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Merk v. International Assn. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, Local 771, 2002 SKPC 78

Merk brought a private prosecution against her former employer, Local 771 of the Ironworkers Union. She alleged she had been terminated by the executive board of the local because she reported financial improprieties by the business manager and president of the local.

She was concerned about questionable expenses being charged to the union credit card, including payments to the president of the local of a yearly salary, although he already received a salary, and of his rent. The alleged unlawful conduct also included getting advances for hotel and travel expenses, charging the same expenses to the union credit card and not reimbursing for any overpayment.