Louisiana Boss Fired for Wrongful Politicking

The St. Tammany Fire Protection District (La.) board voted 3-1 Mar. 9 to fire Slidell Firefighters Ass’n boss Terrel Noland for illegal political activities by a civil servant. The District found Noland guilty of influence-peddling in the 1998 Slidell City Council elections. Louisiana law allows union officials who also are under civil service to have a right to speak and take certain actions on behalf of the union. But Noland allegedly offered several council candidates union financial and political support in exchange for agreeing to appoint someone new to one or both of the two board slots appointed by the council. Noland denied making any quid pro quo offers. [Times-Picayune 3/10/99]

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Pulls Plug on Buffalo’s Propaganda Radio
The radio program, “Prospering in America,” a union-funded, far-left radio program lost its funding Mar. 5, ending a 6-year run on WHTT-FM in Buffalo. The union show was forced to close …

Local 2507 Bosses Suspended

DC37’s Local 2507 executive board suspended its president, Kevin Lightsey, vice-president, Kirk Delnick, and secretary-treasurer, Rudy Boyd, Jan. 6 amid allegations of financial corruption. The board gave no official explanation, but Richard McAllan, a board member, said, “There’s a pattern of deception that was going on, particularly relating to auto reimbursements.” Another source leaked that Lightsey and Delnick were suspended for double dipping. Allegedly, Local 2507 had leased Buick LeSabres for each boss while they also received a $7,200 annual vehicle allowance from DC37. The source also said that Boyd was suspended for mismanaging finances and obstructing investigations. There were also allegations that Lightsey and ex-secretary-treasurer Alfred Loving wrongfully obtained a union credit card and charged questionable items. Loving is awaiting trial for allegedly forging a union check for a car down payment. [N.Y. Times & Newsday 1/7/99]

Financial Chaos Envelops DC37
DC37 faces $4.5 million in unexpected expenses …

Boss Coia Under Investigation in Canada

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario, not Laborers’ Int’l Union of No. Am.’s “internal reform effort,” has opened a fraud investigation into the “finances and dealings” of the Labourers’ Pension Fund of Central & Eastern Canada. LIUNA president Arthur A. Coia is one of the Fund’s 5 trustees being probed. Coia is also the Fund’s chairman. Investigators are probing a tainted 1989 land deal that the Fund paid $23.7 million for a parcel of land that is now allegedly worth $5 million. But the Fund’s books  value the at $28 million. The property is in Stoney Creek, Ontario. There were purportedly plans to have condos built, but there has be no development on the land. The parcel is owned by a company that is wholly controlled by the Fund. Ontario law and LIUNA’s own conflict-of-interest rules stated that the Fund’s assets cannot be invested in a “corporation wholly owned or …

Latest Report Details Corruption at the Top of Union

An 80-page report, released Sep. 22 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for N.J details discipline taken against 24 bosses of the Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Int’l Union have been disciplined under an internal reform process supervised by the U.S. Justice Dep’t. The “Fourth Report of the Monitor of HERE” describes the corrupt practices at the highest levels of the union including: Edward T. Hanley, who stepped down as general president in July after serving in that capacity for 25 years (see: UCU 1.4 7/27/98); and his son, Thomas Hanley, HERE’s director of organization until Aug. 31 (see: UCU 1.8 9/21/98). Others disciplined include locals bosses in Chicago, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland many of whom were linked to organized crime. The report is full of financial mismanagement, fraud, cronyism, nepotism, inadequate internal controls and undemocratic practices. It illustrates union officers using union funds for their own personal expenses; officers …

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