July 7, 2013
IUOE Union Corruption Exposed
In LA Times
The chickens are coming home to roost as they say. The members of
IUOE Local 501 are fed up with union politics as usual and are fighting back
hard. Beginning with exposing the kickbacks, nepotism, featherbedding and even
death threats, the IUOE is being exposed for the crime family is really seems to
be. Every past IUOE president for the last 6 decades come from the mafia ridden
east coast, coincidence? Now RICO charges have been filed and the truth starts
to emerge. Read the LA Times article and see what your dues money pays for.
January 11, 2013
IUOE's head Lawyer who destroyed IUOE members
freedom of speech is in trouble again!
Richard Griffin was the head attorney for the IUOE for many
years. Most of those years saw more corrupt union officers go to court and jail
than any time in the history of the IUOE. Many of the heinous crimes against the
members were never brought to the light of day even though he had to know about
all of them. You can read about most of those cases on this website. Perhaps the
worst offense was when Mr. Griffin at the behest of IUOE President Vince Giblin
and VP Bill Dugan destroyed the members rights of free speech by mandating
Password Protected websites for local elections. Presidential hopefuls, senators
and governors can rip their opponents to shreds but god forbid a IUOE member has
the freedom to express his opinion to the world. Now Mr. Griffin is in real
trouble, being accused of complicity in a scheme to defraud and cover up
embezzlement at Local 501 by firing employees who attempted to expose the issue.
Once again corruption reigns supreme at the IUOE as members keep paying their
dues to Support a $300,000 a year ethics officer James R Zazalli.
(Read the Wall Street Journal Article here)
January 1, 2013
IUOE Local 94 member stays the course when
Hurricane Sandy strikes
The night Hurricane Sandy struck, Eric Leimeister and his crew of
a half-dozen strong maintenance team at 80 Pine St. in lower Manhattan watched
uneasily as sea water began rising.
What followed next was sheer hell - and stunning heroics.
Read the whole story here
Rank and file member supports Michigan Brothers
at RTW rally, rides motorcycle from Wisconsin.
FRED HIGGINS, out of work rank-and-file member, local 139 (all of
Wisconsin), Operating Engineers road his cycle to the Michigan state capital in
support of local 324 (all of Michigan), Operating Engineers.
WHERE WAS Wisconsin's local 139 UNION BOSS, Gooch McGOWAN? WHY WASN'T
Multimillionaire UNION BOSS McGowan AT THE MICHIGAN STATE CAPITAL SUPPORTING
Maybe because boss McGowan is trying to steal local 324s territory, the Upper
Maybe because boss McGowan supported UNION-BUSTING Gov WALKER as he destroyed
public-sector unions with Right to Work for less laws.
Maybe because boss McGowan was AFRAID to show his face at a PROTEST of RIGHT to
WORK for less laws.
McGowan SUPPORTED BUSTING public sector unions!!!!
Union boss McGowan tells union members that he has a VERBAL PROMISE from the
lying, union busting, radical right Republican, career politician WALKER, that
Walker will NOT destroy local 139. A VERBAL PROMISE!!!
History Repeats, boss McGowan becomes 2 of 3 three "wise" monkeys - hear and see
Local 150 (IL, IOWA, IN), Operating Engineers claimed to have a PROMISE LETTER
of NO Right to Work from IN Gov Mitch Daniels, who passed a local 150 UNION
BUSTING law in his last year in office.
Daniels busted public unions his first year in office, 2005. So, the union
bosses at local 150 must have just been shocked, that the lying, union
destroying, radical right Republican, career politician M Daniels passed a local
150 union busting law. SHOCKING!!! They have a LETTER PROMISE that Daniels would
NOT pass Right to Work.
If you believe career politicians like WALKER or McGOWAN or HIS hand picked
staff beholden only to him, you deserve who you voted for - a RIGHT to
Local 139, Operating Engineers
December 12, 2012
Response to "One Pissed off Crane Operator"
(this response is to a letter below from an Local 12 operator)
To one pissed off operator,
Brother, you have got some of your facts wrong about Local 12. Local 12
employees have indeed taken pay cuts for the past 3 years. All Business Agents
pay was cut 10%, and clerical staff were furloughed one day per week in an
effort to cut costs. Further, a number of Agents have retired during the last 3
years and the Local has chosen not to replace some of them until reported hours
increases increase sufficiently to warrant the expense.
As for what those staff employees do in slower work periods, they do the same
job they do when work is booming. If the Local has 12,000 active members and 15%
are unemployed, there is still an average of over 10,000 who are working. Their
dues, health & welfare, apprenticeship status, and all other member services the
Union has to keep track of must still be done. Agents whose areas abut those of
agents who have retired are doing extra duty to cover those areas and doing it
for 10% less wages.
The By-Law changes proposed by Local 12 for nominations conforms to provisions
within the IUOE International Constitution. Every Local has the choice of doing
it the way Local 12 has been doing it, or amending their By-Laws to require
nominating petitions from each candidate. A number of Members, me included, have
suggested this change on previous occasions. But Bill Wagonner always said that
he did not want to create the mistaken impression that they were trying to
suppress anyone's genuine candidacy. They finally decided to ask for the change
because for over 20 years one certain Local 12 member has gotten himself
nominated for office then just sat back and did nothing to try to actually get
himself elected. It doesn't matter if one officer position is contested by a
candidate, or if all officer positions are contested, an election must be held
under the rules of the IUOE Constitution, and US Labor Laws. Such an election
will cost the Union in excess of $200,000.00. This individual member has thus
forced the Local to spend over a million dollars to accommodate his frivolous
candidacies. The concept of requiring nominating petitions is to prevent future
frivolous candidacies by forcing the Member running for office to demonstrate
the legitimacy and sincerity of his efforts. If you think these elections are
not fair and legitimate, I would suggest that you attend the ballot count for
the next election. All members in good standing are permitted to attend and see
exactly how the votes are tabulated. It is always held on a Saturday and is
announced well ahead of time in the Union newsletter. Don't be shy, come on
down! There is an upcoming election for delegates to the International
Convention, so you might not have to wait three years for the next officer
As for supplemental dues, if you paid over $3000.00 in supp dues, you should be
jumping up and down with joy, because that means you made a ton of money. Local
12 supp dues are assessed at $1.10 per hour worked, approximately 2.7%. That
means you worked at least 2700 hours at about $40.00/ hour. If my math is
correct, and I'm not figuring in the premium for overtime, that means you earned
well in excess of $110,000.00. As a Business Agent, I did not earn that much
despite putting in about 70 hours per week on average.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
K. A. Maylone
Local 12, Retired
November 1, 2012
IUOE accused of running Local like the MOB,
RICO Charges filed.
Bosses Ran Union Like the Mob
September 18, 2012
Local 18 Business Manager Sink not only good
at stealing elections but apparently Pensions too!
An ERISA lawsuit has been filed by 14 rank and file members of
Ohio Local 18. The suit alleges that the Local Business manager Patrick L. Sink
and its trustees and officers failed in their fiduciary responsibility to
collect thousands and thousands of dollars in pension contributions from
signatory contractors and allowed signatory contractors to use use their alter
ego (non union companies) to do work that should have been done by local 18
operating engineers. Wow do you think someone was getting a kickback? By turning
a blind eye to collections Sink, who is also an IUOE 3rd Vice President, and his
cronies jeopardized the lives and retirement of all the members of local 18.
Coming from a guy that surely stole the last union election we should not be
surprised. As a retired member I cannot for the life of me understand the greed
and arrogance of these pompous buffoons who use the Local, and the IUOE as their
own piggybanks and kingdoms. The locals belongs to the members, always has,
always will. Just ask Local 324's ex Business Manager John Hamilton what happens
when try to rob the members, bye, bye , Johnny.
Bye, bye, Sink.
Read the lawsuit click here
August 8, 2012
Local 324 Business manager John Hamilton
Doug Stockwell ran on a platform of honesty, transparency, and fiscal
responsibility and won. Doug was a rank and file member fed up with the free
spending and cronyism that permeated John Hamilton's local. Doug and the
members were tired of the overpaid salaries, Cadillac Escalades, and phony hotel
deals. Doug believed in the members, and apparently they believed in him. So to
all you overpaid IUOE Business Managers who think your local is your piggy bank,
and the members your subjects, were watching.
