AP Exclusive: Union members appointed...

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

There are 7581 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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What a Shame

United States

#7907 Jul 3, 2013
How Dumb. Can't let it go. there is no investigation. You Boys or is it Girls need to let it go. The investigation from 2003 to 2006, have you ever heard a court case from so long a go ???
Tony,Tony,Tony, still the biggest lossssser in the elevator industry.
Corrupted Government


#7909 Jul 6, 2013
How long does it take for an investigation ? You are full of sh-t!

After what I've seen on Fast and Furious, Bengazi, IRS and other issues that require swift justice that have been exposed a corrupt government.

Bolingbrook, IL

#7911 Jul 7, 2013
bullshit to tall danny old boy just think the little mini moron ... frank the yank made you a vp that is some funny bullshit, it will all come to a end, we are still getting the work, and you still to this day have people sitting.... what lie have u and the moron boyz...told them this week? oh i like the job p. q .the block head gov. has done for local 2 zero just like u...so much bullshit so little done but thats all on the hi heel boyz at the old irs office in chicago ridge. what a shame........
Crossing Lines


#7912 Jul 10, 2013
Canadian members are crossing the strike line to put food on the table.

Do you blame them ?

Chicago, IL

#7913 Jul 24, 2013
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.


#7914 Jul 27, 2013
What did you expect from a bunch of coorupt dems, honesty & fair play ?

While the government is supposed to "ensure democracy"?????

United States

#7918 Sep 3, 2013
Frank fan would thank a group of thugs under criminal investigation.
Puke Membranes


#7919 Sep 4, 2013
Thugs with Rugs.
A call to arms

United States

#7920 Sep 5, 2013
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
Company Man


#7921 Sep 6, 2013
We are to busy trying to keep our jobs. He has forgotten where he came from.
Union Smunion


#7922 Oct 1, 2013
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.
Front burner

United States

#7925 Oct 28, 2013
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]
Front burner

United States

#7926 Oct 28, 2013
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]
Hard To Believe


#7927 Nov 6, 2013
With obama lying to everybody.
Obama Drama


#7928 Nov 17, 2013
Can you say Obstruction ?

Elmwood Park, IL

#7929 Nov 17, 2013
I can't believe you idiots are still on here talking to yourselves. How many years has it been?


#7930 Nov 19, 2013
Can't beleive you idiots still care aboutthis site
The source

United States

#7931 Nov 20, 2013
It is here that the information we have all been waiting for will first be posted. This will be happening sooner than you think.
Blah Blah Blah


#7932 Nov 21, 2013
With obama and the corrupt democrat delegation and multi million dollar intrests yeah im gonna have to say your full of it
Buh bye Bradley

Park Ridge, IL

#7933 Nov 27, 2013
Heard your wife left you for a fry guy at McDonalds a huge step up from you

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