AP Exclusive: Union members appointed after $10,000 donation

There are 7567 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 3, 2008, titled AP Exclusive: Union members appointed after $10,000 donation. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Two members of an elevator installers union were appointed to a new state elevator-safety board about the time their local gave a $10,000 campaign contribution to Gov.

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Frank Fan

Chicago, IL

#7750 Nov 11, 2012
Lynch, Girl Scout Troop 371 said you couldn't cut it as brownie and that you're just plain silly. But Bubba from County sends his best and reminices about the cold nights and how you two would cuddle. As you know Frank is General President and you're nothing but a minimum wage earning scab. But for you that's an accomplishment compared to your buddy Bradley. Can you find work for him? It is sad that even scab outfit don't want him.
Blago Jesse Frank

United States

#7751 Nov 11, 2012
Just a matter of time.

Dan just likes coat tails. What has he done ? Nothing .
Franks fans a beat off

Brooklyn, NY

#7752 Nov 13, 2012
They gotta keep the colonel in there they have no leadership otherwise. Dan can't put a sentence together can't lead a cub scout troop. Ed only cares about special Ed, Tom well the job must be so easy a caveman can do it because he's been there how long now? So the logical choice is keep valone in there. You have to have someone who is talented at screwing guys over and making it look like the members fault. There's really no one better at it. Franks fan your still a beat off!!!
stick together

Beecher, IL

#7753 Nov 13, 2012
The way to beat Valone is by voting for Chilvers or Cook as a group. If you split that vote Valone wins
Baaaaaaaad Man

United States

#7754 Nov 13, 2012
doin't wast your time voteing.they can change the outcome with a cell phone!!!!.don't fall for the hurricane sandy bull sh!!!!t. just another fund for the pig-me to skim from
None of The Above

AOL

#7755 Nov 14, 2012
There are no Stand Up Men at iuec anymore, The companies run the union, valone and the rest of the status quo are sell outs.
stick together

Beecher, IL

#7756 Nov 16, 2012
it is very important that each member exercises their right to vote on Tuesday, a vote that does not get cast is a vote for more of the same.We need change in the hall,even if it comes a little at a time at least we can show our concerns with the current appointed administration.
stick together

Beecher, IL

#7758 Nov 16, 2012
officers and employment are your key words.the only way those two words go together is if your friends or family.Brother Cook is just as hard working and dedicated if not more than Valone, who appointed himself to Business Rep. position while still holding the position of President that also is funded by the membership.How does that help with our employment!! THE SELF SERVING MESSAGE IS CLEAR!!!!
Criminals

AOL

#7759 Nov 16, 2012
When they wear multiple hats they are stacking the deck like they always do.
stick together

Beecher, IL

#7760 Nov 17, 2012
Members of Local 2.....ATTENTION ATTENTION
Lets take a look at our candidates for the election Tuesday. We are given an opportunity to make a change. If we fail to take action you are guaranteed to have more of the same which cannot be in our best interest.The supporters of Valone speak of all these new and innovative ideas to combat the non-union element. My question is that if he has been an officer since 1999 with this great vision for the future then how did he all of the sudden become so enlightened,did he not share all of these great innovative ideas with anyone while he acted as President,or is this all another line of Bull.
The truth of the matter is...Valone is a follower and he will not provide a good leadership role in any capacity...He is self serving and a vote for him is not in the best interest of the local. We are still experiencing high unemployment and Valone runs that golf outing under a 5013c charity status so he can be a hero by donating that money.That money could have and should have gone back to the members to help defray costs of reduced cards..Instead were getting letters asking us to consider taking a withdrawal...c'mon man how can we let this continue, WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION!!!!!!
I ask every person that has been through the school system and had Bill Cook as a teacher to vote for him....He is a good man with strong working values...To cast a vote for Cook is a step in the right direction.WE OWN THIS UNION WITHOUT US THERE IS NO UNION....STICK TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.We know what Valone has to offer...Lets take stock in our future and be brave enough to change what we can to make our union better for us.
Missing The Point

AOL

#7761 Nov 18, 2012
Whoever is elected will be bribed/extorted into submission, via do what frank wants to do or you will be exterminated. The members have no control whatso ever. So why waste money on elections? All it is a tiered system for YES MEN. Thats fine non union just keeps picking up the pieces and gaining more market share from the mamalukes.