IUOE LOCAL 324 HAS BIG, BIG ISSUES
February 23, 2012
Dear bothers and sisters of 324,
I received a letter from Tom Scott threatening me for the letters that I have
sent to the hall, asking me to stop. Also, for the emails that I have sent to
As I do not take threats lightly. Lets try this, when John took this local over
we had $10,861,242.00 in cash as of our 2011 LM2's. We only have $338,862.00
left! John's W2 reads more than that! Our net assets when John took over our
local where $11,841,580.00. As of the 2011 LM2's is only $5,247,038.00. That my
friends is a loss of 6.5 million. Although our e-board felt John deserved a
$93,000.00 raise. So now John makes more than the Vice President of the United
States. If we add what we pay John ($277,422.00 as of the 2011 LM2's#, his
International Vice President pay #$94,368.00#, Blue cross/blue shield pay
#$58,892.00), John made more than the PRESIDENT of the United States' salary. I
would have to ask, if we are paying John $277,422.00 how John has time for the
International and BCBS? I think John is double dipping. When Sam T Hart handed
John this local, Hart's salary was only $110,000. The business manager of 547
only made $84,368.00 when we took them over.
We moved out of our Livonia hall because all we had to show for it was rent
receipts totaling $13 million. HELLO! We pay that to our pension fund. Who owns
the building, when I asked, all Steve Minella had to say at the January General
Membership meeting was that "Old dilapidated building." IF IT IS DILAPIDATED
THEY LET IT GET THAT WAY! So instead of putting a little money into it, we pay
millions for a new building. The big question is how much did we spend on
renovations for this new building? Let me remind you, it is only 4 miles from
John's house. If John is so against renting, why do we rent a hall from his step
brother in St Clair, MI? We just bought 3 Cadillac Escalades for our top 3
officers to drive, but they tell us they need them to tote senators and
contractors around. Are our jeeps not good enough? So, are we in the taxi
business? When one of the business agents tell you what a great job John is
doing, remember they make 1K a year with, a jeep to drive and all the gas they
can burn. The business manager of 547 did not make what our agents make. With
all the money we have lost since Team Hamilton has been running our local, how
do they get up and tell us what a great job he is doing? Now let's talk about
union. Now our hall is full of rats because they voted to do away with their
union. You lead by example. For gods sake, we are a union, how do we let people
working for us stop being a union?
When I ask for expenditures for John and the Local in the General Membership
meetings, I don't get answers. I have been told "I don't know" or "I don't
recall." So yes, I send registered letters to the hall, but only get bits and
pieces. So I wonder if they have something to hide? Or is it that they just
don't want the membership to know?
Please, if you care about this Local. E-mail this to members of Local 324 or
make copies and hand them out on the jobs to members of Local 324. Until we all
know the fleecing of our local, it will not stop .
Local 12 Members continue cry for Democracy, urge brothers and
sisters to take action!
Trains, Jet planes and automobiles all paid for with union dues
money is pissing off many a local 12 operating engineer. The pissed off crane
operator got it started
and judging from the mail I've gotten many more are joining the
revolution. Read the letter from another operator who fears for his life, and
talks about beatings and
unresponsive BA's, waste and no work. Attached is also a LM2
report from the USDOL on how your Local 12 dues are being squandered to sustain
the high rolling leaders of Local 12.
Another Letter from another pissed off Local 12
Local 12 LM2
ONE PISSED OFF CRANE OPERATOR
This Members Voice echoes same theme
throughout the IUOE, we want Democracy!
January 10, 2012
I am a member of local 12 Pasadena, Ca.
At our Dec. general Membership meeting the Bus.
Manager In power for the last 40+ years decided to vaguely make
mention of a By- Law rule
change coming in the mail. I have found out
that they are going to make a change to the election process, by
requiring that a nominated
member have 100 signatures from current members
in order to run for office. Also they are only going to give 1
month to do this.
Easy for the Incumbent since he's being paid by
members to go around and get member signatures while a nominee has
to earn a living , so he
doesn't have time to get the required
signatures. I know someone mentioned the time frame should be Jan. till
June, but of course this
was shot down.
To ensure members pass the new By-Law they tied
it together with a new burial fund change giving more death benefits
to the recipient.
I think it is illegal to tie the 2 together ,
we'll have to find out if it passes and take it to the NLRB.
All this to keep the current administration in
charge, They ARE SCARED. Rightly so. They ran our medical into
the ground after 15
years of good work. They haven't taken pay cuts
as we have during the last 3 years. our medical plan is a joke. Funny
they expect the
employers pay for a costly plan and say we
deserve it, but the union hypocrite leaders when they are losing money
and have to make changes
do it on the backs of us members by giving us a
cut rate medical plan when they say they cant afford it.
Also for the last 2 years they haven't paid
claims timely or at all causing many members to have their credit
SCREWED UP. This would have
continued indefinitely if some members didn't
contact ERISA who monitors our plan. ERISA forced the union to
loan $10 million to our
medical to pay back the back log of claims and
are getting a loan to keep the program viable.
We gave $4.25 in the last contract back in
wages to fix their Screw-up of our medical plan. We pay over $3000.00 a year in supplemental
dues when our Union has
obviously more than 10 million dollars sitting
in an account somewhere. They buy expensive gas guzzling Chrysler 300's
to drive when even we
can't afford the $4.95 gas, let alone a new
car. And how come we cant get our cost of driving to the job taken care
of in our contract, but
we let them drive 300's to and from their homes
even if they live 100 miles away!
Our Pension also has been run into the ground
and we are at risk of having an outside entity take it over.
Losing wages to fix managements Mistakes, as we
ALL have lost many hours during this recession.
Have any office personnel been laid off like
us, they can't have much to do if were not working!
Oh Yea, did I mention the PRIVATE JET we have,
you know the ones the Democrats said companies should not use at the
cost to their Employees. HYPOCRITES!
I as one Local 12 member am not going to take
It's time to make a change, Throw out the
Entire HYPOCRITE Management with their Cronieistic, Nepotistical Ideals.
Put in Term Limits so this doesn't happen again.
The power needs to get back to the members,
after all it is OUR UNION!!!!
1 Pissed Off Crane Operator
January 4, 2012
Local 139 BM Supports Union Buster Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker / Local 150 Supports Right To Work Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels
What the hell is going on? What are we paying Union Dues
Gooch McGowan, IUOE Local 139 Bus. Manger,
union boss and 20 year politician, supported Scott Walker for WI governor, and
continues to support Gov Walker despite Walker's signing and support of
union-busting legislation. Boss McGowan has dragged anti-Walker rank and file
members into HIS very vocal and continued public support of Gov Walker.
Local 139 (all of
Wisconsin), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) pays from local
139 members' union dues, to the AFL-CIO, a union dues affiliation fee. Local 139
union boss Gooch McGowan supported Scott Walker for WI Gov and continues to
support now Gov Walker with union dues money i.e. campaign contributions, and
paid union staff support. Both the National and Wisconsin AFL-CIO are actively
fighting Gov Walker. But not Gooch.
In Illinois former business
manager and convicted criminal Bill Dugan started support for Gov. Mitch Daniels
and quoted in the union newspaper that "I defy anyone to tell me that support
for these Republicans was not in the best interest Of Local 150's members". Then
for almost 8 years Financial Sect. David Fagan continued to coddle and protect
this slimy SOB. Well now the perpetual lie of "Governor Mitch Daniels is our
friend", has finally come home to roost. Daniels is fully supporting the Right
To Work For Less act in Indiana. Leadership of Local 150 at it's lowest level is
finally exposed. How do you support and love a guy that on his first week in
office terminated the collective bargaining rights of tens of thousands of union
public employees? But Local 150 leaders did exactly that, and continued to
support and protect this sleaze bag, opportunistic piece of crap. Now 150
members and all union members in Indiana are about to suffer irreparable harm
because of their self serving decision making. Not only is Mitch Daniels leading
the charge for "right to work" for nothing, but is currently implementing
measures to make sure union members can't get in the capitol building to protest
this injustice by limiting the number of people allowed in the building during
the upcoming legislative session. And you and I paid dues money for this
opportunity to get screwed. Happy New Year.
