RONALD B. NOBILI-Business Manager
Monday thru Friday
8:00 A. M. 12 00 P.M
Armand E. Sabitoni, Vice President &
Laborers' International Union of North America
226 South Main Street
Providence, Rhode island 02903
January 21, 1999
Dear Sir and Brother:
Please be advised that I am responding regarding
a letter sent from CLDC Business Manager, Charles LeConche to
you and copied to all Connecticut affiliates as well as General
Counsel Michael Bearse. Please accept my apologies as regards
timeliness pertaining to this reply but both my secretary and
I have had repeated occurrences with the flu which were compounded
by some rather adverse weather conditions in the area.
In Mr. LeConche's letter to you, Mr. LeConche
is strong on hyperbole and self-serving rhetoric while short on
facts. The incident that brought on an emphatic response had absolutely
nothing to do with my proposal relative to a carryover provision.
That issue had been discussed and dispatched without incident.
The issue that caused the incident was the fact that Mr. LeConche
in his typical tyrannical despotic manner attempted to dismiss
a proposal to place restraints on unlimited mobility by declaring
any proposals regarding such matters to be illegal. Even worse,
District Council Attorney Robert Cheverie shook his head in the
affirmative which at that point served to quell participation
and concern by other delegates to the Council who appeared to
be of a similar persuasion i.e. that there needs to be some restraints
placed on unlimited mobility especially in the wake of the current
settlement provisions regarding the CLDC lawsuit.
When I amicably said that such a proposal
was not illegal and, if there was a consensus, the proposal had
every right to be on the table, Mr. LeConche in his usual tyrannical
way proclaimed that "unlimited mobility was here. to stay".
He then proceeded to personally attack me verbally, while dismissing
any further talk regarding the issue? It was at that time that
I physically pounded on the table proclaiming that such an issue
was not illegal, that I had had discussions with other CLDC representatives
in that room on prior occasions and that I thought the issue worthy
of exploration and should not be dismissed.
As far as vulgarity, I let Mr. LeConche know,
1) that I lacked respect for someone in his position who is quick
to dismiss for parochial reasons and negate to air such a proposal,
2) that I didn't care who he was, considering that our membership
should expect someone in his position to have a better
understanding and knowledge of what is forbidden by law, and 3)
that he should realize the difference; that it is because of the
current interpretation of the Collective Bargaining Agreements
that the new proposal, while being unenforceable, certainly isn't
illegal. Obviously Mr. LeConche resents diplomatic correction
and is accustomed to operating in a tyrannical, sarcastic, dismissive
and intimidating way facilitated by CLDC Attorney Robert Cheverie,
whom Mr. LeConche apparently can't make a move or hold a meeting
without, at considerable additional expense to the membership.
Further exploring the vulgarity issue as well as an example of true intimidation may I suggest that you "plug in" to the tape recording of Mr. LeConche attacking former vice? president of Local 230, Stephen Manos at a meeting held at Cappricio's Restaurant. An audio format of the tape can be found on the World Wide Net at http://www.laborers.org/AssaultAudio.raWhether or not Mr. LeConche is demented, either by medication or by his personality, I have no intention of being intimidated by him in the appropriate discharge of my duties. Mr. LeConche should also understand that I intend on representing the concerns of members of Local 665 whom I believe have a great many shared concerns with all the members of the several Locals affiliated with the CLDC.
On October 6, 1997 1 was punched in the face by Business Manager Shaun Cashman in the presence of Mr. LeConche, No similar letter was sent from Mr. LeConche condemning Mr. Cashman's actions.
In conclusion, I would like to say that since the incident at the Fund Office and my discussion with you via telephone concerning that matter, Mr. LeConche's attitude and the order of conduct at the last two proposal meetings have improved dramatically
cc: Michael Bearse, General Counsel
Robert Cheverie, Esq.
All affiliated construction locals