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Former union officials admit bribery charges

Ex-head of NYS Trades Council faces 20 years

Posted 12/16/22

The former president of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council and 10 other ex-officials from two locals admitted in federal court to selling out their members in exchange for hefty bribes from a non-union contractor.  

James Cahill, who as leader of the Trades Council represented more than 200,000 unionized construction workers, pleaded guilty to taking nearly $145,000 from a construction contractor in exchange for sanction of non-union labor on plumbing and pipefitting projects, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said.

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