Charles LeConche, is the Business Manager
for both the Connecticut Laborersí District Council &
Hartford Laborersí Local Union # 230 which is part of the
Laborers' International Union of North America [LIUNA]. He, as a functionary of LIUNA, exercises one-man-rule by controlling the fate & finances of over 5,000
construction laborers in Connecticut.
In March, 1998, LeConche sued former union
Vice-President Stephen Manos, claiming "personal, professional,
& pecuniary" harm. The suit stemmed from a July 30, 1997 incident
during a union Executive Board meeting at Hartfordís Capriccio
Restaurant in which LeConche threatened & then assaulted Manos.
LeConche's exact quote to Manos was: "Steve,
you are about this fucking close to me coming over there &
ripping your fucking throat out !!!". After being assaulted by Local 230 Sergeant-at-Arms
Frank Freeman, Manos was thrown into the street & further
pursued by LeConche & his brother, Billy LeConche. In addition to other Board members, present
as a witnesses to the assault were Attorney Thomas Brockett of
Cheverie & Associates & LIUNA Vice President Vere Haynes.
Unknown to the assailants & their accomplices,
Manos secretly taped the entire incident, later giving the tape
to the FBI.
Manos testified before a U.S. Congressional
subcommittee on May 4, 1998 on union corruption.
Manos issued 2 subpoenas in June, 1999 in
order to depose LeConche & Local 230's Recording Secretary,
Leonard "Butch" Granell Jr. [Granell has falsified records
of past union meetings].
Days later, after evading service of the
subpoenas, LeConche withdrew his complaint.
Manos: "I knew that once I served the
subpoenas, that it was just a matter of time before Charlie would
fold up like a cheap suitcase. LeConche doesn't have the guts
to face me in any legal forum.î
Manos has brought a lawsuit under the Racketeer
Influence & Corrupt Organizations Act. [RICO] in Bridgeport,
CT. against LeConche. Manos is also suing LIUNA, Local 230, LIUNA
General Executive Board Attorney Robert Luskin, LIUNA 3rd Vice-President
Vere Haynes, Local 230's Attorney Robert Cheverie, Secretary-Treasurer
John Pezzenti, former Business Manager Dominick Lopreato, &
Local 230's Office Secretary Harriet Roman.