Gov. Daniels signs 'right to work' bill; protest winds through Super Bowl
Department of Labor Sells Out Union Members for Big Labor
The Department of Labor (DOL) doesn’t need to loosen financial
disclosure for union bosses to take advantage of union members’ dues. Yet, this
is exactly what the Obama administration has done. On October 26, DOL published
a regulation that would weaken union members’ protections against fraud and
corruption by union leadership.
Read the whole story:
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Giblin Resignation Insures Mafia East Coast
The abrupt resignation of embroiled IUOE General President Vince Giblin seems
fishy at best. How does a man raking in hundreds of thousands of hard earned
members dues money walk away from a cash cow, was it the feds? Was it about his
convicted corrupt son? Maybe it was his wife that rumor says wants out, or the
fact that he was about to go down in flames because of his interference in the
election scandal at Local 501 in California where he tried to set up innocent
members to ensure his guys would survive? Whatever the reason, and we will find
out soon, his resignation, and what happened before that is what members should
really worry about. If you paid attention to the last IUOE magazine you would
had noticed the elevation of 2 officers in the IUOE chain of command. Anointed
to the 14th VP position was Greg Lalevee from local 825, Springfield NJ, the
other was James Callahan of Local 15 anointed to the new part time General
Sect./Treas. position. These 2 appointments assures the east coast will continue
dominate the IUOE. Isn't that just ducky, the 2 most Mafia influenced locals in
the US and we get their trash. Sick. The word on the street is that James
Callahan will be the anointed IUOE Pres. and Brian Hickey from Local 399,
Chicago will be General Sect/Treasurer. The poor dues paying member doesn't have
a prayer. Giblin presided over the most corrupt era in the IUOE, with more VP's
indicted than ever in the history of the union.
October 20, 2011
Local 501 and Vince Giblin jack slapped by
US Department of Labor
Once again the self proclaimed and anointed king
of the IUOE has had his lunch handed to him by the USDOL. In a blatant attempt
to frame members who spoke out about his cronies Giblin stuck his nose in the
members business and it got whacked. The USDOL has sanctioned not just the Local
but IUOE as well and the election will have to rerun, one way or another. The
USDOL has in its ruling declared the Defendants (Local 501) election for the
offices of Business Manager/Recording Secretary, President, Vice President,
Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee, one Auditor position and Executive
Board Member at large 2 to be void. Also directing the Local to conduct a new
election, pay the costs of this action, and for other relief as may be
appropriate. When will Giblin leave the democracy of the locals to the members?
Ill tell you when, when we dethrone the king by a one man one vote election. Get
Read the story here:
Background story about the phony charges
USDOL Complaint against the IUOE
September 23, 2011
The Hogs Are Back
Dugan trained, and and politically connected former Local 150 rep. Dennis Gannon
and Local 150 VP Jim McNally embarrassed the IUOE, Local 150 and its members
this week at a time when Organized Labor is already reeling from Tea Party
attacks, cheese head enemas from Wisconsin's Gov. Walker and the all out assault
on working men and women everywhere. These two boneheads are claiming they
followed the letter of the law when they applied for these outrageous pensions,
ok, maybe that's true, but where the hell was their moral compass? And did they
have anything to do with writing that law? Where is their compassion for the
working operator starving to death on the out of work list. These two mopes knew
exactly what they were doing, Gaming the system with the help of their
politically connected friends that are addicted to the crack cocaine called IUOE
PAC funds. Now Tom Cross the Republican minority leader in Springfield wants to
punish these morally perverse idiots. The same Tom Cross that received a $30,000
cash Statesman of The Year Award from Local 150 and a regular recipient of union
PAC funds, wow I cant wait to see that punishment. These two mopes are the
leaders local 150 members inherited from another Local 150 and IUOE VP crook,
Bill Dugan. Wake up members, they only care about themselves, not you!
August 5, 2011
Local 150 shows contempt for it's members, dedicates training
facility to a self admitted crook? While members are starving and the union
broke this administration asked the Feds to pay Dugan's way here for 3 days and
give him gifts with union dues money. Disgusting!
In a complete disrespect for thousand's of
operating engineers in local 150 the Sweeney administration chose to dedicate
the multi million dollar training facility to the memory of an indicted and
self admitted crook,
Bill (Buffalo) Dugan. This complete disregard for dues paying operating
engineers is irresponsible and unconscionable. This pirate conspired to trick
thousands of members to pay for this facility with an exorbitant dues increase
that has lasted for years and still exists today. Using thugery and meeting
stuffing he garnered the votes to pass a dues increase that members are still
paying for today. Not only that, the union entered a plea to the feds to allow
the union to pay for him and his family to attend and give him gifts. This is
the only President in the history of local 150 to be indicted and confess to
criminal action. Union leaders that steal from the members and dishonor their
union deserve jail, not platitudes. If this is the type of local we built? Hell
no. When are the members going to say enough is enough?? But what can you expect
when Dennis Giblin the son of the international IUOE does the same criminal
exploits. After you read these documents you will puke.
Unions Plea for Dugan's
expenses and gifts.
Chief Councils sad story.
Text from Dugan's
August 16, 2010
William E Dugan former IUOE VP and President and Business Manager
of Local 150 sentenced.
Another huge slap in the face for the members of the IUOE and a
continuing scandalous reputation for the International Union run by Vince
The retired leader of local 150 was sentenced today to three
years of probation for violating federal labor law by demanding and accepting
custom-made livestock feeders for his buffalo farm in Maryland from a company
that employed the union local’s workers, as well as other similar related
conduct. Dugan was also fined $30,000 and ordered to pay restitution and the
costs of his supervision while on probation, announced Patrick J. Fitzgerald,
United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
In addition, Dugan admitted the following related conduct: in
2002, he accepted the rental and delivery at his Maryland farm of a front-end
loader, with a value of $7,265, from a company unionized by Local 150 workers;
in 2004, this same company provided Dugan with a skid steer (small four-wheel
drive engine-powered machine with a lift arm capable of being fitted with
various attachments) at a price several thousands of dollars below market value;
between 2003 and 2005, he accepted two 400-bushel truckloads of feed corn each
year that, together with cash payments to Local 150, comprised the "rent" that a
farmer paid to cultivate land the union owned in Will County; in 2003, he
converted a front-end loader belong to the union apprentice program for his own
benefit at his Maryland farm, and between 2001 and 2006, he misused a
semi-tractor and trailers belonging to the apprentice program, while serving as
the program’s board chairman; and in 2005, he filed false reports with the Labor
Department failing to disclose the benefits he obtained from companies whose
workers were represented by Local 150.
August 9, 2010
VINCE GIBLIN'S SON PLEADS GUILTY TO USING HIS POSITION FOR
PERSONAL GAIN AND EMBEZZLEMENT
37-year-old former president of the International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 68 told a federal judge he hired a contractor in 2004 to install equipment
for the union’s training program. In exchange, Giblin said he accepted more than
$10,000 in renovations to his Jersey City condominium.
you dispute that you received an improper gratuity?" asked Assistant U.S.
Attorney Anthony Moscato.
said Giblin, who stood unshackled before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh
with his hands clasped, wearing a dark suit and tie.
admissions mark a long fall for Giblin, whose father,
Vincent J. Giblin, is the union’s national president and former chair of the
board of directors for Horizon Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New Jersey. His uncle,
state Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, is Local 68’s business manager and the
former state Democratic Party chairman.
said. He pleaded guilty to receiving kickbacks and embezzling. Giblin faces up
to one year in prison under the terms of his deal with prosecutors. He has not
agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in future investigation, said his lawyer,
scheduled Giblin’s sentencing for Nov. 29.
Dennis Giblin Charges
Dennis Giblin Plea Agreement
March 22, 2010
Former IUOE 2nd VP and President BM of powerful
Local 150 Bill Dugan Pleads Guilty.
A former local union boss who owns a buffalo farm in
Maryland pleaded guilty today in federal court in Chicago to a misdemeanor
charge of violating labor law by accepting livestock feeders from a company that
employed workers from the Chicago union.
William Dugan, former president of the Operating Engineers Union Local 150,
admitted to taking concrete buffalo feeders from an Elgin company in 2005. He
could face up to a year in prison when he is sentenced in September.
Dugan, 76, who retired from his union post in 2008, now lives on the buffalo
farm in Maryland. He formerly served on the Illinois Gaming Board.
