take hubbies job over, we know the hard work won't be done by the afriCANS.
5gramps45

Stewartsville, NJ

#15 Sep 28, 2008
gehringer...have a great time in the big house,,the boys will be waiting for you....what a jerk....

Since: Sep 08

Spring City, PA

#16 Sep 28, 2008
I actually used to be a member of the Inter. Assoc. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union. I was only a member for about 2 years, and I never really understood what it was they actually did for the employees. Other than take some money from my pay check each week. I think unions, at one time, were a very good thing for the working class. Unfortunately, they seem to have become very corrupt, and I'm not so sure they are necessary any more. If any one feels differently, I am open to your thoughts.
why

Sparta, NJ

#17 Sep 28, 2008
Why would MCI get rid of him? He did a lot for THE COMPANY as president of 594. Lost grievance papers, refusal to file grievances, closed meetings with company. Yea, thanks punchy. You're swell. Have a nice vacation. I hope the other inmates do to you what you did to your fellow workers.

“Cool Logic - Burning Passion”

Since: Feb 07

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#18 Sep 28, 2008
I mentioned these two morons in a prior union puff piece down on this local union. Had enough?

I've seen this scum type at a United Mine Workers union local in SW PA, the same one that yielded the likes of Tony Boyle who rubbed out Jock Yablonski during a bid for a two bit union leader seat.

I have found that too many union officals are essentially one time juvenile thugs all grown up who bully others into submission and their vote. These two are no different.

“Cool Logic - Burning Passion”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#19 Sep 28, 2008
intro wrote:
I actually used to be a member of the Inter. Assoc. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union. I was only a member for about 2 years, and I never really understood what it was they actually did for the employees. Other than take some money from my pay check each week. I think unions, at one time, were a very good thing for the working class. Unfortunately, they seem to have become very corrupt, and I'm not so sure they are necessary any more. If any one feels differently, I am open to your thoughts.
You learned quickly!

Since: Sep 08

Spring City, PA

#20 Sep 28, 2008
StaberDearth wrote:
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You learned quickly!
Thanks for your kind words.

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