Trusteeship to End at New York City’s Corrupt District Council 37

After a three-year trusteeship aimed at rooting out widespread corruption, Am. Fed’n of State, County & Mun. Employees Dist. Council 37, NYC’s giant municipal union, will again be allowed to run its own affairs beginning this spring, union bosses said Jan. 9. DC37 bosses said officials from their parent union had indicated that the trusteeship would be over by the end of Mar. 2002 and an election held that same month. The union has been rocked by a scandal in which more than 20 officials were convicted of embezzlement and other crimes. The presidents of two of the council’s 56 union locals were convicted of stealing more than $1 million. Several council officials were convicted of stuffing the ballot box in 1996 to ensure approval of an unpopular contract with a two-year wage freeze. [N.Y. Times 1/10/02]