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Pulp & Paper Workers, Local 5

Officials Sentenced

Office of Labor-Management Enforcement

The Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) conducts both civil and criminal investigations of alleged violations of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) and related laws.

These investigations by OLMS District Offices involve issues such as embezzlements of union funds, union officer elections, the filing of required reports by unions and others with OLMS, and the imposition of trusteeships over subordinate unions by a parent body. These investigations may result in legal enforcement actions.

June 7th, 2002On June 7, 2002, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Geri Abbe, former office secretary for the Western Association of Pulp & Paper Workers Local 5, was sentenced to two months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and five years probation. She was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service. She previously made restitution of $14,754. She had pled guilty on March 22, 2002, to embezzling union funds following an investigation by the OLMS Seattle District Office.