WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Many Local 302 members have wondered what happened to some of their union bosses. Here's an update:
Clyde Wilson: Resigned as of December 2000. As President, Wilson expelled former business manager Val Albert from Local 302 in November 1996. Wilson was selected by the Executive Board (all incumbents) to serve as business manager in April 1997. In 1999, Wilson hired the union's accounting firm (with your money) to commit election fraud against brother Ed Hanson. Hanson is still in court seeking justice through the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. His case is pending this summer. Hanson's suit and the evidence against Wilson drove Wilson into resignation. Maybe now, Wilson can learn to operate equipment during all of his spare time.
Jack Jakubiec: Resigned as of December 1999. Once compared to “Ivan the Terrible” (WWII concentration camp guard) at union meetings for his yelling at brother members, the former secretary is long gone. Bad health may have been a factor, but isn't it strange that Jakubiec resigned three months after the fraudulent election of 1999? As Secretary, Jakubiec was supposed to retain all election records for one year. Turns out that some records were destroyed on election day. Hmmmmmmm!!!!
Larry Johnson: Resigned as of April 1997. Believed to be the king of dirty tricks at Local 302. With a little help from his friends, Russell Conlon and Frank Hanley, Johnson cheated his way into business manager in 1990 and repeated the efforts in 1993 and 1996. But only eight months into his new term, he mysteriously resigned. Why? One theory is that he got caught abusing the union treasuries (no kidding). Another theory is that he was no longer a coherent business manager (review the deposition of Larry Johnson). Larry resigned to his big horse ranch in Monroe, Washington. If there are any Larry sightings during the 2002 union election, contact this web-site.
Ron Knight: Resigned as of December 1996. The former Vice President of Local 302 may have been the smartest ex-union boss ever. Just a few short months after the 1996 election, Knight resigned and left town. He was heard to say that he was going to get as far away as his motorhome could carry him (presumably to the East Coast). Happy trails, Ron.
Charlie Barton: Resigned as of December 1993. The former union secretary suddenly resigned three months after the 1993 election (why do all of these fellows resign just after the elections?). Some say that Charlie is the second smartest ex-union boss ever, because he got away from Larry Johnson ... but, only as far as Camano Island, WA. Charlie was overheard by a brother member to say "Local 302 is a ticking time bomb!" When a process server arrived at Charlie's home with a subpoena for his deposition in 1999, Charlie said, "I feared this day would come!" Charlie, release that negative karma. Let the cat out of the bag. You'll feel better.
Mike Jonas: From President to elevator operator (in less than a month) or, "how the cheater got cheated." Some members said that Jonas was a blowhard, but he's actually a nice guy. Well, nice guys finish last in this union. Jonas went from Vice-President -- to editor of the "Loadline" newspaper --to President -- to Trustee on the union's $2.5 billion Pension Fund. Pretty rapid ascent in one year's time. Today, Jonas operates an elevator. Jonas was on the fast-track to become business manager, but he lost everything after the 1999 election. What happened? Ask his old, ex-buddy Barry Riedesel.
Barry Riedesel: Still trying to climb the ladder, if his wife will let him. Now here's a story! Riedesel, the consumate lap-dog, got himself the most respectable job in the union in 1996 ----- Chairman of the Election Committee. After the first Committee meeting he got on the phone that night with Mike Jonas, who was running hard for Vice-president. Riedesel's telephone records show that he was a busy boy during the summer of 1996, calling Mike Jonas and Larry Johnson at their homes during the summer campaign. Wonder what was going on here? A fraud election for a nice little job with the union, maybe? After his buddy Larry Johnson and ex-buddy Mike Jonas won their races, Riedesel levied three charges against brother Val Albert, who was also a candidate. The charges led to Albert's expulsion three months after the election. In retaliation, Albert got Riedesel's phone records. In double retaliation, Riedesel got his wife to harass the phone company, U.S. West Communications. Riedesel should be a hero for his courageous acts at Local 302. Well, he is a hero in some union boss's eyes. Today, Riedesel is Vice-President (Jonas' old job), Editor of the "Loadline" (Darr's old job), and Trustee of the union's $2.5 billion Pension Fund (Jonas' other old job). That's our boy Riedesel. Trustworthy, honest, loyal. Just ask his ex-buddy Mike Jonas.
Allan B. Darr: Your "selected" business manager. Did you know that Local 302 was ruderless for three weeks in early 2001? That's because no one wanted to be business manager after Clyde Wilson resigned. With all of the lawsuits going on, the job was too hot, even for Barry Riedesel (his wife probably told him no). The little man with the big smile was drafted to be your leader. Forget the fact that Darr doesn't know the difference between hydraulic fluid and coolant (he was an oiler on the Alaska Pipeline), and forget the fact that he couldn't recall if he ever served as editor of the "Loadline" news (Darr lied on his deposition because records show he edited the news for about 10-years), and forget the fact that the union's ballot printer used to call Darr at his home when the ballots were being printed in 1996 (yeah, Val Albert got those phone records too). Darr is referred to as "the horse" by some union bosses. But when the facts are examined, Darr looks more like a horse's a... Allan Darr is the movie star of Local 302 now. Read the "Loadline." Allan Darr is like the second coming. He knows everything and does it all. See his big picture in the "Loadline." See his big article in the "Loadline." See Darr's big smile. But remember, Darr was selected by the Executive Board, not elected by you. Run Allan, run.
