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Operating Engineers Local 150 Remains One of Northern Illinois Most Active Unions

NLRB statistics and filings often do not reveal the true activity level of Operating Engineers Local 150. Frequently, Local 150's strategy is more focused on picketing and boycotts, rather than traditional NLRB elections. The reality is that Operating Engineers 150 is probably the most active private sector union in Northern Illinois. They are exceedingly well funded. They have a huge, well-paid staff, including an army of lawyers. Here is salary information from the most recent LM-2 filing with the US Department of labor:

James Sweeney

President-Bus Mgr

$326,265

Kevin Burke

Vice-President

$245,728

Steven Cisco

Recording Corr Secretary

$402,758

David Fagan

Financial Secretary

$268,361

Marshall Douglas II

Treasurer

$249,503

John Ahlgrim

Business Rep

$161,870

Federico Alvarez

Organizer

$176,752

George Antos

Business Rep

$157,931

Steve Benefield

Business Rep

$159,022

Allen Bingham

Business Rep

$232,734

Joseph Blazevich

Business Rep

$142,444

Patrick Carlson

Business Rep

$155,210

Nicholas Cline

Business Rep

$148,001

James Connolly Jr

Legal Department

$104,651

Steven Davidson

Legal Department

$166,807

Anthony Diliberto II

Organizer

$156,235

Neal Deuser

Organizer

$168,917

Bryan Diemer

Business Rep

$184,352

Deanna Distasio

Business Rep

$179,377

Karl Drapeaux

Business Rep

$152,715

Ryan Drew

Business Rep

$162,311

Michael Drew

Business Rep

$157,374

Martin Durkan

Business Rep

$153,587

Kenneth Edwards

Business Rep

$183,498

Richard Fahy

Business Rep

$158,716

Thomas Ferrallo

Business Rep

$162,548

Kevin Flynn

Business Rep

$140,679

Michael Foulk

Business Rep

$153,149

James Gardner

Business Rep

$159,606

John Garza

Office Manager Accountant

$165,482

David Gerdez

Business Rep

$162,482

Michael Getzelman

Organizer

$156,963

Carlton Glover

Business Rep

$161,437

Carmela Gonzalez

Business Rep

$151,868

William Goodwin

Business Rep

$157,497

Melinda Hensel

Legal Department

$175,121

Christopher Hoffman

Business Rep

$143,556

Shawn Holm-Hansen

Business Rep

$160,166

John Horne

Business Rep

$155,847

Stephen Karpowicz

Business Rep

$159,115

Paul Keska

Business Rep

$155,044

Charles Kiser

Legal Department

$175,121

Michael Kresge

Business Rep

$182,569

Brett Krogstad

Business Rep

$128,557

Elizabeth LaRose

Legal Department

$183,594

John Lask

Organizer

$163,746

Christopher Lawrence

Business Rep

$170,776

Judy MacKowiak

Credit Union

$100,382

Edward Maher

Communications

$116,807

Dennis Martin

Business Rep

$160,923

Lance McGill

Business Rep

$163,878

Terry McNeely

Business Rep

$163,516

Martin Moore

Business Rep

$152,464

Andrew Moreno

Business Rep

$129,718

Reynaldo Nolazco

Business Rep

$101,995

William O'Connor

Business Rep

$155,400

Daniel Opatkiewicz

Business Rep

$163,722

Marquis Overstreet

Business Rep

$141,694

Robert Paddock

Business Rep

$170,764

Brian Palka

Business Rep

$157,402

Robert Paszta

Legal Department

$155,642

Wallace Pendleton Jr

Business Rep

$156,137

Jeffery Peters

Business Rep

$159,125

Dale Pierson

Legal Department

$249,606

Dean Rankovich

Business Rep

$172,691

Michael Roach

Business Rep

$148,218

Thomas Rottman

Business Rep

$157,816

Brad Russell

Legal Department

$130,445

Stephen Russo

Business Rep

$158,591

Michael Simms

Business Rep

$159,320

Stanley Simrayh

Business Rep

$209,533

John Sorenson

Business Rep

$160,677

Bryan Stagowski

Maintenance

$189,541

Frank Studer

Business Rep

$158,802

Raymond Sundine

Organizer

$158,179

Mark Szula

Business Rep

$162,449

Jeffrey Valles

Business Rep

$165,304

Shannon Vickers

Organizer

$165,399

Acy Wartsbauch III

Business Rep

$153,311

Jake Wetzel

Business Rep

$163,484

Lance Yendock

Business Rep

$152,116

Patrick Young

Business Rep

$161,039

Vincent Zajec Sr

Business Rep

$156,936

Wessels Sherman has been involved over the past few years in a large number of these cases. Most frequently it is a boycott using an inflatable rat set up not at the target company location, but at the facilities of their customers and suppliers. We have written in previous Client Updates about the notorious Eliason & Knuth case that we expect to be reversed soon by the NLRB. Local 150 relies on this free-speech theory to justify a clear secondary boycott. The eventual Board reversal will seriously limit the effectiveness of these secondary boycott campaigns. We are awaiting an Administrative Law Judge decision on an important case where we represented the neutral employer. Wessels Sherman lawyers recently were involved in a lengthy battle in the Rockford area where Operating Engineers 150 walked away after about a year of harassment. A recent Local 150 focus has been generator suppliers through efforts at organizing generator technicians and strikes are ongoing.

Local 150 Trust fund audits have been a big issue as well. There, the tactic is to use trust funds rather than the union to audit and claim huge sums from unsuspecting employers on various theories. These audits can be particularly dangerous because if a federal court collection suit is filed, under ERISA there is strong likelihood that the target company will end up paying the other side's legal fees.

If any of our readers would like to discuss any of these issues, contact Attorney Richard Wessels at [email protected] or at (630) 377.1554.

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