United States House of Representatives
Committee on Education & the Workforce
346 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Att: Lauren Fuller
Wed, 27 May 1998 23:18:26
My name is Laura Portiss and my father Joseph Portiss has been
a LIUNA member for 24 years.
I am writing to advise you of the suffering LIUNA Officals have
caused and are causing my family.
My father was brutually assaulted by 30 men at a LIUNA membership
meeting after he raised many questions and concerns about the operations
My father is 47 years old an is not expected to live much longer
because of the head injuries he sustained from this assault.
Yesterday, May 26,1998 my brother (not a LIUNA member) was driving
my father's car when Mr. Frank Guerette Recording Secretary at LIUNA
Local 1089 attempted to run him off the road. When Mr. Guerette realized
it was my brother not my father he panicked and drove away.
Everytime my father leaves for a Union meeting my family fears
he isn't going to be able to come back.
I fear for my family and other members families as these are only
a small sample of what is occuring in Sarnia, Ontario LIUNA Local 1089.
LIUNA is International and Canadian members are governed by the
LIUNA Ethics and Disciplinary Procedures Code; this is an international
problem therefore, I request that you ignore the border as LIUNA is without
I would sincerely appreciate an opportunity to testify before
the sub-committee and believe that I have pertaint information to
44 King St. W. #4
Dundas, Ontario, L9H 1T7
(905) 627-5100 this is also a fax call 1st
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