From the very start, our campaign’s has stated repeatedly the we need to restore integrity to the IAM GST’s Office. Over the past several years we have seen only incompetence and outright corruption from current GST, Dora Cervantes. GST Cervantes has either failed to discover the misappropriation of IAM dues dollars, attempted to conceal the defrauding of IAM Members or, most egregiously, misappropriated IAM Members’ dues dollars herself, as evidenced here, here and here.
It is a fact that within the last month GST Dora Cervantes has had to pay back thousands and thousands of dollars due to her reports and expenses not being properly recorded. As I said before, if you don’t believe me, you can ask GST Cervantes herself or International President, Bob Martinez (see below for contact info).
It is a fact that GST Cervantes attempted to cover up the theft of approximately $103,000 in IAM Members’ dues money at her home local, Local Lodge 2198, by her sister and two others. Click here to read the Bloomberg Law story. The IAM has confirmed an investigation is ongoing.
It is also a fact that on February 25, 2020, the former Secretary Treasurer of Local Lodge 811, the other IAM Local Lodge in Houston, was indicted, found guilty and sentenced for the misappropriation of between $20,000 and $100,000 of IAM dues dollars.
In both instances, the Secretary Treasurers when interrogated by Department of Labor investigators claimed they were just doing what they we taught by the current GST. And, since GST Cervantes has vacationed on IAM Members’ dues dollars in Houston over 85 times in the last few years, you would think she would know what’s going on.
And, again, just a few months ago, just a few miles from GST Cervantes’ office at IAM Headquarters in Maryland, Sara Geddes pled guilty to embezzling almost $300,000 of IAM Members’ dues dollars. And once again, GST Cervantes’ office failed to discover Ms. Geddes crime. The DOL uncovered Ms. Geddes embezzlement and cleaned up the mess.
For our Great Union, the IAM, to survive and thrive into the future, we must be honest with ourselves and admit we need change. We must be beyond reproach as an organization, so we can grow and bring Justice on the Job and Service to the Community to our members and the unrepresented.
We cannot live up to our high level of values with what is occurring at the highest levels of our Union. We need strong voices on the Executive Council. We need truth and transparency.
We need change.
Both IP Martinez and GST Cervantes can be reached at (301) 967-4500. Just asked to be connected to their offices.
GST Cervantes: email@example.com
IP Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org
I promise that I will never defraud this Union out of anything whatsoever, or allow it to be defrauded, if within my power to prevent it. To all of this, I most solemnly pledge my sacred word of honor—Challenger and Candidate for IAM GST Ian Scott-Anderman