Our campaign exercised our legal right under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act to review the weekly reports and expenses of current GST Dora Cervantes. What we received back from the IAM has confirmed what we thought all along: GST Cervantes has been defrauding IAM Members for years. IAM Members have paid the bill for her personal trips to Houston, almost 150 days. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Almost every report that my campaign received from IAM lawyers were heavily redacted. And IAM lawyers and the top brass at headquarters have held back 86 weekly reports that we have a legal right to review.
We have already uncovered tens of thousands of IAM Members’ dues dollars misappropriated by GST Cervantes in the heavily redacted reports that we have already received. But, we will never know the true extent of the fraud without being able to exercise our legal right to review the 86 reports that IAM Headquarters leadership is holding back. Our campaign has already forced GST Cervantes to repay over $6,000 in dues she misappropriated by falsifying her reports.
It is outrageous that the IAM’s top financial officer would cheat IAM Members. Equally outrageous is that members of the Executive Council who know full well about GST Cervantes’ behavior would openly support her and encourage others to do the same.
Is this the type of “integrity” that IP Martinez and the top brass of the IAM’s leadership refer to in their letters of support? Do they even care that GST Cervantes lies on her Weekly Reports and defrauds IAM Members? What will they say to those who signed their endorsement form letters and put their reputations on the line, when the Department of Labor finishes its investigation and ultimately finds GST Cervantes abused her office, falsified her reports and misappropriated IAM Members’ dues dollars?
If you are being asked to support and vote for Dora Cervantes, you are being asked to support and vote for someone who has stolen from our union and its members. She has already paid back thousands of dollars, which shows her guilt and is just a fraction of what we have already proven she illegitimately took from our treasury. She is someone who has abused the membership’s trust and is not worthy of the position in which we have placed her. A vote for Dora is a vote for her and anyone in power to continue stealing from us. We have to stop the corruption in the GST office.
We need to fix this now and that is why we need change, real integrity and transparency in the IAM GST’s Office. By exposing this dishonest behavior, we have already begun to bring the much needed change to the IAM GST’s Office. We just need to finish the job and win this election to get our union back.
Please vote for Ian Scott-Anderman for IAM GST.