By Sherie Winston
The union prosecutor who brought disciplinary
charges against Laborers General President Arthur A. Coia is appealing
the internal ruling that cleared Coia of most of those charges.
Robert Luskin, the union's general executive
board attorney, says he will appeal "limited parts"
of the March 9 ruling that exonerated the union chief on several
charges including associating with organized crime figures and
knowlingly permitting such individuals to influence union activity.
Coia was fined $100,000 for a personal business venture with a
union vendor that was found in violation of the union's ethical
practices code. Coia's personal attorney says he will not appeal.
Luskin says he has not made a final decision
on what aspects of the ruling by an independent hearing officer
to appeal. But sources say they expect the appeal to focus on
some of the legal standards used in the ruling. Luskin is not
expected to seek reconsideration on the association with organized
crime members decision.
The appeal also will be handled as an internal
matter by union-appointed appellate officer W. Neil Eggleston.
Luskin says he will seek an expedited review.
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