December 17-18, 1997
Thank you for calling Local 225's
"Union Issues" Hotline.
Here's your update for Thursday, December
18 -- It covers testimony from Tuesday's and Wednesday's trusteeship
On Tuesday, some of the testimony
focused on the issue of the Local's financial practices. But,
the hearing also delved into the charge of undemocratic practices,
with testimony from former Executive Board member Mary Williams.
She testified that John Galioto was
highly upset when he heard her allegation that someone had tried
to bribe her to resign from the Executive Board.
Did he try to retaliate against her,
as the Trusteeship Complaint has charged? Following the incident,
according to the testimony of Local 225 secretary Linda Kosiarek,
Brother Galioto insisted that Williams be referred to a job --
even though the contractor had passed her by.
And Sister Williams testified that
her earnings hadn't fallen, either. Her 19-96 earnings were the
same as 19-95. This year, her income actually rose.
On the topic of undemocratic practices,
Secretary/Treasurer Dan Dumo also testified that policy disagreements
within the Executive Board are fully aired and decided in a democratic
fashion by Local 225 members.
Brother Dumo also gave his personal
opinion on the spending practices and organizing efforts of the
officers. He testified that he felt the officers had not misused
union funds. But, he feels the number of meals they expensed
was too high.
He testified that, on the few occasions
an officer used the union credit card for personal items, the
funds were reimbursed within a reasonable time.
He appeared to disagree with the Inspector
General accountant's position on the financial
condition of the Local. The accountant testified Monday that
the union lost money in the past year. By contrast, Brother Dumo
testified that the financial condition of the Local is stable
-- and that income had increased in the first nine months of 1997.
Wednesday, Inspector General investigators
Dineen and O'Rourke took the stand. Both testified that Local
225 took action against A-K-W Environmental because owner Michael
Palmieri wouldn't pay-off John Galioto.
The investigators provided no proof
of any attempted bribery. And both of them admitted they never
looked in the Local's files on A-K-W. Thursday, those files will
be put into evidence, to show the Local had legitimate reasons
for its actions against A-K-W.
The investigators also claimed that
Galioto runs a "major" bookmaking operation out of his
home on Monday nights. They testified that the operation is well-known
by authorities. But they conceded that no law enforcement agency
has ever photographed anyone going in or out -- or raided the
so-called bookmaking operation. Again -- they provided no proof
and put no witnesses on the stand who could say, first-hand that
such an operation ever existed.
After their testimony, the G-E-B Attorney
rested his case.
The Local opened its defense with
the testimony of the outside auditor.
After auditing financial records through
October 31, 1997, he testified that Local 225 is in solid financial
shape. His records show that the Local's net worth for the ten
months of 1997 is greater than all of 1996.
Testimony further indicated that the
membership in the Local has increased -- now totaling more than
22-hundred. The Local also introduced charts showing substantial
improvements in the contracts negotiated by business manager Galioto.
In addition to presenting evidence
solidly refuting the unsubstantiated attempted bribery charge,
the defense today expects wrap up its case with more documents
proving the Local's position, and more testimony from Local 225
members and contractors.
We'll present what may be the final hearing highlights tomorrow. Until then, have a great day!
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