Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Findings by The Review Officer Regarding Required Approval of Candidates for EST

Pursuant to Paragraph 5.k.iv of the Stipulation and Order entered in this matter on June 3, 2010, any candidate seeking to run for a position as an officer of the District Council during the Review Officer’s tenure must first be approved by the Review Officer, who will determine whether in light of the terms and objectives of the Consent Decree the candidate is qualified to run for office and represent the union membership.

By Order entered August 15, 2013, the District Court approved implementation of modified election rules (“the rules”) to be applied by this office in a special election for the term of the District Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer (“EST”) expiring on January ll, 2015.

Five members, Gregory Kelty, Stephen McInnis, Pat Nee, James Noonan, and Salvatore Tagliaferro, submitted petitions pursuant to the rules. Each met the threshold requirement of submitting petitions with the signatures of at least 150 members in good standing. Mr. Tagliaferro confirmed the withdrawal of his candidacy via email on September 21, 2013. I (and two staff investigators, Jack Mitchell and Bill O’Flahelty) formally interviewed the other four members.

I found all of the members in question to be members in good standing eligible to run for office pursuant to Section 3 1 .D of the Constitution of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. After completing the vetting and interview process contemplated by the rules, the candidacy of Gregory Kelty is approved. The candidacies of Messrs. Mclrmis, Nee and Noonan are not.

Mindful of the Court’s Decision and Order filed in this matter on October 26, 20ll, which serves as the law of the case in this regard, I record the following observations to document the record in this matter.

Stephen McInnis

Mr. Mclrmis was among a group of District Council Executive Committee members who in February 2013 received a free medical procedure (a heart scan worth $300) from a vendor who sought to become approved as a service provider by the District Council Welfare Fund. Mr. Mclrmis stated in his candidate interview that he had done so because of repeated requests to do so from a brother member who runs a foundation that accepts contributions to pay for heart scans performed by the vendor in question. A photograph of Mr. Mclnnis (along with the member, the vendor, Michael Bilello and Michael Cavanaugh, who also received free scans) appeared on the vendor’s web site. Mr. McIrmis’s view is that there was nothing improper about his receipt of the free procedure, and insisted in response to an email inquiry from this office and in his candidate interview that the cost of the procedure could appropriately be paid by the District Council Welfare Fund. Despite that view, he (and other recipients of free scans still on the executive committee) sent checks to the vendor to pay for the service and stated that they would not seek reimbursement.

Mr. Mclrmis admitted in his candidate interview that he requested the District Council executive committee to reject my recommendation regarding the District Council IT system and business practices, but could not state a reason for this that related to the substance of the recommendation, only that there were, in sum and substance, too many things going on at the District Council to consider implementing any aspect of my recommendation.

Mr. Mclrmis admitted in his candidate interview that he had a discussion with “members” about how to go about rescinding the delegate body’s earlier adoption of an RO recommendation to adopt improved Trial Committee rules. Such a motion was made and passed by the delegate body but vetoed by this office.

Mr. Mclrmis admitted in his candidate interview that he had recently discussed with a certain member (who is on the District Council executive committee) the prospect of the member obtaining a business representative position with the District Council. Though Mr. Mclrmis stated that he made no agreement with the member, the man’s name appears on a list of persons scheduled to be interviewed this week by a hiring committee appointed by Mr. Mclrmis last week (after months of requests from the Director of Operations that more representatives were needed). I understand the member in question to have appreciable political influence in his large local union.

Pursuant to the UBC Constitution, Mr. Mclrmis would have to resign as District Council President in order to run for EST. Mr. Mclrmis admitted in his candidate interview that he had discussed with a member -- understood by this office to be a potential candidate for EST -- that if the member were elected president that Mr. Mclrmis would consider giving him a delegation of authority with compensation (and based on the wording of Mr. McIrmis’s response, I believe likely would).

Pat Nee 

This office has developed a record of problematic conduct in multiple matters relating to Mr. Nee, beginning with his service as President of Local 157 (which was vetoed). The record of each proceeding is incorporated herein by reference (beginning from the time a Notice of Possible Action was first issued to Mr. Nee in November 2011).

Further, a Notice of Possible Action was issued to Mr. Nee on July 29, 2013, relating to his improper behavior as a delegate on July 24, 2013, when he threatened to “pound” the presiding officer at the delegate meeting. [The NPA has been held in abeyance based on Mr. Nee’s in-person pledge to this office that he regretted his behavior and vowed that it would not happen again.]

James Noonan 

During his candidate interview, Mr. Noonan was unable to cite any qualification, experience or training (other than his integrity and dedication to the brotherhood) that would aid in deeming him qualified to serve as the chief executive of the District Council (who automatically serves as a trustee and co-chair of the board of trustees of the Benefit Funds). He is a good-hearted member who is currently a delegate, but perhaps admitted too much when he stated that he had received pledges of assistance from siblings (one of whom is an attorney) in meeting the challenge of being EST.

The Election Process Going Forward 

In my view, the Consent Decree and the Stipulation and Order clearly require that an election be held. As only one candidate for EST has been approved, I will seek the consent of the Court to re-set the election schedule to allow time for appropriate notice to be mailed to all Union members, for additional candidate petitions to be prepared and submitted by Union members and for additional candidates to be approved. The District Council should be able to mail the notice by October 8, 2013, and the previously-approved election schedule should be adjusted accordingly.

