[ Laborers International
Union of North America (LIUNA) ]
Bosses Drop Frivolous
Suit Against Connecticut Dissident
Union of North America Local 230 Boss Charles LeConche
withdrew a lawsuit on July 2, 1999 against dissident
Stephen Manos. It stemmed from a heated election
campaign in 1997-98 in which Manos challenged LeConche's
grip on the Hartford local.
Manos secretly recorded
a July 30, 1997 meeting of Local 230's executive board
at which LeConche reportedly threatened and assaulted
According to the tape,
are about this [expletive] close to me coming over
there and ripping your [expletive] throat out!"
(A potential violation
of the Hobbs Act.)
Then, Manos said, LeConche
rushed at him, and LeConche associate,
threw him out the door.
LeConche's last words
to Manos were: "We own you now!"
In addition to local
bosses present, LIUNA vice-president Vere O. Haynes
saw the incident. Manos posted the tape to the internet
and gave it to law enforcement
In March, 1998, LeConche
sued Manos alleging "personal, professional and
pecuniary harm" saying that he (Manos) had
made false statements to the FBI, Hartford Police and
After Manos testified
before the U.S. House in May 1998, LeConche accused
of criminal conduct."
LeConche settled the
suit days after Manos served a subpoena on him in a
Manos and two other
dissidents, Gary Wall and William Cooksey,
are suing Local 230, LIUNA, its ethically-challenged
"in-house prosecutor" Robert D. Luskin
and others under
the federal racketeering
laws. That suit was unaffected by LeConche's settlement.
said the only concession he made was to not sue LeConche's
was just a matter of time before Charlie would fold
up like a cheap suitcase.
have the guts to face me in any legal forum."
Laborers for JUSTICEŠ 1999 All Rights reserved
Jim McGough, Director
55 S. Northwest Highway
Palatine, Il 60067
630-604-4496 (eFax number)