|Whats New in the Chicago Laborers District
Monitor's second report to
court. Disciplinary charges
anticipated within 60 days. Scott Pavlis revealed as "phantom"
executive board member. Candidates not "disqualified"
as opposed to "approved
by monitor" per Bloch
|Mar. 10, 2000
FBI report contents revealed, The LaBella Memo to DOJ.
IRS seeks $3 million from LIUNA for engaging in
for profit activities.
|Mar. 07, 2000
District Council election files, commentary by Jim McGough, together
with replies (inaccurate) by trustee Robert Bloch. More to follow. A lot
|Jan. 20, 2000
to return as election officer with Robert Bloch as Deputy Election
Officer. Is it a conflict of interest for Bloch's law partner to serve as
counsel to the Pension/welfare fund while Bloch serves as Deputy Election
Officer? 80% of the delegate elections in 1996 were uncontested with Bloch
serving as Regional Election Officer in 1996. Crimedawg expects better
performance in 2001 by Bloch in inculcating union democracy. It would be
nice if as Trustee of the Chicago District Council he would educate the
members why a RICO complaint was filed against the Chicago District
Council. It would be nice if Bloch would give me the electronic copies of
the transcripts that have been made public so I can web publish them free
of charge. Is Bloch holding back because web publication of testimony from
Council delegates will show that none of them were smart enough to
recognize that organized crime controlled the District council? Some of
these delegates are now running for office.
|Made available to
Laborers for JUSTICE members latest BNA report on status of negotiations
between LIUNA and DOJ. Will report developments as they occur to members
of Laborers for JUSTICE and recipients
of our newsletter..
There are changes in store for certain Chicago locals.
The District Council has a contested election coming up with only one
contest-Business Manager- a contest between Connolly of local 4 and
of 1092. So much for the inculcation of democracy and contested elections
in a trusteed institution. Bruno Caruso's disciplinary hearing under way
after initial postponement because Leo's father (Bruno's uncle) died.
Initially decided to stop publishing information because whatever I
publish is stolen by the webmaster of laborers.org and passed off as his
own work- an unethical practice we will have to stop with a court
injunction if necessary. I provided the webmaster of laborers.org with
hard to obtain documents in return for the name laborers.com which he
obtained for me. He refuses to provide the name-reneges on his agreements
and hence is considered a reprobate and a scoundrel by Laborers for
|Dec. 16, 1999
Monitor's report on Chicago Laborers District Council
|Dec. 15, 1999
||Distributing html version of Peter
Fosco decision to those
requesting Local 2 has an unofficial meeting in October because
trustee Schippers does not hold meetings to install union democracy.
Reformers force Shippers to call union meeting in November at which Dwight
Bostwick of the GEB Attorney's office makes apologies for inept
performance of trustee Schippers and his incompetent assistant, "know
nothing about unions" Al Tracy. Official meeting attended by Mr.
Fosse of IG's office, Mr. Hogan ( legal counsel to Chicago District
Council, Local 2, Trustee Schippers, and also counsel to private
defendants Schippers, Tracy and Tracy's wife, Nancy Ruggero (Schipper's
"lady friend" and personal assistant for many, many years.) All
were on the clock with the billable meter ticking as the coffers of local
2 are further depleted. Hogan spoke for 5 minutes and will probably bill
for a couple of hours. His attendance was completely unnecessary and his
serving as counsel to local 2 is a conflict of interest. So much for
BNA article on Arthur Coia resigning and his rumored plea agreement to
plead guilty to one felony count and leave LIUNA. Call upon all laborers to
protest the appointment of Coia crony and confidante Armando Sabitoni,
LIUNA Vice President from New England who is the son of mobster
"Mondo Sabitoni". Laborers for JUSTICE state it is not
"prudent" to appoint as LIUNA general president the relatives
and descendents of known organized crime figures.
|Sep 29, 1999
of Court Monitor Steven Miller and letter protesting
"ad hoc" discriminatory practice of Bloch and Schippers in
denying unilateral transfers. Let's see how much reform Mr. Miller is
interested in bringing to the Chicago District jurisdiction. Let's see how
professional his office is and see if he acknowledges receiving my fax of
last week. I keep telling these laborers that these lawyers can be trusted
and these laborers keep right on laughing.
