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19. Constitution of the United Association of Journeymen &
Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry of
34. Affidavit of Mrs. M. C. Carter..
36. Affidavit of Norwood Deal.
* May be found in the files of the subcommittee.
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52. Affidavit of Bruice Cottrell..
67. Affidavit of M. L. "Red" Evans..
90. Affidavit of Wesley Lord.-
91. Affidavit of Scottie L. Smith..
92. Unsworn statement of Earl Griffin.
March 22, 1960.-
August 16, 1960..
August 17, 1960.-
*May be found in the files of the subcommittee.
LOCAL 706, PLUMBERS & STEAMFITTERS UNION,
EL DORADO, ARK.
(On March 22, 1960, James F. Mundie and La Vern J. Duffy testified in executive session during hearings held by the Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field. This testimony was made public on March 26, 1960, by members of the select committee and follows below.)
TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 1960
Washington, D.C. The select committee met at 10:20 a.m., pursuant to Senate Resolution 249, agreed to February 8, 1960, in room 3302 of the Senate Office Building, Senate John L. McClellan (chairman of the select committee) presiding.
Present: Senator John L. McClellan, Democrat, Arkansas; Senator Karl E. Mundt, Republican, South Dakota (letter); Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr., Democrat, North Carolina.
Also present: Jerome S. Adlerman, acting chief counsel; James F. Mundie, investigator; LaVern J. Duffy, investigator; Ruth Y. Watt, chief clerk,
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will please come to order.
Before we proceed with testimony, the Chair will make a brief statement for the record.
First, I may insert in the record at this point a letter from the Honorable Karl E. Mundt, vice chairman, consenting that these hearings may be held by the chairman with only one member of the committee present. At this point, however, I would note in the record that Senator Ervin is expected to attend the hearings and will arrive shortly.
(The letter is as follows:) Hon. JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or
Management Field, Washington, D.C. DEAR SENATOR MCCLELLAN: Pursuant to rule 3 of the rules of procedure adopted by the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in the Labor or Management Field, you have my permission, as vice chairman, to conduct executive hearings on matters relating to the Arkansas situation, without a quorum of two members, for the purpose of taking testimony in executive session on Tuesday, March 22, 1960. Sincerely yours,
KARL E. MUNDT,
Vice Chairman. The CHAIRMAN. We are proceeding, however, since the Senate meets at 12 o'clock, and it is desired if we can to conclude these executive proceedings before noon.
More than a year ago the Chair began receiving complaints from Local 706 of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union of El Dorado, Ark., concerning the misuse of union funds and possible embezzlement of certain funds that were derived from assessments made against members of the union for the privilege of working. This was on a special project that was then under construction in Arkansas. There was a charge made, known as an assessment fee or assessment money, against each member who worked or each person who worked on the project as a steamfitter or plumber. These funds, it is alleged, have not been adequately accounted for. The complaints also charged that there had been a rigged election, also that there was lack of democracy in the union, and that a dictatorial rule generally prevailed.
These complaints were considered, and it had been the purpose of the Chair to have a preliminary investigation conducted with a view possibly of a full-scale investigation later.
That preliminary investigation has been conducted. We have present this morning members of the staff who conducted it, and we desire to get from them testimony with respect to their investigation, what information they were able to obtain, and what they found the facts to be.
This record will be made and preserved under the rules governing executive hearings. If the jurisdiction of this Senate select committee is by the Senate transferred to another committee of the Senate, these records will no doubt be available, such other committee or this committee, if it is continued beyond the 31st of March, may desire to hold full-scale hearings on the basis of the results of the preliminary investigation made by the staff.
The staff made this preliminary investigation into the financial operations of local 706, particularly during the years 1951 through 1954, at a time when a large Government arsenal was constructed at Pine Bluff, Ark.
As I pointed out up above, it is alleged that large amounts of money collected from members working on this project were, I think, designated “assessment money.”. It appears from information before the committee that a large portion of this assessment money has not been properly accounted for.
The first witness will be Mr. James F. Mundie. Do you and each of you solemnly swear that the evidence given before this Senate select committee shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Mr. MUNDIE. I do.
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Mundie, you have been duly sworn. Will you state your name, your place of residence, and your present business, occupation, or employment?
TESTIMONY OF JAMES F. MUNDIE AND LaVERN J. DUFFY
Mr. MUNDIE. My name is James F. Mundie. I reside at 3903 Silver Hill Road, Washington, D.C., and I am an investigator for the staff.
The CHAIRMAN. Are you one of the staff investigators of this committee ?
Mr. MUNDIE. I am.