Founder-President of D.C. Union Searched, Faces Probe

caleb-gray-burrissCaleb A. Gray-Burriss built his union from the ground up. Now he’s run aground, and might be headed for an indictment. Federal authorities revealed that in April they had raided the home and office of Burriss, founder and head of the 800-member National Association of Special Police and Security Officers (NASPSO), based in Washington, D.C. According to an affidavit filed by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Inspector General, department investigators searched for documents related to the disappearance of $95,000 in pension and health plan dues, plus “numerous, ongoing withdrawals” from the accounts to cover travel and other personal expenses. 


The probe comes nine months after the Department of Labor filed a civil complaint accusing Burriss and the union of having “dealt with assets of the pension plan in their own interest or for their own account.” DOL regulators sought to remove Burriss as a trustee of the health and Read More ➡

Labor Department Sues N.W. Indiana Carpenters Pension Trustees

A sweetheart land deal continues to produce heartaches for those involved. On June 30 the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sued six persons involved with a decision by the Northwest Indiana Regional Council of Carpenters Trust Fund to invest $10 million in a major real estate development near Chesterton, Ind. Back in 1998 the pension board had voted to approve the purchase, at an inflated price, of a 55-acre tract of land in the 640-acre Coffee Creek planned community in Chesterton, Ind. Now the Labor Department wants Gerry Nannenga and other trustees refund all losses incurred in the deal. The suit also names former Indiana Democratic Chairman Peter Manous, Kevin Pastrick and C. Paul Ihle as defendants. They, along with Nannenga, were convicted last year on federal corruption charges. Nannenga had taken a $45,000 bribe from Pastrick and Manous to vote for the purchase.    


The DOL contends that the four Read More ➡