January 27,2000

Honorable Judge George A. Oí Toole
United States Court Suite 2300
1 Courthouse Way.
Boston, MA 02210

Dear Sir,

I am writing in regard to Arthur Coia former General President of the Laborers International Union of North America. It is my understanding Mr. Coia is scheduled to enter a plea in your court on Monday January 31,2000.

The plea bargain deal allows Mr. Coia the status of President Emeritus and pays him a salary of $250,000 a year. This $250,000 will be paid by 450,000 working union members Chicken pluckers, Mail Handlers, Hod Carriers and Laborers. These are good hard working people who have been swindled by the Laborers International Union for years.

In 1995 the United States Justice Department entered into a consent decree with the Laborers to end corruption and MOB control of the union. On December 5,1999 the LIUNA General Executive Board made a decision to pay Coia $250,000 a year for the rest of his life with no input from the 450,000 members of LIUNA. More disturbing is the fact that we have in house clean up team led by former FBI agent, W. Douglas Gow, who allowed this and a Justice Department that went along with this President Emeritus scheme at the memberships expense.

Mr. Coia does not deserve any kind of honorary or President Emeritus status. He is corrupt lawyer who abused his power as a union leader and officer of the court for personal gain.This is man with political influence being given special consideration instead of the jail time he deserves.

If you have any power over this plea bargain agreement. I ask you, on behalf of the working dues paying members of LIUNA, to strike the part of the plea bargain agreement that allows Coia to remain as President Emeritus and collect a $250,000 a year salary.

Your honor 15 men voted to pay their old friend Arthur Coia a salary for the rest of his life not the membership of LIUNA. To let Arthur Coia off this easy is a mockery of Justice. To let him leave with $250,000 a year of working Laborers money for the rest of his life is criminal.

Sincerely yours,

Alex Corns
Business Manager
Hod Carriers
Local 36
San Francisco

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