I urge all qualified members who have pondered and care deeply about the future of a corruption-free District Council, who recognize the importance of organized labor in preserving fair wages and safe working conditions in the New York construction industry and who are free of petty political motivation to consider rur1r1ing for the office.

Dated: New York, New York
September 24, 2013
Dermis M. Walsh
Review Officer


  1. he (and other recipients of free scans still on the executive committee) sent checks to the vendor to pay for the service and stated that they would not seek reimbursement.

    The problem here Dennis is that the exec committee members sent those checks"Not Seeking Reimbursement, after they were caught in that Bilello malfeasence.

    Nix the exec board & start over.

    Its the only way to satisfy the quest as I quote you RO.

    "I urge all qualified members who have pondered and care deeply about the future of a corruption-free District Council, who recognize the importance of organized labor in preserving fair wages and safe working conditions in the New York construction industry and who are free of petty political motivation to consider rur1r1ing for the office.

  2. Drop dead Unity Team member Steve "2 credits" McInnis !

  3. Mr. McGinnis's seeming arrogance & obstinate behavior toward the R.O. is surprising particularly given the number of years he has had as a polished white collar D.C. employee. It shows that after years of a steady white collar income & benefits that he is out of touch with the very men & woman working 'on the tools' that he is to supposed to represent when he is not aware of the requirement to resign as the D.C.President prior to submitting his candidacy papers for the E.S.T. position per the UBCJA Constitution.

    His lax behavior there would then seem to follow through to not reading, following or abiding by the August 5, 2011 D.C. By-laws. After 24-years of the overall RICO proceedings & the follow on near 20-year old Civil RICO Consent Decree, of all people - you'd expect Steve McGinnis to be on top of his game and given the total compensation packages for the executives, notwithstanding the perks over & above the base, there is no excuse for any of them to take a dime from anyone, whethere a G.C., Subcontractor, Material Supplier or Vendor at any level or capacity and that would include buying their own lunch & coffee. Why would a competent executive put themselves in that position given the history of this case?

    The elections are held, the people get into office & they thinks it's whatever I say goes, e.g. the exact crap that started the case in the first instance. The reality check here is simple - Fella's, you are under a Court Ordered receivership/trusteeship. Essentially, you can't do a thing without vetting every action with legal counsel at the D.C., the Benefit Trust Funds & prior approval of the R.O. & USAO in advance of said action(s).

    1. Last man standing, Greg Kelty, is the man with the intelligence needed, to fix the mess at the NYCDCC.
      Bring em on!

  4. V.P. Mike Cavanaugh now has two strikes against him, the Section 21 By-law violation & wage give away to the Welfare Fund & the free heart screening. Both require forethought & plannning, both were premeditated & both are cause for immediate veto & expulsion.

    So, what's the delay? Why is Cavanaugh still collecting a pay-check & lavish benefits & perks? His actions were, are & remain fraudulent - so again why the hell he is still kicking around at the District Council?

    Moreover, given the multitude of charges now mounting against McGinnis and the agreement he signed off on prior to the "special dispensation" from the G.P. McCarron, he has failed to follow the heightened standards put in place after the Bilello veto & it's time that the charges to veto his employment were filed & mailed out because he has not lived up to the requirements of the position.

    This is getting like Obama, the never ending campaign/election cycle due to the simple fact that the people running don't have a clue on how to run the office they were elected to fill!

  5. Mike Cavanaugh stole money thru an illegal allottment plain and simple ( I think lawyers call that black letter law) . Mike Billelo was vetoed for the same reason and is no longer EST. Phil Guidice ( Is this guy mobbed up?) still has his job as well. I think every member should be offended that the EST we elected got tossed and this #rd Generation criminal carpenter remains. Call 1877-712-4896 to report corruption in progress while Mike Cavanaugh and Phil Guidice maintain their current positions that could do further harm to the membership. Dennis Walsh is responsible for cleaning out the human garbage that inhabits 395. Lets get after dennis Walsh to prosucute criminal acts that were done in collusion with others like Steve SuperNonCompliance McInnis, Ray Meberg Harvey and thoseothers wastes of oxygen like Capurso (Defrauding the membership thru non enforcement of contracts). Dennis why do we have to continually pay for this abortion clinic of neverbeen competent people?

  6. Time wounds all heels.?Again and again and again?.Go ahead and have another picnic for the "animals"Mr.McGinnis.?To your credit (2) you went toooo far?.Vetoed for something like stealing a bag of potato chips from a candy store,when you owned an entire chain of supermarkets?.How does this veto affect all the other positions you hold? Your ambitions went to your head? D.Walsh is the fucking man!!!!!!! Sal resigned?

  7. Good, no DIRTY DALY!

  8. keep up the good work Dennis Walsh.. clean the house please.

  9. As DW continues mopping up the mess in the union,many members are realizing that Dennis the Menace Walsh is for real .In time he will be remembered as the man who got all the holdouts,the untouchables,the protected pieces of shit that wrecked(almost) the rank and file. Give him enough time and you will see it come to pass.His enure should be extended until all the scum is gone.


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