I tell my fellow laborers these lawyer trustees can be trusted and all
I hear in reply is "Guard your wallet"
|Sept 1 1999
Consent Decree naming Seymour Simon Adjudications Officer and Steve
Miller as Court Monitor. Full details to follow.
|Aug, 25, 1999
Disciplinary charges against Bruno Caruso, Frank Caruso, Leo Caruso,
James DiForti that were attached as exhibit K in RICO complaint
Aug 25, 1999
|Monitor to be announced for
Chicago tomorrow. Steve Miller will be Investigations Officer predicts
Crimedawg. Bloch approved as trustee last week. Multiple investigations
ongoing by Laborers for JUSTICE via electronic monitoring -wireless video-
satellite photography-GPS signaling of movements in both Connecticut and
Illinois. Reservations about
|Aug 15, 199
||RICO Complaint and Consent Decree
and related files together with commentary made available in html for
personal browsing. .
|Aug 12, 1999
||Chicago RICO Complaint unsealed
today at DOJ press conference attended by District Council Delegates
Lazzaretto, Burns, Naimoli, Flannigan and Block with counsel Hogan.
GEB Attorney in attendance along with Jim McGough and members of the
press. Lazzaretto complained about inaccuracies reported but was not able
to indicate what they were.
Jim McGough made public offer to provide all public documents on the
internet to members if Bloch and GEB attorney provided him with electronic
copies. Luskin agreed to do so.
McGough is still waiting for Bloch to provide electronic copies of
Chicago District Council hearings so Jim can publish at no cost
information members need to exercise right of self governance. Will give
prominent display on internet when McGough receives electronic
all documents can be obtained via email by requesting
|Aug 11, 1999
||Chicago district council holds
emergency meeting of delegates pending RICO filing on August 12. Charles
LoVerde, local 1092 files lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Bloch,
LIUNA, Coia. Court case to be reported here when attorney or someone sends
me electronic version of file or faxes documents to 630-604-4496. Full
details to follow. Call 847-202-3838 to report news about district council,
corrupt contractors, wage violations, collective bargaining violations.
|Aug 10, 1999
||Coia cleared by Eggleston, LIUNA
Appellate Officer. Obtain
decision in PDF or html format
|Aug. 08, 1999
||Informative article published today in New York Times on how Mob
targets Building trades unions in New York. Change New York to Chicago and the article
discusses the same corrupt practices that laborers for JUSTICE have been complaining about
for years. The selling of unnumbered temporary union cards is omitted as well as the lax
accounting procedures employed by the district council and locals in accounting for cards.
John Burke uncovered this practice and that is why he was never welcomed by district
council delegates. By doing his job, he clearly demonstrated they weren't doing theirs.
Documented story to follow.
"The Beak" Siegel's sentencing case decision. Bobby is on record as saying
that Angelo Fosco was a "street boss in Chicago"
Angelo, of course, was the father in law of Terrance Healy, local 2 member
supported by John Matassa in his uncontested election for LIUNA vice President from great
Lakes Region. There was no contested election for delegates to the convention in 1996.
Terrance is the regional manager of Chicago, succeeding a long line of regional managers
who were associates/members of the organized crime. Did the "Chicago Outfit"
play no role in getting Terry his job? Terry is now Arthur Coia's special assistant just
like Serpico was Angelo's assistant. If organized crime, The Chicago Outfit",
controlled the Chicago Laborers District Council as was proven in the trusteeship
hearings, it would be extremely careless not to control or have influence over the LIUNA
regional Chicago officers., wouldn't you say?
|Aug 06, 1999
Facts: The Chicago Laborers District Council under trustee Robert Bloch
has had one communication with the laborers to date and has yet to inform the members the
reasons why the district council was put into trusteeship. The deputy trustees, Romano, Sladowski, and
Guilfoyle were never vetted by the Inspector general agents in Chicago. Guilfoyle
used to work for Combined Counties Police Association where CrimeDawg is webmaster.Not one
officer has anything good to say about Guilfoyle, formerly of SEIU, a LIUNA competitor.
Law enforcement authorities in Chicago tell CrimeDawg Guilfoyle would steal pennies from
the eyes of a dead man. The 18 months of trusteeship are up today and unless convincing
reasons are given to continue the trusteeship, it is presumed to be invalid under LMRDA. The RICO
suit will demonstrate why it should be kept in trusteeship indefinitely. The Laborers
Union in Chicago does not need carpetbaggers from the steelworkers or service employees
unions to reform itself. Just appoint as officers regular members like "sacrificial
lamb" Burke to do their job and have as their superiors someone who knows
how unions operate and knows the laborers union's constitution and not the U.S. tax
code. The three deputy trustees have one thing in common-they have all been strong
supporters of the democratic party and have worked for unions (SEIU especially) that have
tried to take laborers' jobs at lower wages so their democratic mayors like "little
big man" won't have to raise property taxes for higher wages.Lazzaretto
of the laborers union in local 152 train the SEIU employees who were stealing their jobs
at Commonwealth Edison's nuclear power plant in Zion Illinois.
