February 28, 2000
W. Douglas Gow LIUNA Inspector General
P.O. Box 27416
Washington D.C. 20038-7416
Dear Mr. Gow,
I have been reading through The LIUNA Ethics
and Disciplinary Procedure Booklet.
On page 5. Barred Conduct. "Four
types are clearly prohibited: (2) committing any act of racketeering,
which includes crimes as bribery, extortion, accepting, kickbacks,
bookmaking and other felonies."
On page 12. Policy on Reporting Felony
Arrests and Indictments. "Any member of the GEB, any
officer of any subordinate body, and all members serving as trustees
of any employee benefit plan, fund, or trust must notify the Inspector
General in writing within five days whenever they learn that any
member,employee, officer, or labor trustee is arrested, indicted,
or otherwise charged with any felony or with any law relating
to the affairs of a labor organization of benefit plan.
On page 16. Financial Practices. "Union
funds are held in trust for the benefit of the membership. The
membership is entitled to assurance that Union funds are not dissipated
and are spent for proper purposes. The Membership is also entitled
to be reasonably informed as to how Union funds are invested or
On page 32. Suspension of Indicted officers:
"Upon receipt of notice that any officer, agent, representative,
or employee of any entity within the Union has been indicted for
any felony violation of any federal or state law,or for violating
any federal or state law, relating to the conduct of the affairs
of a labor organization or employee benefit or pension plan, the
GEB and/or General President shall place the accused individual
on a temporary leave of absence with pay. The GEB Attorney shall
promptly institute a disciplinary hearing before the Independent
Hearing Officer, who shall determine the appropriate discipline,
if any (including whether and for how long to continue the suspension)
pursuant to the procedures delineated herein. "Upon the adoption
of this Disciplinary Procedure written notices, informing the
Union membership of the signing and scope hereof will be sent
to every local union, and will be printed in the first issue of
the Laborer which is published after the date hereof.
I have a couple of questions for you.
Is a scheme to defraud the Government of
taxes with the help of a union vender considered barred conduct?
When were you notified by the General Executive
Board of LIUNA, that General President Arthur Coia was charged
with a felony and negotiating a plea bargain agreement with the
United States Government?
Was Arthur Coia ever put on a leave of absence
with pay during his tenure as General President?
Is it true the membership of LIUNA is entitled
to be reasonably informed on how union funds are used?
Was any Local Union or District Council told
about the plea bargain agreement and the salary to be paid to
Coia for the rest of his life prior to December 6,1999 ?
When will the details of the plea bargain
agreement and why Coia really resigned be printed in the Laborer
Is the General Executive Board of LIUNA going
to send a letter to each local telling the real reason General
President Coia stepped down?
Please respond in writing at your convenience.
Daly City, California