As part of his plea agreement, Dugan also admitted illegally taking other items
of value in the past. Dugan said he accepted a front-end loader in 2002 from
another company that used union workers, according to his plea agreement. Dugan
also had a farmer who was renting land from the union give him two 400-bushel
truckloads of feed corn each year from 2003 through 2005.
In addition, he improperly used a semi-tractor and trailers belonging to an
apprenticeship program while he was chairman of its board in 2003.
Dugan's attorney, Joseph Duffy, declined to comment Monday. Dugan had no comment
as he left the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.
(read the indictment)
March 17, 2010
President Giblin throw's hissy fit! Employs my way or the
highway philosophy in Los Angeles Local 501.
At first, it seemed like a straightforward matter. Jim
McLaughlin, who had led the operating engineers’ union local in Southern
California for 17 years,
was reviewing some expense accounts and grew convinced that his local’s
apprenticeship coordinator had charged more than $2,000 in improper
expenses to the apprenticeship program.
March 8, 2010
Former IUOE VP Charged with violating Federal Labor Laws
CHICAGO — The retired leader of a regional labor union local was charged
today with violating federal labor law by allegedly demanding and accepting
livestock feeders from a company that employed the union local’s workers for his
buffalo farm in Maryland. The defendant, William E. Dugan, was charged in
a single-count criminal information filed in U.S. District Court, announced
Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for the Northern District of
Illinois; James Vanderberg, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of
Labor Office of Inspector General in Chicago; and Robert D. Grant, Special
Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Feb 4, 2010
Former union organizer pleads guilty in labor racketeering
A former organizer for Operating Engineers Local 17 on Wednesday
became the first person pleading guilty in connection with a labor racketeering
case filed against construction union leaders almost two years ago. Local 17 was
investigated for years by agents from the Buffalo offices of the FBI and the
U.S. Labor Department.
(read the story)
Bad Moon Rising over IUOE?
Do you belong in the IUOE General Pension Plan? Have you worked
for a local, a local apprenticeship program, or secretarial pool for a IUOE
Local? If so and you are not receiving or invited to participate in the plan you
better read this document and the IOUE constitution. It is very clear who is
eligible to participate, if you think you are eligible you should call the IUOE
immediately, better yet send a receipt certified letter, (sometimes they tend to
not tell the whole story) and get an affirmative yes or no as to whether you are
eligible, if they say no, send another receipt certified letter demanding in writing as to why. Here is a copy
of the eligibility information and the contact information for the IUOE. Ask for
Vince Giblin direct. International Union of Operating Engineers
1125 17th St.
NW, Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 429-9100
Fax: (202) 778-2613
(read the plan document)
(read IUOE Constitution page 110, Art. 27.)
another scandal brewing at the IUOE?
William K Duffy 2nd
General Vice President retires effective July 1, 2009. That was the story as
printed in IUOE Paper and reported in the Executive Board Minutes in Washington
DC. He has been business manager/president of Local 138 in Farmingdale, NY since
February 1994. Why would you take yourself off the IUOE gravy train? Could it
have something to do with NY Senator Joseph L Bruno? Why would his name come up
at Bruno's trial dealing with soliciting pension funds? Is this the real reason
he resigned, or was it to protect Giblin and the IUOE from yet another east
coast scandal? Wow, the plot thickens, stay tuned.
(Read more here)
Secretary Of Labor Enforces Supervised Local 150 Election
After two and half long years the members of Local 150 will get
at least a little satisfaction knowing that the USDOL Secretary will supervise
the next Local 150 election in August 2010. There are still many unanswered
questions members have concerning this election hopefully this extreme measure will
prevent any more fraud and abuse that was rampant in the last election. Local
150 has spent millions of members dues money fighting this suite and using other
lawsuits as Billy clubs to beat the members into submission and docility, this
will be the start of change for union democracy's sake.
(read the order here)
Local 825 Members screwed again.
woman accused of faking extortion, death
threats to cover up embezzling $5K from
IUOE Local 825
SPRINGFIELD -- When the FBI first approached Deborah Moshier in September,
she claimed to have a good excuse for embezzling $5,300 from a labor union
benefits fund in Springfield. She told investigators a fellow union employee had
been extorting her, demanding roughly $20,000, authorities said.
(read more here)
More idiots at IUOE Local 3. Local 3 land valued at $27 million sells for $2000.
On Nov. 16, a judge gaveled more salt into the wounds of the
Operating Engineers Local 3 Pension Trust Fund and the Amalgamated Bank. It came
in a tentative decision that established the value of the land at $27 million,
or 13,500 times more than the $2000 Bruce Palmbaum paid for it at the judicial
foreclosure auction. I hope the members sue.
Giblin Fails to end corruption in New York. Former Prosecutor Appointed to
Investigate Corruption in Crane Operators’ Union Local 14-14b
A federal judge has appointed a former prosecutor to investigate
corruption and mob influence in
the powerful union that represents most tower crane and heavy equipment
operators in New York
City, a move prompted by numerous convictions of union officials and organized
More issues for Local 501 members
IUOE investigates Local 501. Here's what the Foxes found in the
henhouse. It sure is strange that all these issues were found out by an IUOE
internal investigation team that doesn't seem to be able to find out crap in
Local 68, his kids own local that is under federal investigation. Read the
investigation findings here.
Something stinks from Local 324 in Detroit all the way to the IUOE in DC
This is how the big boys play with the peons money. After the
bone head investments by IUOE Local 324 lost $ millions
of members hard earned pension money it is becoming clear how
these arrogant bastards continue to screw IUOE union members across the country.
How many more scandals in the IUOE will it take for someone to clean house?
Giblin wont do it because
his own son and local 68 is under FBI investigation.
Local 825 is under trusteeship.
Local 501 was sent a letter that they were under investigation.
Locals 14 and 15 were the subject of an organized crime infiltration. FBI raid
VP and Local 150 President/Business Manager Bill Dugan's ranch in Maryland then
resigns amid FBI investigations.
Local 17 were indicted by the feds. What the hell Judge Zazzali
are you still alive, or are you bought and paid for too? Now Local 324 Business
manager and IUOE VP John Hamilton s name surfaces in a pension scandal. Another
one bites the dust! Read the disgusting truth here.
(read it here)
some 324 members comment
I agree with this 324 member, especially when the BA's of local
324 keep our retiree's working while a number of it's regular members that are
on the bench go with out, and especially when your local BA in your area keep's
calling out of area workers, cause he can't get along with his regular's in his
area, it's a shame that it has to be this way. Not a hiring hall either, BUT, as
this 324 member stated, 324 hall is not a hiring hall, just a refferal service,
what a joke that is.
Life go's on @ 324, bussiness a s usual.
Guess how much it cost to run 324 in Decemeber?
1.3 Million dollars according to the tresurers report at the
union meeting? Wow Can you post something about this waste on the site.
An open Letter to Members of IUOE Local 501
Well members it looks like there is a lot of turmoil going on
there in Local 501. I was requested to take down the letter posted from Sandra
Ascosta, because it may not have been from Sandra, someone is not being honest.
If any members wants to call or email me with the truth I am sure the other
members would like to know.
UPDATE: 10-6-09 General President Giblin issues investigation letter to Local
501. How convenient to investigate Locals that have leaders that disagree with
the Kingdom in DC.
(Read the letter here.)
Local 18 Members fight back against tyranny
New website launched to inform members of tyrannical business manager Pat Sink.
Election opposition member fined $9000, others threatened with arrest for
democratic vocalization at union meetings.
Appellate court upholds IUOE bullying tactic against rank
IUOE President Giblin pledges to
stop IUOE bullying tactics against
continues open season on his own rank and file. Members who rail against
the union establishment during local union elections will continue to have the
draconian practice of having their election web site locked up with password
protection. This is the decision of the appellate court in Washington DC. The
IUOE claims unbearable harm will befall the union because information from these
sites could leak into the hands of unscrupulous contractors. The same
contractors who are members and can get the same information on the job or at
the hall. A member can start a web site and put anything he wishes in his site
but if he supports a candidate it must be locked, what a load a crap. This is
more of the transparent policy Vince Giblin bragged about after he was anointed
President of the IUOE.
