INTRODUCTION TO CLYDE WILSON
After the controversial special union election of 1990, Clyde Wilson became the President of Local 302. He held that position for approximately seven years. After business manager Larry Johnson suddenly and mysteriously resigned in 1997, Wilson was appointed by five Executive Board members to become the new business manager.
The most plausible explanantion for Wilson's promotion was because of his pivitol involvement during the Albert expulsion trial in 1996. As the President, Wilson had authority under the bylaws and constitution to determine what punishment Albert would receive. Albert had sued the union for fraudulent election practices. Acting on orders, Wilson expelled Albert and Wilson soon became the next business manager.
Wilson was also instrumental in canceling the honorable withdrawal card of Albert's campaign manager.
Candidate Edgar Hanson ran against Clyde Wilson in 1999. As demonstrated by evidence obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor, and by Hanson's election observers, it is clear that Wilson was elected to office through a fraudulent election scheme and a conspiracy. Wilson's election was a violation of the union's bylaws and the constitution, as well as a violation of federal labor law under the LMRDA. For political reasons, the Department of Labor declined to prosecute Wilson and others involved in the conspiracy.
The following excerpts of Clyde Wilson's sworn deposition show how Wilson relied on his union attorneys (paid for by the members of Local 302) to cause distractions and diversions in Wilson's testimony.
Wilson suddenly resigned from office in December 2000, not even half-way through his new term.