Commission Denies Fomer ILA Local 1233 Secretary/Treasurer's Request for Reinstatement on the Longshoreman's Register After Embezzlement Conviction
April 8, 2014
The Commission denied the Request for Re-instatement to the Longshoreman’s Register by Gregory “Ronnie” Taylor, former ILA Local 1233 Secretary/Treasurer. Taylor was previously decasualized for failing to meet the work requirements. In support of his Request for re-instatement, Taylor indicated that he failed to meet the work requirements because he held the position of Secretary/Treasurer of Local 1233. On February 6, 2013, in the United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Taylor pleaded guilty to Count 26 of an indictment that charged him with issuing a vacation check for $7,852 to himself without authorization. Taylor also admitted that between 2007 and 2010, while serving as secretary-treasurer, he embezzled a total of $71,000 by improperly cashing duplicate paychecks, as well as other checks from the union’s operating account, including for unauthorized credit card expenditures.
The Commission denied Taylor’s Request for Re-instatement in that his service as Secretary/Treasurer of ILA Local 1233 could not be considered “good cause” for failing to meet work requirements in that Taylor abused his position as Secretary/ Treasurer and breached his fiduciary duty and obligations to the members of the ILA Local 1233.