(Read Decision Here)
Local 324 members suffer with bonehead investments
Take the Operating Engineers. The pension fund for top
officials in its Washington headquarters has $85 million for 401 participants,
or $209,000 apiece. It is 108% funded. Local 324's $1.4 billion rank-and-file
fund has 18,000 participants, or $79,000 per head, and is 81% funded. Some of
the difference can be explained by boneheaded investments like the $60 million
Local 324 put into AA Capital or the $28 million it sank into rebuilding a
Detroit office building that it sold for $4.5 million in 2004.
Local 12 Operating Engineer Refused Burial Funds from IUOE
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Raymond J Barnes a 75 year old member of the Operating Engineers Local 12 was
abandoned by local union officials after passing away. The member was late with
a payment that would have given him burial benefits. The family claims he paid
for years and years and never missed a payment, but you see toward the end he
was suffering from Alzheimers and missed one payment.
Here's a guy who believed in labor unions all his life, he was a card carrying
member of Operating Engineers Local Twelve since the middle of the last century.
But when he passed away three weeks ago, union leaders turned their back on him
and his family. And now they're refusing to pay for his funeral, all because of
a fifty dollar mistake!
(check out the facts here)
July 20th update:
Members and press force union to change their tune!
General President Vince Giblins Son indicted and cuffed
appears before judge
Federal authorities in New Jersey today charged the nephew of a state
assemblyman with skimming union funds to pay for work on his condo.
Dennis J. Giblin, president of the International Union of Operating Engineers
Local 68 and administrator of its Education Fund, could face several years in
federal prison if convicted of the counts contained in a federal indictment.
Giblin's father, Vincent J. Giblin, is national president of the union and
chairman of the board of directors of Horizon Blue Cross-Blue Shield of New
His uncle is state Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, an Essex County Democrat who ran
the union for decades and now serves as its business manager.
Dennis Gilbin turned himself in this morning, then was brought in handcuffs
before a federal magistrate in Newark. He was released on $25,000 bail.........(Read
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Republicans screw Local
150 and Indiana Membership
Senate Republicans presented a bailout that
bites both employers and workers, but the initial plan -- now in negotiations
with House Democrats -- is drawing loud complaints from labor. David Fagan, the
Merrillville-based financial secretary for International Union of Operating
Engineers Local 150, said the 4,500 Indiana members of the union earn an average
of about $65,000 a year. He considers the Senate plan a "bad economic policy"
that "singles out the construction industry." Local 150 in the past has backed
Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels, who calls the Senate unemployment plan "an
3/28/2009 GOOD NEWS
Construction workers in Portland,
Ore., have come up with a unique way to help children with a serious disease. It
all began about three weeks ago when Roger Bullock, a 12-year member of
Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 701, found a penny on the floor of the elevator
he operates five days a week at a downtown Portland construction site.
Press Release: 2-21-2009
Engineers For A Democratic Union, Local 825 Chapter
Local 825 in conjunction with the IUOE and other
IUOE locals through the actions of certain union officials and members have
formed their own ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILY that has functioned as such by preying
on their memberships contractors, property owners and the American public.
Allowing the IUOE Organized Crime Family to continue their strangle hold that
they have held on 825's membership through elicit activities and intimidation
interferes with the right of Local 825 members to free speech and democratic
participation in the affairs of their labor organization and conspiring to
interfere with the right of the Local members to loyal and responsible
representation by their union officials, agents, employees and representatives.
It also creates a dangerous environment at construction sites throughout New
Jersey and New York.
For some unknown reason the Federal Government has dropped the BALL to properly
prosecute this RACKETEERING ENTERPRISE. The New Jersey US Attorney needs to
restart the TRAIN, SWITCH TRACKS AND PLAY FOLLOW THE LEADER into a new
direction, the same direction as the New York US Attorney pursued against IUOE
On the east coast its a family affair, you have the Soprano's,
the Campbell's, and then you have the Giblin's.
Dennis Giblin son of Vince Giblin the President of the IUOE was arrested for
doing what seems to be taken as a right for anyone in union office these day's.
Dennis the President of IUOE Local 68 is also the nephew of New Jersey state
Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Thomas Giblin just happens to be the Business Manager
for Local 68. Dennis was charged today in an alleged kickback scheme as federal
prosecutors continued to investigate what sources have called a corruption probe
into a union local and the politically active family that has run it for
(read more about this story here)
Club Fed Ahead for another
Giblin buddy and former IUOE VP
The leader of Springfield
N.J.,based IUOE union local 825 was sentenced today to three years and 10
months in federal prison for
participating in a bribery scheme tied to the building of the Goldman Sachs
office tower in Jersey City. Kenneth Campbell, of Basking Ridge, had risen from
a crane operator to the business agent of Local 825 of the International Union
of Operating Engineers. He admitted in October to taking more than $250,000 in
kickbacks and spending workers' money on televisions for himself and a Lincoln
Town Car for his father. "I wish I had stayed a crane operator," Campbell said,
his husky voice cracking as he stood before U.S. District Judge Stanley R.
Chesler. Chesler ordered Campbell to pay a $40,00 fine and about $247,000 in
restitution to the union. The crime, the judge said, was not simply a lapse in
judgment. "It was sheer unmitigated greed," Chesler
said. In exchange for the kickbacks, the contractors were allowed to circumvent
their collective bargaining agreement obligations, including using non-union
labor on some jobs and having fewer than the required number of operators on
certain pieces of equipment.
read the entire article here
(read a copy of the FBI complaint here)
IUOE Ethics Czar may be over his head...........
James R. Zazzali, a former New Jersey State judge with many other
impressive credentials, has been selected by Andy Stern to preside over a mixed
committee of eminent citizens and SEIU officials charged with the task of
developing a code of ethics cogent enough to discourage SEIU representatives
from misappropriating union money. The question is whether it is fair to burden
him with so heavy a responsibility, one that could require intense concentration
and a heavy investment of time. The problem is that Judge Zazzali is already
occupied with his job as a staff member of the International Union of Operating
Engineers. Earlier this year, he was hired, or retained, as the IUOE Ethics
Officer to enforce its newly strengthened Code of Ethics, which he had drafted.
Fulfilling just that responsibility alone could put anyone under an intolerable
strain because there is so much to do........
(read the entire article here)
IUOE debuts new
website look and previews long awaited Ethics information.
The IUOE is sporting a
new look these days with many new features and interesting links for IUOE
members. What is also new is the fact that you now have to register to see the
secret content, I am sure the secrecy has to do more with the 1st amendment
lawsuit against election websites than any pertinent content employers might
glean from the site. The other major addition is a page dedicated to the Ethics
reform instituted since corruption of many locals has appeared on this website
and in the national news. I would advise every member to look at this
ethics page and if necessary use the
procedure to file actions against any unethical practices that may be ongoing in
Feds could force
Local 150 to undo election
DOL documents accuse
Dugan and Sweeny of using employer funds and union funds to steal election
Chao vs Local 150
Canadian Local 793
members defeat web site rule
11,000 members of
local 793 have spoken, and over 65% of the members who attend the trial of Monti
Rose returned a not guilty verdict on the web-site rule. The charges against
Doug Styles Jr. the web-site designer were then withdrawn by the union. The
transcripts of the trial will soon appear on the website "www.timeforchange793.org"
(Click here to read the whole story)
Corrupt IUOE labor official gets no break for
his good deeds
A federal judge in Newark yesterday rejected
a defense notion that a union official's good deeds should cut months off his
prison sentence on bribery and tax evasion charges. Defense lawyer William
Lundsten asked for a break because Peter O. Strannemar, 66, of Blairstown, had
helped build a church, a school and a Boy Scout camp in northwest New Jersey,
even doing some of the manual labor himself. But U.S. District Judge Stanley
Chesler was not overly moved, saying Strannemar's crimes as president and
business agent of Local 825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers in
Springfield overshadowed his charitable acts. He sentenced him to 27 months.
(Do you think Giblin will throw him out now? Don't hold
Local 520 Granite City Illinois Forced To
On August 14, 2008,
OLMS entered into
a voluntary compliance agreement with the International Union of Operation
Engineers (IUOE) Local 520 (located in Granite City, Ill.), concerning the
election of officers conducted on August 10, 2007. The union agreed to conduct,
under OLMS supervision, a new election for the positions of Business Manager,
President, Vice President, Recording-Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and
Financial Secretary. The OLMS investigation of the challenged election
disclosed that union funds were used in the preparation of
campaign literature. The agreement follows an investigation by the OLMS
St. Louis District Office.
