My name is Stephen Manos.
I am 53 years of age & reside in Glastonbury,
Ct. a suburb of Hartford, the capital city.
I am a 33 year member of Hartford Laborers
' Local 230, which is part of The Laborers ' International Union
of North America.
I have worked in the field as a laborer since
1965, performing various functions relating to construction including
shop steward, foreman, & safety representative.
I am the popularly elected Vice-President
of Local 230 &, as part of my constituency service, publish
& distribute an independent newsletter for union members.
I am also an announced candidate for the
position of Business Manager of Laborers Local 230.
In addition, I am the plaintiffs witness
in federal court in Bridgeport Ct. in which racketeering allegations
are being heard in regard to certain activities of my union's
Business Manager Charles LeConche & union lawyer Robert
Along with another dissident candidate for
office, I am being brought up on false manipulated internal charges
within my local union.
Also, I am being sued in federal court by
Local 230 Business Manager Charles LeConche because I turned
over evidence of a crime, in the form of an audio-tape, to the
FBI & other agencies.
The Laborers Union represents workers in
more than 50 different industries.
Laborers are the lowest paid of all construction
Laborers work in both the public & private
sector on: highways, roads, bridges, commercial buildings &
various local, state, & federal government projects.
We pour concrete, dig ditches, lay asphalt,
carry materials, remove debris & operate power & hand
We are signal persons, demolition workers,
sand-blasters, pipe-layers, tradesmen's helpers, safety officers,
foremen, & shop stewards.
We also work in the abatement of asbestos,
lead, & hazardous waste & we also work with radioactive
materials & other dangerous substances.
Our members also include but are not limited
to: mail handlers, food processors, maintenance & custodial
workers, airplane mechanics, park rangers, & nurses.
In addition, we are actively organizing professionals
such as teachers & others.
Founded in 1903 & head-quartered in Washington
DC, The Laborers' International Union of North America [known
as LUNA] is a trade-union claiming 750,000 members.
LIUNA has 650 local unions, with 10 regional
offices in the U.S. & Canada.
There are more than 60 district councils
that conduct bargaining on behalf of their affiliated local unions.
Local unions are subject to direct control
& compulsory membership by district councils.
Each region of the country is controlled
by a Regional Manager.
Many Regional Managers are Vice-Presidents
of LIUNA & serve on the General Executive Board of LIUNA.
Multiple salaries for LIUNA officials are
The top office in LIUNA is the post of General
My own experience shows the Laborers'
Union to be one of the least democratically run institutions in
LIUNA is now working with the U.S. Justice
Department under a mutually arranged "Operating Agreement"
which is a substitute for & possible precursor to a "Consent
Decree " .
A similar "Consent Decree"
governs the Teamsters' Union today.
The present "Operating Agreement"
allows LIUNA to police itself & was recently extended to January
Some observers feel that this fulfills the
"fox in the hen-house" scenario.
Enforcement of officials hand-picked by the
General President of the Union have the assignment of policing
the International Union.
Coincidentally, the person who challenged
the General President in a national election in 1996 is now the
subject of an investigation by the LIUNA Inspector General's office.
Hartford Laborers' Local 230 [with approximately
1,000 members] is the largest Local in Connecticut.
The governing body of the 10 Local Unions
is the Connecticut Laborers' District Council.
The Business Manager of Local 230 is also
the Business Manager /Secretary-Treasurer of the Connecticut Laborers
' District Council.
This individual [who collects multiple salaries
for these paid positions] in fact, has total control of all Union
business in Connecticut.
In effect, this means One Man Rule.
In 1995, I ran for the position of Vice-President
of Local 230.
My opponent was a deeply entrenched incumbent
connected to the existing regime of Local 230.
Prior to the election, I was discouraged
from running for office by Charles LeConche, the then President
& now the Business Manager of Local 230.
Despite this fact, I was elected on June
17, 1995 with 63.5 % of the votes cast.
