Letters To The Editor
February 13, 2000
RE: Letter [02/11/00] from
Michael Bearse, General Counsel for Laborers' International Union
of North America
To Whom It May Concern:
In coming to Arthur A. Coia's defense, LIUNA General Counsel Michael Bearse is attempting to hide the criminal enterprise operating within LIUNA, just as he did when he appeared, before a U.S. House subcommittee, with me & in counterpoint to my sworn testimony regarding union corruption.
[Impediments To Union Democracy,
U.S. House Subcommittee On Education & The Workforce, May
Bearse's letter, like his sworn
testimony, is specious down to the last "and & the".
Bearse also has the distinction
of being a defendant in a Civil RICO suit 397 CV 02502 JCH] in
Bridgeport Connecticut in which LIIUNA "General President
Emeritus" Arthur A. Coia is also mentioned as a "wrongdoer".
This December, 1997 Connecticut
suit, anchored in the Racketeer Influence & Corrupt Organizations
Act, [RICO], has gone through 141 dockets & 14 affidavits
where the defendants have filed multiple protective orders &
multiple motions to quash.
Coia, using the "successful
internal reform program", & with the blessing of the
U.S. Justice Department [DOJ], has selectively purged his enemies
&, at the same time, through his group, has extorted union
democracy in the District & Commonwealth of Connecticut.
Specifically, Coia associates-in-fact
have been charged with direct predicate acts of RICO including
mail fraud, wire fraud, extortion, a 29 USC 530 assault, &
witness- tampering in the form of multiple schemes & overt
acts, all facilitated by LIUNA in-house-prosecutor Robert Luskin
& through the purview of the LIUNA/DOJ "Operational Agreement".
I am a victim of the same actions
as enumerated in the DOJ 1994 RICO complaint against Coia, which
said he used "force, violence & fear of physical &
economic injury to create a climate of intimidation & fear".
In Reply To Bearse:
Coia has "42 years of
service" to the union, making him 14 years of age when he
started as a construction laborer.
Coia exited, unscathed, by
pleading out to a deal, courtesy of his handpicked in-house-prosecutor
Robert Luskin [also a RICO defendant] & U.S. prosecutors.
Coia paid back $100,000 stolen
from the taxpayers plus a $10,000 "fine".
Coia's 1998 salary of $335,674
was augmented by an "allowance" of $86,120.
Coia is being paid $335,000+
in retirement , courtesy of his handpicked Executive Board.
Bearse's hollow charge of "anti-union
propaganda", gives hypocrisy a bad name.
RICO Plaintiff & Vice-President, [Forcibly Retired]
Laborers' Local 230, Hartford,