IUOE Local 3 Members FINALLY receive
justice, Doser pays!
IUOE does nothing!
Case # 05AS03698
Breach of Contract/Warranty
OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL. ETAL VS. DONALD DOSER
3 BUSINESS MANAGER, and IUOE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER
TO PAY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AND FORFEIT FUTURE PENSION BENEFITS IN
EXCESS OF $925,000.
The Court has now
issued its ruling on the jury verdict and the remaining claims against Doser. As
expected, and contrary to the inaccurate information Doser and his supporters
disseminated, the damages assessed against him are huge. Doser was found to have
breached his fiduciary duty to the membership and to have converted union funds
for his own personal gain. In issuing its ruling the court accepted the jury’s
finding of “breach of fiduciary duty” and “conversion” and added the official
court findings that Doser had engaged in “self-dealing” and had “unclean hands”
in accepting certain payments which were improper and a violation of his duty as
Business Manager. Having considered the jury’s verdict along with his own duties
as Judge in a Court of Equity, the Court has ordered Doser to pay as follows:
1. He must pay back
$238, 531 for unlawful pension benefits he has received as well as pre-judgment
interest at the rate of 10% per annum for the past 46 months. This interest
portion of his judgment will add approximately $50,000 to the total award.
2. His future
pension benefits are to be reduced by $5,185.47 a month which will result in a
reduction in his yearly benefits from about $108,544.32 per year to $45,939.76
per year, for an annual savings to the pension trust fund of $62,604.56 per
year. Over his entire life expectancy, this means that Doser will forfeit
approximately $925,313 in
which his wrongful manipulations of pension contributions would have brought
him, had we not gone after him in this suit.
3. He must repay
$129,130 in improper vacation payments he took on his retirement.
4. He must repay
$108,544 in improper sick leave payments he took.
5. He must repay
more than $24,000 in expenses from double dipping on his reimbursements for his
duties as an International Vice President.
In total the actual
damages awarded against Doser amounts to $500,760, including interest, and he
will forfeit $925,000 in future pension benefits. Thus, the present and future
value of the judgment is in excess of 1.4 million dollars. After the trial Doser
and his supporters claimed that the current administration was lying to the
membership when it claimed jury trial victory because he had instead “kicked
their ass”. The truth is that he was found to have taken the members’ money
authorization and unlawfully tried to inflate his pension benefits by more than
a million dollars. This administration has vigorously pursued this litigation
against Doser in order to correct the wrongs he committed while in office and to
send a message that no-one can get away with misusing the very great powers
properly given to him by the Constitution and By-Laws of our Union and by trying
to improperly capitalize on his popularity by seeking improper and excessive
personal gain because he thought he deserved more for his efforts. It is a sad
day for our Union when we have to pursue a former Business Manager, whom we all
trusted because he did such a good job in so many ways. But it is a great day
for the transparency of our Union when we can clean house ourselves and recover
the members’ money when it has been misappropriated.
Business Manager John Bonilla has threatened to sue the Union for his own
attorney fees incurred in defending a cross-claim brought against him by former
house counsel Paul Supton and others in this same action. The Business Manager
is in consultation with the Executive Board to consider all legal options not
only regarding Mr. Bonilla’s claim as well as his improprieties in allowing Mr.
Doser to do what he did. Mr. Bonilla was at the helm when Mr. Doser was not only
kept on the payroll as “Business Manager Emeritus”, an essentially “ghost”
employee after Bonilla took over as Business Manger on his birthday, November 3,
2003. Significant evidence came out during pre-trial proceedings and at trial
that disclosed that Bonilla’s active role
was far greater than
he has claimed. There are serious questions raised about Bonilla’s own
culpability in these events.
Department of Labor is continuing with its own investigation into all these
events. The Union’s attorneys will be meeting with the DOL this week to discuss
all these developments.
So there can be no
further misrepresentations of the result of this important trial, we are
attaching to this summary the actual ruling of Judge Van Camp and the Verdict
form. There are still some remaining issues that the Judge will be called upon
to decide which may result in additional damages being assessed against Doser.
We will keep you posted.
(check our page 6)
Local 150 Union buckles under weight of the truth.
According to a
letter from the NLRB Local 150 has now decided to comply with the Labor
Boards decision and admit they were wrong, Roddie Thomason business agent lied,
and they screwed a fellow member. They are now obligated to pay $38, 121.55 out
of the locals treasury to a member who was ahead on the out of work list, but
not the member who blew the whistle. That members gets punished not rewarded.
The member who got the money had to be subpoenaed just to testify. The whole
process was designed to screw former business agent Ron Chiado's son. So much
for brotherhood. The worst part of the story is that Local 150 Lawyers with
union cards in their pockets spent dues money on members time to cover up a
lying business agent and screw a fellow member all because of politics. All
because they want to show they are better than the members not equal with them.
Lawyers that are union members fighting against members who run the iron day in
and day out is the most blatant misuse of trust in this local. This is what got
elected not what the members wanted.
(Labor Board Letter)
lawsuit hits Local 150 leaders over grievance settlements
Local 150 of the
International Union of Operating Engineers, one officer Steven M. Cisco, and two
of its business agents Bob Darling, and Chuck August are being sued in federal
court by two operators who allege that these members of the Joint Grievance
Committee accepted a bribe to fix the outcome of a grievance filed against their
employer. The suit further a pattern of racketeering activity addressed by the
RICO statue. “Defendants’ fraudulent acts are not isolated but rather are part
of a fraudulent pattern of conduct through which the defendants encouraged,
support, and otherwise participated in a pattern of and practice of soliciting,
seeking, securing, and otherwise accepting bribes to fix, change, or otherwise
unfairly impact grievances involving Local 150 members,” the suit states.
Former Local 825
Lead Engineer Admits Taking Bribes from Contractors
NEWARK – A former lead engineer of Local 825 of the
International Union of Operating
Engineers pleaded guilty to taking bribes from two contractors
at two construction
projects, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced.
George Horbach, 61, of Saddle Brook, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge
Stanley R. Chesler to a two-count Information, which charges him with conspiracy
to demand and
receive unlawful labor payments on two occasions. Under federal
law, it is unlawful for a representative of employees, such as a lead engineer,
steward, or business agent to demand or receive money or anything of value from
an employer. Oh yea I think unethical also.
More scandal for
Giblin. Prosecutors to oversee NYC construction union
July 28, 2008
Amid civil RICO claims
and mobster prosecution. A consent decree between prosecutors and Local 14 of
the International Union of Operating Engineers allows a federal judge to appoint
two officers who can dismiss and appoint union officials, seize union assets and
visit job sites to root out corruption. Will Local 150 be next?
Gestapo tactics against Canadian Freedom of speech, harasses apprentice cancer
Dated: Jul 15, 2008
Crane apprentice who
developed website threatened with being thrown out of union for not shutting
website. IUOE continues its stranglehold against anyone who seeks free and fair
(Read the whole story)
IUOE 2nd VP Bill
Dugan Resigns from Local 150 amid scandals and FBI investigations.
More problems for
Giblin and Local 825
Both Kenneth Campbell
and Pat Campbell in serious trouble.
Federal agents raid
IUOE 2nd Vice President Bill Dugan's ranch
May 30, 2008
Federal agents early this morning raided a Maryland
buffalo ranch and hunting store owned by prominent Chicago-area labor leader
William E. Dugan in connection with a wide-ranging criminal probe.
Labor Board finds
IUOE Local 150 Guilty of Unfair Labor practice against it's own members
May 13, 2008
In a decision issued
April 30, 2008, Region 33 of the National Labor Relations Board denied an appeal
by IUOE Local 150 for violating members rights and subversion of the hiring hall
practices. The board and the ALJ John West found continually that one of the
Dugan Administrations hand picked BA's Roddie Thomason lied repeatedly under
oath to cover up an open violation of the hiring hall practices.
(read the transcript here, especially page 19)
IUOE Local 17 a
May 10, 2008
IN THE DISTRICT
COURT OF THE UNITED STATES for the Western District of New York MAY 2007 GRAND
JURY Impaneled 5/04/07.
