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).  


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Maryland Local Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

On May 3, Walter Fisher, former treasurer for Local 1949 of the United Transportation Union, pleaded guilty in federal court for the District of Maryland to one count of embezzling funds from the Ellicott City-based union in an amount greater than $30,000 but less than $70,000.  The guilty plea follows an investigation by the Labor Department.  (OLMS, 5/30/07).  


Former Secretary-Treasurer of Pittsburgh-Area Local Sentenced

On May 9, Stephen Kostelac, former secretary of the Donora, Pa.-based Local Lodge 906 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to six months home detention and five years probation.  He also will be required to pay $26,079.38 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment.  Kostelac, 51, a resident of Fayette City, Pa., pleaded guilty in February to one count of embezzling union funds during the period January