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

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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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Only in Local 2 can you have a by-law pass without the required 2/3rds vote 109 members total would mean roughly 72 votes for passage , i guess that F*****G idiot president didn't want his job bad enough when he gaveled in the change to allow one of the worst by-laws ever to pass in the local's history , to stand with out enough votes. what a joke.
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What did you expect from a bunch of coorupt dems, honesty & fair play ?

While the government is supposed to "ensure democracy"?????
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Frank fan would thank a group of thugs under criminal investigation.
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Thugs with Rugs.
A call to arms

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Read Frankie's article he's looking for a few more thugs to step up and become fine union leaders like himself. So all you members who can't really fix elevators can take the same path to stardom like our great leader did
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We are to busy trying to keep our jobs. He has forgotten where he came from.
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Now that the companies have everything they want. Why do we need a union anymore ? They don't do anything except siphen/extort money from a dwindling membership.

Unions supposedly fought for the 40 hour work week and they just give it away like that ? Like I said union smunion.
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On January 19, 2009 Local 2 and Frank Christensen filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court asking for the release of documents pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This lawsuit was dismissed on March 24, 2010. On March 26, 2010 Elevator Constructors Local 2 and Frank Christensen filed another lawsuit in United States Federal District Court against the United States Department of Labor. The complaint asked the Court to prevent the DOL from withholding public documents pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. According to Court Documents the DOL is withholding approximately 4,100 pages of responsive material. The United States Department of Labor initially reported that they were withholding the 4100 pages due to FOIA Exemption 7(A). On April 29, 2011 the DOL acknowledged that 3,900 pages of documents are being withheld from the plaintiffs. The FOIA consists of approximately 750 documents, which are contained within the following categories; correspondence: 320 documents; witness and informant statements: 178 documents; internal memoranda: 153 documents; Union documents and reports: 87 documents; Court filings: 12 documents; and newspaper articles: 1 document. The DOL asserts “Exemption 7(A) to justify its withholding of the responsive materials. Exemption 7(A) permits an agency to withhold information contained in files compiled for law enforcement purposes if production “could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”[17]
On June 6, 2011, when Federal District Court Judge Ruben Castillo ruled that the Department of Labor's boilerplate justifications were not sufficient to meet the burden of invoking FOIA Exemption 7(A). That the Court defers resolution of the parties' cross-motion for summary judgement and orders the Department of Labor to submit declarations that meet the criteria and the withheld documents are to be submitted for an "in camera review.[18]
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On July 7, 2011 the Department of Labor submitted the 4100 pages of documents for an "in camera" review along with further declarations to provide the Court with sufficient information to decide whether the requested materials fall within Exemption 7(A). On July 11, 2011, Frank Christensen submitted a motion to ask the Court to release the Department of Labor's Declarations filed on July 7, 2011. On July 20, 2011 the Department of Labor submitted a motion to oppose Frank Christensen's motion to release the Department of Labor's Declaration. In that motion, the Department of Labor stated the reason why the declaration should not be released to the Plaintiffs'(Frank Christensen and Elevator Constructors Local 2) is because the declaration, "fully details the pending investigation, including the identification of the charges being investigated and the identification of informants".[18]
On August 17, 2011 in a Federal District Court ruling; Frank Christensen and Elevator Constructors Local 2; lost its FOIA lawsuit against the United States Department of Labor:
In the Memorandum and Order, United States District Court Judge Ruben Castillo ruled that he Grants the Department of Labor's motion for summary judgment and Denies Elevator Constructors Local 2 and Frank Christensen's motion for summary judgment and motion for disclosure. Judge Castillo stated, that Dept. of Labor District Director Mary Kebisek's 29-page declaration submitted in camera is specific, detailed and demonstrates that the withheld documents logically fall within Exemption 7(A). The declaration consists of:(1) an explanation of the complaints and allegations that led to the initiation of the criminal investigation; (2) a description of the pending criminal investigation; (3) a description of the closed civil investigations and how they relate to the pending criminal investigation; (4) an identification of the documents responsive to the Union's FOIA request; and (5) an explanation of how disclosure of those documents would harm the pending criminal investigation.
Kebisek highlights in detail the risk that disclosure of these documents would prematurely reveal the Department of Labor's evidence, as well as the nature, scope, direction and focus of its investigations. This, in turn could enable the targets-here, the Union, its officers, employers and employees-to destroy or alter the evidence or construct defenses. Releasing the withheld information could enable the Union, its officers, and employees to identify the witnesses and confidential informants assisting the Department of Labor in its investigations, raising the possibility of witness intimidations and harassment. Finally, the Court denies the Union's motion for disclosure of Kebisek's in camera declaration and any documents that were wrongfully withheld from the Union. As discussed above, the Court concludes that the requested documents were properly withheld by the Department. Additionally, the Court has determined that no portion of Kebisek's in camera declaration can be disclosed without revealing the information the Department of Labor seeks to protect.[19]
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With obama lying to everybody.
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Can you say Obstruction ?
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I can't believe you idiots are still on here talking to yourselves. How many years has it been?
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Nov 19, 2013
 

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Can't beleive you idiots still care aboutthis site
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It is here that the information we have all been waiting for will first be posted. This will be happening sooner than you think.
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With obama and the corrupt democrat delegation and multi million dollar intrests yeah im gonna have to say your full of it
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Heard your wife left you for a fry guy at McDonalds a huge step up from you
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Can you say obstruction ? With all of the corruption the democrats have been participation whats a little obstruction ?
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think frank sat down at the table today and was thankful for where he is today? Did he think about all the people he stepped on to get to where he is today? Did he think of all the members he screwed over? Was he thankfull for all the money he overpaid himself while leading local 2 to the highest legal fees of any local in the history of the IUEC? Was he thankful for being the biggest liar in the local and getting away with it? Was he thankful for being one of the least skilled members of the local and still ending up where he is now? Was he thankful the mrs never found out about the massages with happy endings back in the day at the conventions out east? Was he thankful that Ed never sat on him? And most of all is he thankful that the DOL has not indicted him yet and brought the embarrassment his pathetic puny ass so richly deserves? I don't think he did because frank believes he was entitled to it all thank god that price of shit is out of town and we don't have to sit and listen to him every month. Happy Thanksgiving to all the honest hard working members of local 2 and not the crooked officers.
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Its all about the obstruction and corrupted lawyers along the way.
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More calls about an "old" investigation are making the holiday season a December to remember. Stay tuned.

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