Management Reporting System in final testing Chicago laborers district Council holds
secret meetings of delegates without inviting delegates from "targeted" locals
despite constitutional requirement of notice to all at regularly scheduled meetings.
Discriminatory to say the least because Sam Salerno (trustee of 225 and David Schippers of
local 2) were not invited and members of locals 1, 2, 5, 76, 1001, 1006 were
disenfranchised. Vince DiVarco will transfer into another local within the District
council jurisdiction because the receiving local will accept him. There will be a lawsuit
against local officials who refuse to accept transfers within locals from members who want
to attend union meetings close to home. California can not tell Illinois residents not to
move out there any more than local union officials can deny a valid transfer which
solely performs record keeping functions. Laborers for JUSTICE will demand that
constitutions be followed. and will start filing RICO suits if reforms are not achieved
via current methods
|Aug. 04, 1999
||John Serpico indicted today on multiple
counts of labor racketeering. email Laborers
for JUSTICE requests for copies of indictments
|August 3, 1999
Retraction: previous installments of news about the
laborers unfairly criticized Sam Salerno, now trustee of local 225, a former member
of 152 who transferred in from local 4. Sorry Sam. We did not make a mistake in asserting
that Ronny Fino ( a credible- reliable informant) discussed many times with
"Crimedawg" how Mike Lazzaretto would be Coia's point man in wresting control of
Chicago's pension funds from the Chicago "Outfit" in favor of other crime
families. "Organized crime goes where the money is". Just because the GEB
Attorney failed to prove Arthur A. Coia's ties to organized crime to Vaira's satisfaction
does not make Coia innocent. Vaira's has made many mistakes in his rulings. His Coia
decision is just Vaira's biggest blunder.Crimedawg will prove the allegations are true in
the "court of public opinion" in his forthcoming analyzes of evidence not
presented in Coia's disciplinary hearing. Stay tuned. The shit is about to hit the fan as
Added first day of Coia disciplinary hearings, April 14, 1998 to http://members.xoom.com/jimmcgough. Will
publish on the internet every document made public via court filings that relates
to the Laborers Union
Pilotto met mobsters Angelo Fosco and Arthur E. Coia, father of "no balls
to be a gangster," "little Arthur" in hell on July 20,1999. See 1981 indictment
The Rising of the rank
and file against corrupt union officials will soon begin in earnest.
|July 27, 1999
||Mike Lazzaretto, presently
president/business manager of local
152 which controls Lake County, Illinois announces at union meeting he will not run
for office at the district council should the council come out of trusteeship next month.
Lazzaretto, Robert Bloch's fair haired boy, has his college roommate, John Burns, serving
as assistant trustee to the district council and is smarting from his inability to have
his lapdogs inserted into local 2 to controls electoral politics and secure enough votes
for office in the district council.
County covers the Northern suburbs of Chicago all the way to the Wisconsin state
line-the richest area of the state. According to DOJ and LIUNA statements, organized crime
controls the south suburbs of Chicago (local 5-Chicago heights), the western suburbs of
Chicago (local 225), the city proper (locals 1, 2, 76, 1001. 1006) but does not control
Lake county. Give me a break!!! Ronny Fino had advised me many times prior to the filing
of the complaint against the district council that John "Michael" Lazzaretto
would be Coia's point man to take over control of the assets of the Chicago District
Council's pension fund. Bloch's re-appointment of Lazzaretto as pension fund trustee
facilitated this process. Lazzaretto served many years as trustee to the pension fund with
Vincent Solano yet never raised any objection to having organized crime's north side crime
boss in that fiduciary capacity. Bloch also conveniently appointed his law partner as new
counsel to the pension fund - a clear violation of the canons of ethics that prohibit self
dealings and arms length arrangements.
Laborers for JUSTICE offered in early 1998 to publish on the internet free of charge
the transcripts of the Chicago Laborers District Council trusteeship hearings that were
made public via court filings. Bloch initially indicated his willingness to do this as a
means of educating union members but later reneged on his commitment because he did not
want to alienate council delegates. In his one mediocre mailing to union members, Bloch
devoted one half of a paragraph in his newsletter to announce the district council was
under trusteeship but did not reveal the reasons for the trusteeship. This is reform?
Spare the bullshit. The deputy trustees, Sladowski, Romano, and Guilfoyle were never
vetted by the IG's office. Guilfoyle, according to law enforcement authorities, would
steal pennies from the eyes of a dead man given the chance.
Whoever runs for district council president should make a campaign promise to remove
Bloch's partner as counsel to the pension fund, to remove non LIUNA member Harvey
Nathan as trustee, and to promise never to send any legal business to Bloch's law firm so
as to avoid the appearance of impropriety.