January 28, 2000
W. Douglas Gow LIUNA Inspector
P.O. Box 27416
Washington D.C. 20038-7416
Dear Mr. Gow,
I am writing to ask you to begin
an investigation of all the members of the LIUNA General Executive
Board who voted on December 5,1999 to make Arthur Coia President
Emeritus and pay him a salary of $250,000 a year. Our union Constitution
has no provision for President Emeritus. Several sections of the
Laborers International Union of North America Constitution may
have been violated. I will leave the legal work to you.
It is my duty as a dues paying
member of LIUNA to inform you Arthur Coia has been charged in
the United States District Court of Massachusetts with "Violation
18 U.S.C. S 1341- Scheme to Defraud the State of Rhode Island
and the town of Barrington of Taxes Owed on Automobiles.
You don't give a man who was
involved in scheme to defraud the United States Government status
of President Emeritus and a salary of $250,000 a year.
This crime was committed with
a union vender. It is true under ERISA Coia is entitled to his
pension but not one dime more from the working Laborers of LIUNA.
We will take whatever steps necessary to stop this illegal and
immoral scheme to funnel more money to Arthur Coia.
Please respond in writing.
Alex Corns, Business Manager
Hodcarriers Local 36
Daly City, California