The evidence presented clearly laid out a pattern of abuse by the accused. The accused parties used the union treasury, at best, in a cavalier and carless fashion. At worst, they drew upon union funds in a fraudulent manner. If such funds were used for legitimate purposes then there should have been documentation to prove so. No documentation was presented at this hearing, and according to direct testimony, documentation was not provided to the local leadership. The evidence presented by the charging parties is clearly supported by the audit (JP 9). I find that no credible evidence or testimony was presented that would answer in any way the charges as presented or the audit that was performed by the International Auditor.
The parties are found guilty of violating Article X, Section 2(B) of the International Constitution. They are suspended from the right to hold or seek any elected position at any level of the union for a period four years. Sister Powe is ordered to reimburse the local a total of $2,230.15, which is the total of the checks written to her as stated in CP 1 and check number 8212. Sister Smith is ordered to repay Local 2912 a total of $822.25, which is the total of checks written to her as stated in CP 1, and check number 8247. Such payment shall be made within 60 days of this decision.
There was a thorough review of all information presented during the trial. It is clear from the evidence that the accused parties did not cooperate with the incoming officers in delivering all union records and property of the union in a timely fashion, if at all. Outgoing officers are obligated to aid in the smooth transition of new officers which includes transferring union property to them.
Sisters Bernice Powe, Sister Jennie Smith and Sister Glendora Ratcliff are found guilty of violating Article X, 2 (A) of the International Constitution in that they violated Appendix B. They are issued a formal reprimand. They are directed to turn over to the new officers any additional property they have in their possession.