Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AFT Washington and Green River Community College Attempt Cover Up of Union President's Theft, but Take Steps to Retaliate Against Innocent Faculty

American Federation of Teachers, Washington Affiliate Tries to Block Release of Public Documents Relating to Union Leader's Embezzlement of Funds. By P. D. Lesko. Adjunct Nation. Wednesday, September 05, 2012


In this stunning job of investigative reporting, P. D. Lesko presents the facts of theft, cover-up, and retaliation at Green River Community College in particular, and in the AFT Washington in general. Similar to the cronyism and crimes that led to the downfall of Penn State, community colleges such as Green River administration and union officals appear to have colluded in an attempt to cover up the theft of almost $10,000 by a union official, let the thief go, not report the crime, and instead attack faculty (mis) classified as "part-time."

Dr. Keith Hoeller and other concerned faculty, many of them struggling under the weak contracts negotiated by the union, are instead the target of select union officials and college administrators. Meanwhile, Phil Jack,  former union president at GRCC, was paid about $25,000 by the AFT Washington from 2007 to 2009 , and associated with AFT Washington officer Sandra Schroeder, who listed Phil Jack as her VP of Legal Affairs.

According to the article:
"Hoeller, among others, wonders why details of the theft were kept from the membership, why the union refuses to provide financial information from the years during which Phil Jack led the organization, and why union leaders refused to cooperate with police in investigating and prosecuting the theft."