The Globe and the Herald today report that Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten is suspected of signing someone else’s name as a countersignature on his paycheck. So here are a few follow-up questions:
- Is this something he did regularly?
- Did other union officials know it?
- Have other union officials done the same?
- Was this money to which he wasn’t entitled? (Surely he was entitled to his paycheck.)
To be sure, Totten, whose union is the Globe’s largest, shouldn’t have signed someone else’s name on a check, and it kind of sounds like he’s admitted that, according to the reports. But we still don’t know whether we’re talking about ill intent or just a seat-of-the-pants management style.