Former President of Chicago-Area Operating Engineers Local Pleads Guilty

Operating engineersOn March 22, Bill Dugan, former president of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, pleaded guilty to one count of receiving concrete feeds from an employer whose employees the 22,000-member Countryside, Ill.-based union represents. He had been charged with a misdemeanor on March 10. Back in 2007, though re-elected for an eighth term, Dugan was sued by dissenting union members for allegedly accepting monthly kickbacks of $100. The guilty plea follows a joint investigation by the Department of Labor and the FBI.