Running a buffalo farm in Maryland might not seem to have much in common with running one of the Chicago area's largest unions. But William E. "Bill" Dugan did both. And it was the overlap of those worlds that explains his predicament. Dugan, the retired president and business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, was sentenced on October 14 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to three years probation for demanding, and getting, donations of several custom-made livestock feeders for his farm from a firm that employed IUOE Local 150 workers, and for committing related offenses. He also was ordered to pay a $30,000 fine plus supervision costs. Dugan earlier had made $10,800 in combined restitution to the local and a related apprenticeship program which he chaired.
On 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.
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).
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