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BC Longshore & Warehouse Union's $1.7 Million Judgment

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BC Longshore & Warehouse Union's $1.7 Million Judgment

Postby NC » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:38 pm

The Longshoreman's own pilfers $1,690,000 from his own union members. This is a 2014 decision in British Columbia.
On September 26, 2012, the plaintiffs filed a notice of civil claim alleging that since at least 2006 Mr. Ford misappropriated money belonging to the plaintiffs and converted it to his own use. The plaintiffs plead that the details of the means to effect the misappropriation and the precise amount of the misappropriation and conversion were then unknown to them but exceeded $730,000.00. The plaintiffs also allege that Mrs. Ford knew of the misappropriation, actively assisted Mr. Ford to conceal it from the plaintiffs, and took the benefit of the misappropriation. The plaintiffs further allege that each of the Ford children benefitted from the conversion of funds by their father and that they are therefore liable to the plaintiffs for $2,000 each.
Supreme Court of British Columbia - 2014 BCSC 65


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Re: BC Longshore & Warehouse Union's $1.7 Million Judgment

Postby green1 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:59 pm

Good thing they stopped that evil bill that would have allowed union members to see where their money goes. Just think of the devastation if members could hold their executives accountable for fraud and embezzlement. ..



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Re: BC Longshore & Warehouse Union's $1.7 Million Judgment

Postby NC » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:44 pm

Yes, that was Bill 377, I forgot about that. The highly ineffective, overpaid and seemingly equally corrupt Senate neutered that one based on the power of unions in Canada.

The ILWU story has started to hit the papers this morning The Leader-Post had this bit and the Sun had something too.

If you think C-377 would not have made a difference, this guy has been doing this for years.
“Mr. Ford’s six years of misappropriation of the Union Local’s money was not accomplished by a clever and complex plan,” Affleck wrote in his judgment, delivered Thursday. But Affleck said Ford was able to “perpetrate his dishonest scheme” at least in part because of the union local’s lax accounting practices.
This is a real punchline for everyone. Paragraph 6 of the Judgment says:
On December 21, 2012, the plaintiffs filed an amended notice of civil claim. It alleges that at least $1,686,895.73 of the misappropriated money was deposited to joint accounts held by Mr. and Mrs. Ford, that $2,000 of the misappropriated money was deposited to an account of Mitchell Ford, and that a further $2,000 was deposited to an account of James Ford.

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Then on June 2013... six months later, with the investigation in full swing, the ILWU Canada website had this update on Bill C377.

Think about the sheer balls it must take to let one of your chiefs steel millions and then tell the victims to support one piece of legislation that would have caught it years earlier. Can you imagine the number of ILWU members that would decertify if they thought they would live through the effort? People are forced to be part of this "gang", forced to pay for this guild of thieves and if they tried to stop it, they would lose their jobs and possibly a lot more.

Think for a moment how you would feel as an ILWU member knowing that your union leader stole from you, the rest of them hid the fact from you and when they had a chance to fight for Bill C377 demanding financial reporting, rather than do that, they cheered its demise.

All the rest of us can say is… you got what you paid for… well I guess technically they got what we the consumer paid for with high shipping costs. Anyway, there’s nothing anyone can do about it, unions in Canada are just that corrupt and that powerful.


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