Six days after the election, I was summoned
by Business Manager Charles LeConche into his office at
Local 230 in Hartford, Ct.
Business Manager LeConche abruptly
informed me that
"I reward my friends & punish
my enemies "
"I have the votes on the Executive
Board & you are not going to stand in my way."
I replied that I was there to do good &
that his fears were unfounded..
From that point on & on many occasions,
I was harassed, intimidated, threatened & deprived of my democratic
rights by the Business Manager & his associates in fact.
In February of 1997, I attempted to use the
written appeal process regarding an arbitrary & monetarily
punitive decision made by the Business Manager that directly affected
As a result, at the Local 230 Executive Board
meeting held on February 25, 1997, the Business Manager spoke
to me in an abusive & intimidating manner.
The Business Manager told me, among other
things, that because of my letters that I would no longer be "helped"
This remark was an obvious threat of future
A portion of the total conversation was recorded
by a voice-actuated personal tape-recorder worn by me for my physical
safety & protection.
Since that time I have indeed suffered economic
deprivation & have, in fact, been ostracized by the Business
Manager, his associates & other members of Local 230.
In March of 1997, I met with an Assistant
U.S. Attorney & an FBI agent.
These individuals work out of Chicago Illinois
& are involved in oversight
I played the audio-tape of the February 25,
1997 Local 230 Executive Board meeting.
This audio-tape was provided to these individuals,
at their request.
The FBI agent later informed me that this
audio-tape showed clear evidence of violations of the Hobbs
And the Assistant U.S. Attorney who was present
assured me that:
"If your hair is mussed, we will
However, after my assault & as time went
on, all contact from Chicago was broken by them.
On July 30, 1997, I was physically assaulted
during a Local 230 Executive Board meeting.
This meeting was held at Capriccio Restaurant
in Hartford, Ct.
Present at this meeting in addition to the
other 9 of officers of Local 230, were Union lawyer Thomas
Brockett, & most importantly, Vere Haynes who is
the third Vice-President of LIUNA & who is also a signatory
to the "Operating Agreement".
I asked questions about union expenditures
paid for by members' dues.
I was threatened by Business Manager LeConche
who then physically assaulted me but was restrained by other Local
Moments afterward, I was physically attacked,
slammed to the concrete floor & then thrown bodily out of
the fire-exit door of the restaurant by Local 230's Sergeant-at-Arms
I was then pursued in the street by the Business
Manager LeConche & his brother, William LeConche.
I managed to escape & call the Hartford
I have also contacted other law enforcement
I made a direct complaint to the LIUNA Inspector
General W. Douglas Gow.
Inspector General Gow, along with
General Executive Board Attorney Robert Luskin, is charged
with enforcing the LIUNA "Operating Agreement".
After an investigation by IG investigators,
GEB Attorney Luskin issued a mild reprimand to Business Manager
LeConche, despite incontrovertible evidence consisting
1. Audio-tape of the assault
2. Color photos of my injuries
3. Multiple medical reports verifying
GEB Attorney Luskin's actions, in
effect, have facilitated the racketeering activities directed
Despite the same evidence, the Hartford Police
Department & Hartford prosecutor's office conducted a non-investigation
in regard to my assault.
I have also been abandoned & further
jeopardized by federal law enforcement agencies, with all contact
broken off by them.
Others have suffered as a result of this
policy of intimidation.
My former employer [who does not wish to
be named] has been harassed, threatened, & intimidated by
Business Manager LeConche & his associates in fact.
Out of fear of retaliation from Local 230
leadership, my former employer has, on certain occasions, refused
to hire me back to work on a job that is still ongoing to this
He has also suffered economic loss as a result
of this continuing course of conduct on the part of Local 230
is the Business Manager of Bridgeport Laborers Local 665.
Mr. Nobili has instituted a federal lawsuit,
against the Ct. Laborers District Council, which charges, among
other things, the misuse of Union funds.
He too has been effectively ostracized by
his fellow Business Managers at the direct instigation of Business
Manager LeConche & Union lawyer Robert Cheverie.