So whoever wins will either "Kiss The Ring" or they won't. My guess is the status quo will be protected.
Frank Fan

Chicago, IL

#7762 Nov 18, 2012
Missing The Point wrote:
Whoever is elected will be bribed/extorted into submission, via do what frank wants to do or you will be exterminated. The members have no control whatso ever. So why waste money on elections? All it is a tiered system for YES MEN. Thats fine non union just keeps picking up the pieces and gaining more market share from the mamalukes.
So whoever wins will either "Kiss The Ring" or they won't. My guess is the status quo will be protected.
Brad, why do you care you're no longer a member by choice. You decided to stop paying dues and by rule you were expelled. But then again you've made bad choices your whole life, isn't that right Brad?

John Valone is the right choice for the members of Local 2. A vote for John Valone is a vote for prosperity and unionism.
Frank Fan

Chicago, IL

#7763 Nov 18, 2012
Is Bill Cook just like his welder selling relative? Typical Cook everything is for sale at least he's not yet up on felony charges. I don't know why Cook is running but I guess its because the other relatives will need jobs in a few months when welder case is over. With The Cooks its not about the members its about the Cooks.

John Valone works for the members not his family. John's relatives aren't hawking welders on the internet and laying off people so his relatives can get jobs. You members who work for Thyssen know how the Cooks operate. If Cook wins we'll have to lock everything down to prevent his family from selling it.
Phony Balony

AOL

#7764 Nov 18, 2012
Facts are still facts. With a on going criminal investigation why would you vote for the status quo ?

Notice how iuec demonizes anyone who has a different opinion or approach. They act like they are on the right side of the law. They sure were Cooks buddy when he was in there and hundred others that kissed the ring. Who cares who is bringing the FACTS, Dan can't handle any competion, members that have balls to call him a criminal and dictator to his face. He couldn't handle that.
What is phony balony going to do debate bill cook on the standard agreement that he himself doesnt follow ? Just like frank ?

The internation union of elevator companies has one motive: to demonize, vilify, harrass, abuse, berate, mistreat, and slander any member that disagrees with them.

Selective representation is a reality at iuec so buyers beware. No matter who is elected they will have to "Kiss The Ring".
WTF

Minneapolis, MN

#7765 Nov 18, 2012
Who is Jack Conners? Of Kone Elevators, Is he on the up and up.
Patronage Chief

AOL

#7766 Nov 19, 2012
Jack was allowed by iuec to keep his family working ALL THE TIME. So for Dan to talk smack about TC is a typical hypocrisy. When Jack was the KING OF PATRONAGE at Kone and knows the art of quid pro quo.

Didn't he lie to a federal investigator ? Just the fax please !

Kiss The Ring
Frank fans a beat off

United States

#7767 Nov 19, 2012
What a joke let me know when the first local 2 member gets work on a windmill. That'll be the day one of those companies goes signatory to have a member work at our rate on a glorified shafter. The union will never take over residential work first off you have to have a company willing to work on that equipment and be able to make money at it same problem as above. They talk about all this work down the road. But that's all it is talk. No biz reps or the biz mgr have control of the local it's still being run by frank don't kid yourself. Frank fan you are the biggest beat off.
holy shi

Bolingbrook, IL

#7768 Nov 19, 2012
t. you hit that one on the head. let old block head aka.col.sanders. talk to AERO ENERGY corp.there workers that service the so called lifts in the units or wind farms are makeing 22 bucks per.hour that"s it... windmills... ya right aero energy has been doing it 4 over 25 years thay will never go with the iuec. what... morons ...but that old col.sanders will do anything for a vote ! next he will say that he was talking with K.F.C. to get you out of work members service work on the deep fryers...at the chicken shack...that old dude will never be finger licken good ...
Baaaaaaaad Man

Chicago, IL

#7769 Nov 20, 2012
windmills!!! sounds like alot of hot air to me. the next thing you know the col sanders will be selling the building to stop the local from going in to bankruptcy.
What a Shame

Chicago, IL

#7770 Nov 21, 2012
Tony and Brad,
Another loss, First Frank becomes General President,Obama gets elected to a second term and now John Valone wins. Are you not tired of losing ? I guess not because you guys are a bunch of LOSERS!

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