Herb Miller: Retired (and hunting jack-rabbits with his new gun). Former union organizer Herb Miller once asked his Alaska Pipeline roomate Ed Hanson, "why don't you come over and join our group in this union." Hanson declined, but asked Herb if he might someday seek a higher office with his group of union bosses. Miller responded, "You gotta be kidding. I'm not that stupid."
Russell Conlon: Larry Johnson's big union hall now bears the Conlon name. (Isn't that supposed to happen after you pass on, Russ?). Some people call Conlon the "godfather" of Local 302. (Darr calls him " yes, sir.") Others call Conlon the great, great, great, great ... godfather. Russ, what we really want to know is -- did you finally get even with those terrible Albert brothers? (Remember when Val Albert fired your son Michael because Val thought that the assistant to the business manager should be able to do more than read the funnies at his office?). By the way, Mr. Conlon, how many $ hundreds of millions of dollars of our Pension Fund does your son Michael manage today?
Russell Reid: Active, and getting it at both ends. Reid is the union attorney who Ed Hanson proclaimed as the defacto business manager. And Reid has never been a member of Local 302. Reid gets members to fight among themselves and then when the lawsuits start flying, Reid is right there to defend the union (Larry Johnson, Jack Jakubiec, Clyde Wilson, Charlie Barton, Barry Riedesel, Allan Darr) and collect BIG. The more lawsuits, the better for Russ Reid ($$$$$$$$$). Unfortunately, all of the money comes out of the member's pockets. Russ Reid doesn't care how he gets it, just as long as he gets it. (A certain class of people exist). Of course, none of the union bosses are smart enough to figure this out. Russ Reid may be one smart attorney, but would you trust him to guard your pension money? Well, guess what?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dave Clements: Still active and getting ready for the next election. As the union's accountant and auditor, Clements learned two things about Local 302: Election Superviser is the best position for long-term job security (about 35-years), and never show up for an election without the Milk-Fund ladies. Clements has never supervised a union election that he didn't like. Clement's big problem are those two little election strips that Ed Hanson has lodged as evidence with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and with the U.S. Department of Labor's Enforcement Division. Clements really knows how to cut-up your election ballots. It's called creative ballot tabulation (tampering). Ballot shredding and the throwing away of evidence is a violation of federal labor law. Clements's brand of handiwork probably mixes well with creative accounting. Did he ever hear of Arthur Anderson and ENRON? Hey Dave, bid low this time, so that you can get caught red-handed ……again.
Malcolm Auble: Slow learner, or part of the problem? From a humble home in Alaska and as an apprentice mechanic on the Pipeline, Auble had potential. But with mentors such as Larry Johnson, Allan Darr and Russ Reid, don't expect great leadership from Auble. The corruptable are recruited to their posts for specific purposes. Auble won't find moral guidance with these mentors. Actually, Malcolm left Alaska thinking that he was now a Big-Shot in Local 302 when he became the new Secretary. But the Anchorage boys laughed hard when he left home. They were all glad to get rid of him ..... and his Bright Eyes.
The "Loadline": The Local 302 newspaper is Allan Darr's personal propaganda rag. It's intended to brainwash the members. We hope that the members are a little too smart and independent for Darr's brand of communism. Allan Darr shamelessly uses the "Loadline" to get himself and his cronies elected. Did you ever see such a megalomaniac write about himself? (Don't forget, Darr believes that he is a movie star). But what about the costs? If each edition cost $60,000 to print and mail out to all 9000 members, that runs into some serious money. (Four times per year for 10 years. You do the math!). Pretty tricky, Mr. Darr! Campaigning for yourself with the member's money. But what else can we expect from a man who got vested in Local 302 by bringing coffee and doughnuts to the foreman five times per day, without ever learning how to run equipment (or not knowing the difference between engine coolant and hydraulic fluid).
The Union Hall: Larry thought his name would be on it. Sorry Larry. You should have named it before you resigned. We know you had it built for yourself (about $6 million). Allan Darr couldn't say "yes sir" enough to Russ Conlon. So now we have the Conlon Union Hall in Bothell, Washington. But is the new hall really big enough for Darr? Maybe Darr envisions all of that empty space as a place to let his ego expand into. Of course, the ordinary members (who own it) aren't allowed in, except to the dispatch window. Just try to get in and walk around. You'll be asked to leave.
CONCLUSION: As your union bosses fly around in first class air service and pump-up their retirement, just remember that Local 302 is still your union. Your union bosses are not moral leaders. Look at how many of them resigned in disgrace. You do have a voice against oppression, but you have to use it. Stand up and say enough is enough! Now go do something about it.