Political intrigue again hits largest federal union, as a unit’s officers are removed

The Washington Post: There’s more political intrigue in the largest federal employee union.

American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. has dismissed the elected officials of the union’s Labor Department unit over allegations of improper expenditures and failure to honor the votes of members.

In a memo last week to members of Local 12, Cox said he placed the unit in trusteeship because “it is essential that proper financial controls and democratic principles be restored.” He said the Local 12 officials “failed to abide by a vote of the Local membership, conducted in September 2016, regarding the establishment of an audit committee and the hiring of an outside vendor for conducting an audit.”

The improper expenditures involved an $18,000 Hyatt Regency bill. Local 12 is one of the larger AFGE locals in the Washington area.

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