With the June 23 arraignment of Scott Doyle, fed. prosecutors have moved on the first member of a family dynasty that has been accused of running Teamsters Local 456 to its own benefit for decades. In 2002, the Teamsters Independent Rev. Bd. (IRB) documented a pattern of nepotism and financial misdoing in the Elmsford, N.Y. Local, by the Doyle family, where three generations have exercised considerable influence in a union that has not had a contested election since 1971. In response to that report, IBT pres. James Hoffa appointed Dan Kane as temp. trustee of the Local. Since then, Kane has seen the union’s office burglarized and the tires of his assistants slashed in the union parking lot.
Scott, a 30-yr.-old shop steward is the son of frmr. 456 boss Edward Doyle, and the nephew of Bernard Doyle, who was the head of Local 456 until Kane’s appointment in 2003. He is accused by the U.S. Attny. for the Sou. Dist. of N.Y. with attempting to obstruct a fed. grand jury investigation of the union. Part of that investigation focused on “no show” union jobs assigned to certain preferential members of the union with connections to the Local 456 hierarchy.
Doyle the son is charged with instructing another person to withhold daily construction logs (commonly known as “green books”) that had been subpoenaed by the grand jury. Doyle is also charged with altering a green book that had been subpoenaed by the grand jury to make it appear as though he had worked at a particular Teamster job site on specific days, when in fact the original version of the green book indicated that Doyle had not worked at the site on those days.
According to a confidential source — a site supervisor for Delcon Construction Co. at the Yorktown Heights High School from Sept. 2001 through Sept. 2002 — Doyle was on Delcon’s payroll as a Teamsters shop steward. Although Doyle did not regularly appear for work, Doyle was paid as though he did. Indeed, Doyle told the source that he and other Teamster members had “no show” jobs at the Yorktown School Project and other Delcon job sites. Doyle allegedly told the supervisor that for a job site to run (without labor problems), you needed a “no show” job for a Teamster.
The grand jury issued a subpoena to the source seeking the Yorktown project’s green books. The supervisor reportedly produced 1 green book covering the time period of Sept. to Dec. of 2001. After FBI and Labor Dept. investigators copied the green book and returned the original to him, the source met with Scott Doyle. According to the complaint, Doyle later retuned the book to the source with new entries reflecting that a Teamster with the initials “SD” had worked some 65 days at the Yorktown from Sept. 2001 to Dec. of 2001. Allegedly, Doyle also told the supervisor not to produce any other green books to the federal agents working on the case. “That’s it,” Doyle reportedly said. The rest [of the green books] you don’t have.” [U.S.A.O. S.D., N.Y., 6/23/04]