There existed in
the Western District of New York, and elsewhere, an "Enterprise" as that term is
defined in Title 18,United States Code, Section 1961(4); namely, a labor union
and a group of individuals associated in fact. The Enterprise consisted of a
labor union known as the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 17,
AFL-CIO (hereinafter, Local 17), a labor organization as defined under the Labor
Management Relations Act, Title 29, United States Code, Section 152(5), with
principal offices located at 5959 Versailles Road, Lakeview, New York 14085.
Former Local 825 BA
admits taking bribes from contractor.
May 10, 2008
NEWARK – A former business agent of Local
825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers pleaded guilty today to
taking a bribe from a contractor in exchange for permitting the contractor to
use non-union labor, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. Arthur
Heimall, 69, of Sussex, pleaded guilty to a one-count criminal Information
before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler, charging him with conspiracy to
demand and receive an unlawful labor payment. Under federal law, it is unlawful
for any officer or employee of a labor union, such as a business agent, to
demand or receive money or anything of value from an employer that the labor
IUOE Local 547
Election Overturned by DOL
APRIL 26, 2008
Department of Labor
overturns another crooked election. Gary Lucy reported today with good news that
the Department of Labor has overturned last summers election in IUOE Local 547
and the election will be rerun. This is good news for all reformers who
sometimes wonder if David has a chance against the IUOE goliath. More to come.
To learn more about another crooked election go to
supervising troubled Buffalo-area local
April 15, 2008
Buffalo-area Local 17 because of racketeering indictments.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The
International Union of Operating Engineers is now running its Buffalo-area local
because the president and 11 other officers and members are charged with
racketeering and extortion. Local 17's executive board requested the supervision
after President Mark Kirsch and the others were indicted last week. The parent
union agreed, saying the action is necessary to protect the interests of the
union and its members. The International Union of Operating Engineers represents
405,000 heavy equipment operators, mechanics and maintenance workers in the
United States and Canada. Local 17 has about 2,500 members in western New York.
The indicted members of Local 17 are on unpaid leave from the union.
U.S. Labor Dept. sues 5/3rd Bank, IUOE Local 324 Pension in
$28 million real estate
investment sold for $4.5 million
– The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Fifth Third Bank, an Ohio corporation
advisor to the Operating
Engineers Local 324 Pension Fund in Troy, Michigan, to recover plan losses
suffered when the
defendants mismanaged the sale of property owned by the fund.
The bank and Carey
Milestone Advisors LLC, another Ohio company, managed real estate investments on
behalf of the
pension plan. Based on the advice of Carey Milestone Advisors, the bank
furnished the plan
with a strategy for
development of property located at 1001 Woodward in Detroit, Michigan. Fifth
Bank subsequently reversed
its development strategy and sold the property to the Cavaliere Group for
only $4.5 million
in 2004. At the time the sale took place, the plan had invested more than $28
in the property.
(click here to read story)
IUOE Union hogs
feast at the members expense, Giblin gets $42,712 raise!
Check out this report
taken from the 2006 and 2007 LM2 report on the
$42,712 raise for poor Vince Giblin
Officers and members of IUOE Local 17, indicted in New York!
continues in the IUOE henhouse under fox Vince Giblins watch as United States
Attorney Terrance P. Flynn announced today the unsealing of an 8-count
Superseding Indictment charging 12members of Operating Engineers Local 17, based
in Hamburg, New York, with engaging in a violent scheme to extort jobs and
compensation associated with those jobs from both local and out-of-town,
businesses and their employees.
here to read the press release)
Business Agent from IUOE local 825 pleads guilty to taking bribes, implicates
(click here to read the report of the U. S. Justice
Department just published today)
Campbell 8th IUOE VP and Business Manager of Local 825 indicted!!
Newark: Kenneth P. Campbell, 56, of Basking Ridge, and Peter O.
Strannemar, 66, of Blairstown, were
arrested this morning on an Indictment, which was unsealed today, by Special
Agents with the
FBI, the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General’s Office of Labor
and Fraud Investigations, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Both
before U.S. Magistrate Judge Esther Salas for their initial appearances.
Campbell and Strannemar
were each released on $100,000 bonds secured by equity in their homes.
According to the
Indictment, these defendants and their co-conspirators demanded and received
cash from the companies in exchange for labor peace and to permit the companies
requirements of a collective bargaining agreement. According to the Indictment,
and their co-conspirators obtained at least $88,000 in cash from the steel
erector company and at
least $23,600 in cash from the plumbing company. In addition, the Indictment
Strannemar received free household appliances from the plumbing company, which
delivered to his cabin in New York. The Indictment alleges that after A.M.
obtained the cash
payments from the companies’ representatives, it was given to C.W., who then
delivered it to
Campbell and Strannemar.
Levy Co. Workers decertify Local 150
continue to get punished while the IUOE does nothing to uphold the IUOE
Constitution or punish the Business Manager....
In 2006 the Business
Manager for Local 98 in Massachusetts was found guilty by the Local trial board
for denouncing a black member in blatantly racists term and of threatening him
with reprisals. The BM got 20 hours of diversity training, but for the black
operating engineer of 28 years things continued to get worse. Why wasn't this BM
fired? Why wasn't this member supported by Giblin and his do nothing VP's? You
have to read this story to believe it. This is your IUOE at work.......
BNA Reports 1-2-08
Members Can Sue IUOE Local 150 President Bill Dugan for
using training fund for personal use
United States Federal Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer gave the go
ahead for members of Local 150 to sue its President/Business Manager and 2nd
Vice president of the IUOE with their claim that Dugan breached his fiduciary
responsibility under ERISA by using assets of unions apprenticeship training
fund for his own personal benefit.
Read the BNA report.
Read the court case description here.
Federal agents raid union offices and Jersey City home
of Local 68's president, Dennis Giblin
U.S. agents raid union offices led by a key Jersey Democrat
Nov. 22 -- JOHN P. MARTIN AND ELIZABETH MOORE -- Star-Ledger Staff
Federal agents yesterday raided the offices of a West Caldwell union long headed
by state Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, part of what sources said is an ongoing
corruption probe into the union and the politically active family that has run
it for decades. Armed with a search warrant, about a dozen agents from the
Department of Labor and U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrived at the West
Caldwell offices of International Operating Engineers Local 68 around 9 a.m.,
ushering workers into a hall and demanding personnel and business records from
union leaders. Agents also served warrants at other Local 68 sites and the
Jersey City home of Giblin's nephew, Dennis Giblin, the union's current
president and fund administrator.
Thomas Giblin, the former chairman of the state Democratic Party who served as
Local 68 president for nearly three decades, emerged from the West Caldwell
offices and denied any wrongdoing. Giblin, whose current title is business
manager, said he and other workers complied with the agents' requests. "We're
going to cooperate, whatever the government wants," he said later. "Based on my
feeling, I don't believe I've done anything wrong."
Giblin, 59, said he had "no idea" what the probe was about, and speculated it
might involve a disgruntled employee.
The sources, who requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing,
declined to discuss specifics of the case and a spokesman for U.S. Attorney
Christopher Christie said the office would have no comment.
The warrants listed Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Moscato, a member of the
U.S. Attorney's Strike Force, a unit that focuses on organized crime.
In past years, the same unit has investigated mob influence and prosecuted labor
officials in other New Jersey locals for embezzling benefit funds, awarding
no-show jobs and defrauding their unions.
Agents spent more than six hours at the Local 68 site in West Caldwell, poring
over contracts, correspondence, payroll logs and other records. It was unclear
how much material they seized.
But the raids were an unexpected development involving one of New Jersey's more
politically active and prominent Democratic families. Giblin, a longtime
Democratic powerbroker in Essex County, rose to state party chairman after
helping James E. McGreevey win the governor's seat in 2001. He stepped down four
years later and the next year lost a bruising party primary for Essex County
Executive. Giblin, from Montclair, is in his first term as a Democratic
assemblyman. He has been a Local 68 member for more than 30 years, following his
father, John, who served as the union business agent and later won election to
the state senate.
