The Chicago Laborers' District Council conducted an historic
election of officers late Wednesday evening, March 1st. In all,
11 offices were filled in a democratic election, and the District
Council had its first contested election in decades. The Laborers'
District Council is composed of 21 affiliated local unions and
has over 20,000 members in the greater Chicagoland area. Laborers
work primarily on construction sites.
Approximately two years ago,
the Laborers' International Union placed the District Council
in trusteeship under Federal labor statutes. The Federal District
and Appellate Court in Chicago upheld the trusteeship.
At the time, Robert E. Bloch
was appointed Trustee, and he has guided the District Council
through this period and negotiated a comprehensive collective
bargaining agreement. Mr. Bloch will continue to be an oversight
Supervisor of the District Council for approximately eighteen
The Delegates to the Council
overwhelmingly elected James Connolly to the position of Business
Manager. Frank Riley was elected President/Secretary-Treasurer.
Nine other offices were filled, including the Council's Executive
Connolly stated: "This
is a remarkable turn of events and recognition by the Laborers'
International Union and the U.S. Department of Justice that real
reform can work." Riley emphasized that: "Our job now
is to unite all members of the District Council and guide the
Council into the next century."
Mr. Bloch stated: "The
Laborers have a proud heritage, and reform efforts can falter
if members lose their right to self-determination. The democratic
election of reform-minded officers is a major step toward implementing
lasting reform in the union."
Connolly and Riley will head
the day-to-day operation of the District Council and will serve
a four-year term.
Contact: Edward M. Hogan of Hogan Marren & McCahill, Ltd., 312-946-1800, for the Chicago Laborers' District Council