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CUPE Local 416 audit flags ‘hundreds of thousands’ in unapproved spending

The leaders of a union local for Toronto city workers set up a company that sucked more than $350,000 from union coffers, according to an internal audit obtained by the Star.

The forensic review of the finances of Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416was commissioned by the national office of CUPE, which announced last February it hadtaken control of the local. The move was to “resolve ongoing issues,” CUPE national said at the time.

Exchanged Chartered Accountants probed accounts for 2009 to 2014, when Mark Ferguson was president, Dave Hewitt vice-president and Darin Jackson secretary-treasurer of Local 416, representing about 6,000 so-called outside workers including trash collectors, paramedics, parks staff and Toronto Water employees.

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