His brother, Vincent, was until this year chairman of the New Jersey Casino
Redevelopment Authority, the state agency that collects and distributes casino
taxes. Vin cent Giblin also serves as general president of the Washington, D.C.-
based International Union of Operating Engineers, a 400,000-member construction
workers union. Dennis Giblin is his son; he could not be reached for comment
late yesterday. Local 68, founded in 1958, represents nearly 5,800 New Jersey
workers. The West Caldwell site and another one in Atlantic City provide
specialized training for the engineers, from apprentices to journeymen, who work
with refrigeration systems, power plants, boilers and air-conditioning systems.
For nearly half its existence, Thomas Giblin was president of Local 68. He said
he left that post in 2004. He collects a $199,000 salary as business manager,
according to an annual report filed this year with the Department of Labor.
The union buildings are located in a corporate park off Passaic Avenue, a main
thoroughfare that runs from Fairfield through West Caldwell. The buildings are
in the flight path of the Essex County Airport. About 14 employees were at the
offices when the agents arrived yesterday morning. Giblin said neither he nor
the union had a defense lawyer but they would be hiring one. He called the raids
"unfortunate" but said he was hopeful Local 68 could still hold training classes
last night. "These are civic and law-abiding folks," he said.
John P. Martin covers federal courts and law enforcement. He may be reached at
973-622-3405 or at
OPERATING ENGINEERS (IUOE Local 150)
Illinois President Re-Elected Despite Kickback Accusation
The word of Bill Dugan proved more believable than that of his accusers - at
least to most members of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.
Dugan on August 25 was re-elected to his eighth term as president and business
manager of the suburban Chicago local in the face of allegations from about 125
members that he'd been accepting monthly kickbacks of $100 each. Receiving 61
percent of the vote, Dugan denied wrongdoing, insisting that a lawsuit filed
earlier this year by dissenters against him was politically motivated. Still,
the lawsuit remains in force, which suggests that the dissenters, led by
challenger Joe Ward, might have a point or two. The 22,000-member Local 150,
based in Countryside, Ill., represents operators of
cranes, backhoes, bulldozers and other equipment in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.
(Chicago Tribune, 8/28/07). .
OPERATING ENGINEERS (IUOE)
Northern New Jersey Business Manager’s Office Raided by Feds
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 68 is a Giblin family affair.
Federal law enforcement officials think this affair has been going on for too
long. In an exclusive interview with Brian Thompson of New York City’s WNBC-TV,
Tom Giblin, the union’s business manager, admitted that agents from the Labor
Department’s Office of Inspector General had executed a search warrant of the
West Caldwell, N.J. union’s offices. Moreover, the agents had served subpoenas
on several employees who manage the union’s trust funds.
Giblin hastened to note that he himself had not been served, and added that the
searches were based on questionable accusations of a disgruntled former
employee. But that hardly means he’s out of the woods. Law enforcement sources
told Thompson that Giblin is a key target of a corruption probe, along with his
brother, Vincent, a top official of the international union. What’s more, agents
on November 21 searched the home of Vincent Giblin’s son, Dennis, who runs Local
68’s trust funds. The unfolding case has political significance for New Jersey.
Tom Giblin long has been active in Essex County politics, and for several years
was chairman of the state Democratic Party. (WNBC-TV.com, 11/22/06).
IUOE Local 3
Local sues outgoing Business manager and attorneys to recoup hundreds of
thousands given to Don Doser.
While leaders of New York's Central Labor Council were agonizing over what to do
after their president was indicted for stealing a few million dollars from
unions and assorted other sources, members of Operating Engineers Local 3 on the
West Coast did not wait upon law enforcement authorities after they discovered
that their business manager had misdirected the local's money. By New York
standards, it was a modest amount, only $500,000. Still, it was their money.
They shamed their executive board into retaining an independent investigator
whose report became public property in the local. They organized an insurgent
slate which defeated the business manager and ended his control over the local.
Then the local sued to try to get the money back. It was not an easy
undertaking. This is a construction local with over 40,000 members scattered
over four states, including Hawaii. Here, according to informed local members,
this how they did it:
TEAMSTERS STEAL ELECTION
Teamsters indicted in union vote fraud case
By Jeff Coen | Tribune staff reporter
11:56 AM CDT, September 7, 2007
An officer of Teamsters Local 743 in Chicago has been indicted
along with three former union employees in an effort to rig elections in
2004, authorities announced today. In two closely contested elections a few months apart, the defendants
allegedly diverted hundreds of mailed, official ballot packages to
friends, relatives and confidants instead of Local 743 members. They
then cast the ballots to ensure the election of an incumbent slate of
officers running under the "Unity Slate," the indictment alleges.
Charged with conspiracy to commit fraud are Richard Lopez, 53, of
Maywood, identified by prosecutors as the secretary-treasurer for
Teamsters Local 743; as well as Cassandra Mosley of Gary, Mark
Jones of Joliet and David Rodriguez of Chicago. Mosley and Jones were union business agents until last year,
authorities said. Rodriguez was an organizer since 2003, the U.S.
attorney's office stated.
There were no immediate court appearances set in the case. The
four charged could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted,
prosecutors said. Local 743 represents about 12,000 union members in warehouse,
office, medical, service and other industries, authorities said.
UNION AIMS TO START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
LABOR | Reformers win Teamsters vote
supervised by feds
October 24, 2007
A slate of reformers has been elected to head
the Teamsters' 12,000-member Local 743, where last month its president was
indicted for helping steal the last election.
Members elected all but one trustee of the
743 New Leadership Slate headed by Richard Berg, who received 1,112 votes for
president, narrowly beating opponent Reginald D. Ford, who garnered 1,058 votes.
"This is great," said Berg, who lost in his
last bid for president. "It's been a long time coming. The 743 New Leadership
slate has been part of the rank-and-file movement that has been tying to rid our
local of corruption and give the union back to our workers. We've very pleased."
The union represents transportation, clerical, food service, nursing home and
The election was supervised by the U.S. Labor
Department. In September, federal prosecutors indicted Local 743 President
Richard Lopez along with three other union members alleging they schemed to
defraud the local by diverting hundreds of ballots that had been returned to the
union by mail because the addresses were old or no longer good. The four were
accused of changing the addresses in a union database and having the ballots
sent to friends, relatives or associates who weren't union members.
Berg filed a complaint with the Labor
Department, which found the ballots had been diverted. In a July settlement,
union officials admitted a controller shredded the eligibility list, noting that
might have affected the outcome of the election.
"Our first priority is to clean all the
corruption out of 743 and then use the resources to give full representation to
the members," Berg said.
FROM THE IUOE
IUOE President Vincent J Giblin had to report, on LM-30,
that he had received $181,900 in salaries from Blue Cross, a union vendor.
However, the Lawyers decision in Local 237 is not the ruling of a law
enforcement authority but a private finding. The form is on file with the Labor
Department, which will have to decide what to do about it.
Click here to review the LM30
from the Union Democracy Review
Corruption charge dropped against a Jersey City man
woes continue for Giblin
BY GUY STERLING
NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE
A federal complaint charging a Jersey City man with participating in a kickback
scheme was dropped yesterday, an accusation that implicated the president of a
union local who's a member of a family prominent in New Jersey labor circles.
U.S. Magistrate Claire C. Cecchi in Newark signed an order brought to her by
government lawyers that stated prosecution of Christopher Ruton, 35, on the
conspiracy charge was "not in the best interests of the United States at this
Ruton's attorney, Henry Klingeman, predicted the
charge against Ruton - that he had his apartment in Jersey City renovated at a
discounted rate as part of the scheme - will not be brought back. In the
days since his client was arrested on a criminal complaint in late November,
Klingeman said, he presented federal prosecutors with evidence that Ruton had
properly contracted for the work and paid fair market value for the job. "I'm
grateful the government rectified its mistake within a relatively short period
of time and did not put Mr. Ruton through the ordeal of a trial," Klingeman
added. But prosecutors weren't as definitive. "This doesn't mean that aspect of
the investigation or any part of the investigation is over," said Assistant U.S.
Attorney Anthony Moscato. "This is very much an ongoing investigation.' In the
complaint charging Ruton, Dennis J. Giblin, president of the International
Operating Engineers Local 68 and administrator of its Education Fund, was
identified by his title and initials.
Giblin was not charged but allegedly accepted free and discounted painting and
carpentry services for his Jersey City home from a contractor who worked for the
union. According to authorities, Giblin directed the contractor to work on
Ruton's unit in exchange for additional work with the fund.
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