Mr. Nobili also asked questions about expenditures
of dues-paid Union money.
As a result, on October 6, 1997, Mr. Nobili
was punched in the face by fellow Business Manager Shaun Cashman
who is a close associate of Business Manager LeConche.
This unprovoked assault took place in front
of the other 8 Ct. Business Managers & also New England Regional
Manager Armand Sabitoni, Assistant New England Regional
Manager Vincent Messina, & John LeConche Jr.,
the head of the Ct. Laborers' Training Facility.
Regional Manager Sabitoni who is also
a LIUNA Vice-President, reports directly to LIUNA General President
This incident was reported to the Connecticut
State Police & to GEB Attorney Robert Luskin.
Another mild reprimand was issued by GEB
Attorney Robert Luskin.
This reprimand, by GEB Attorney Luskin, in
fact, further establishes a pattern of facilitating racketeering,
directed, this time, at Mr. Nobili personally.
a long time member of Local 230, is a labor foreman who works
for my former employer.
was the victim of a murderous threat made by a Local 230 Shop
Steward appointed by Business Manager Charles LeConche.
is an announced candidate for office in Local 230.
has been threatened, harassed & intimidated by Local 230 leadership.
has also been brought up on false manipulated internal Union charges
at the direct instigation of the Business Manager & his associates
Gary Wall & Bill Cooksey
were dissident political candidates who ran for office within
Local 230 & were subsequently black-balled & driven out
of the union.
Presently in the process of fighting to be
re-admitted as union members they are the plaintiffs in a federal
court case in which they charge the Business Manager of Local
230 & his union lawyer with racketeering.
acting as pro-se litigant has also filed a further complaint against
the Business Manager for witness-tampering.
is the Business Manager for the 180 member Hod-Carriers' Local
36 in Daly City California.
Business Manager Corns
publishes an independent newsletter & was a dissident voice
at the LIUNA convention held in September, 1996 in Las Vegas Nevada.
is the Business Manager in Rochester New York & was a candidate
for office at the LIUNA convention in Las Vegas.
James McGough is a dissident LIUNA member
in Chicago, Illinois & has proven to quite proficient on communicating
via the internet.
Chris White is a LIUNA member in Fairbanks, Alaska & is the
Web-Master of an independent web site:http://www.laborers.org
Due to the inimical situation in Local 230
my former employer & his foreman were afraid to hire me back.
As a result, I only was able to accrue 1\2
a pension point for 1997.
Along with others, my name has been constantly
vilified by the bosses of Local 230.
Local 230's hiring hall system is being abused
by the Local 230 bosses, causing myself & others to suffer
the consequences of these wrongful actions in the form of lost
In addition to being sued in federal court,
I, like my running mate, have been brought up on false manipulated
internal Union charges at the direct instigation of the Business
Manager & his associates in fact.
I have also been formally accused in a false
charge by the Local 230 Business Manager of "Barred Conduct"
under the LIUNA "Code of Ethics".
I have exhausted all internal remedies available
within the structure of LIUNA.
I made direct phone appeals for help to International
Union Representatives Ed Dirissio & Vincent Messina
& New England Regional Manager Armand Sabitoni in Providence,
In addition, I have also written & called
the office of International Union General President Arthur
Coia in Washington DC.
This Congressional panel is the last resort
for myself & many others.
Internal remedies do not work.
The "Chain of Command "
does not work.
The enforcement agencies located within do
The "Operating agreement"
is a SHAM!
The only viable solution is to have Judicial
or Congressional Review & to implement the "Consent
Decree" in Local 230 & the Connecticut Laborers'
District Council or put Connecticut under federal trusteeship.
Rep. Jim Talent
Rep. Joe Knollenberg, Vice Chairman
Rep. Tom Petri
Rep. Marge Roukema
Rep. Cass Ballenger
Rep. Bill Goodling
Rep. Donald Payne
Rep. Chaka Fattah
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy
Rep. John Tierney
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