Chicago Department of Water Management Laborer Jesus Navarro has a history of one of the best workers in the corrupt Chicago North District Water Department. Jesus was verbally assaulted by a ranking water official. The swiping policy in the Water Department allows those with clout to swipe where they want and those with out clout to swipe in less desirable locations. Jesus listened to racial slurs and threats to his job. Jesus demanded the work site at 1430 North Central Park to have Safety barricades and arrows. Jesus watched as a young kid almost got whacked and near head on collision. An army of Water management officials showed up. Police were called. A full scale investigation is under way.
The City of Chicago Department of Water Management Safety Department is now under high alert. Caught again with no enforced safety rules, the embroiled department is trying to explain why there is no shoring or trench safety. Plumbers Local 130 business agents are also inspecting sites. The Illinois Department of Labor inspected two more sites near Patrick McDonough’s residence in Chicago. Hmmmmm. “I complained about it for years, and all they do is retaliate,” said Patrick McDonough. “It did not matter when I was the Plumber-in-charge of the Night Hydrant Truck, but when I got my job back they put me in an unsafe ditch”,claimed McDonough. Now, McDonough is in a lesser position and in a district farther from his legal residence. “It is called retaliation, plain and simple,” said Frank Avila.
Congratulations to Chicago Inspector Generals Office. In October of 2005, an investigation into the Department of Water Management North District Employees came up empty handed. (Right on Script Boys!!). The I.G. came up with nothing. Thousands of Chicago Taxpayer dollars spent in wasted time. Send in Frank Avila, Patrick McDonough, and Frank Coconate, and the corruption will be exposed. No report ever issued to the public. Thought we forgot? Photo by Patrick McDonough.
On April 5, 2006, Patrick McDonough was sent to a job-site to perform plumbing duties. The hole he worked in was in excess of seven (7) foot deep. The ditch caved in sending McDonough to the hospital. The City of Chicago Department of Water Management does not provide shoring for it’s workforce. Patrick McDonough has demanded shoring for years, and the grievances files disappeared. Illinois Department of Labor has been notified. Patrick McDonough has five children and is pictured with Michael and David. This photo was taken by Chicago Sun-Times Photojournalist, Richard A. Chapman. Richard is a great artist. Please see attached article by Fran Spielman of Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Tribune also covered this tragedy on April 7, 2006.
On March 29, 2006 the Chicago Department of Water Management Valve Crew worked in the middle of the 45th Street and State Avenue intersection. The workers were John Hickey, Paul Montes, and the greatest plumber in the City of Chicago, Patrick McDonough. ” I was in the middle of the intersection and the crew placed safety cones everywhere”, said McDonough, “I try to work safe.” The speed limit is 25 mph and the cars and trucks were speeding by at 50 mph or more. Large semis and cement trucks were within 2 feet of the valve basin. At least the guys that works for the Illinois state highways and tollways have some form of safety. “One false step and my five kids would have no father,” said McDonough.
I cannot believe this, we need proper safety procedures.
Chicago Police had a driving skills test today at the Chicago White Sox’s Parking Lot “G”. The lot is located at 33rd Street and NormaI. I was amazed at how well the Chicago Police drive the course with out hitting the cones. The driving excellence is a reminder to goof balls that think they will out run the police. Young drivers remember, pull over and do not make thing worse on yourself. One police officer really stood out on the course, a great driver, her name is Officer Alvarado. I never saw more burn outs and smoke than today. The Water Department love our Police.
On March 28, 2006, I observed a bizarre and disconcerning event. At the Chicago Department of Water Management located at 39th and Iron a private contractor was loading up a truck load of Water Department supplies. I noticed this in the North District Water Department Wabansia yard at 3822 West Wabansia before. I know Water Department employees need I.D., drug tests and background tests to enter the site, but this guy had nothing and no Union credentials. Again, I am against contractors being supplied with any City property, material and/or labor. We must have complete separation and accountability. The contractor was Mannion Plumbing. The truck a beat up old white Ford 150 with license plate 12130 D. The driver told me he drops these parts off all over the city. I do know Mannion Plumbing is sent in to help Water Main Contractors that do not have Licenced Plumbers as required by law. Usually, when the contractor is busted by Chicago Plumbing Inspectors. On a personal note, when I was fired by the Department of Water Management on April 1, 2006, (Ha, Ha, April Fools Day), my lawyer Frank Avila was told he cannot enter the site due to Security Concerns (Frank Avila a Captian in the U.S. Army reserve). Mayor Daley’s Chicago Inspector General’s Office was given a call to determine policy, Investigator Amezaga answered at 9:45 a.m. and was not concerned. The I.G. was not concerned about Hired Truck calls in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and or 2003. Very consistent.
Many years ago , I was in verbal disagreements with the way the overtime was distributed in the Chicago Department of Water Management. I talked to Michael Tierney and Tom Cook about why I did not get overtime. They asked me to leave the office and Michael Tierney slammed the door on me. I could not understand bribes were paid to Michael Tierney according to sworn testimony at Patrick McDonough’s residency hearing. I called the Chicago Plumber’s Union and they did nothing. Tierney married one of the daughters of the Business Agent, Tom McMannus, that had a duty and a obligation to protect it’s members. Please read an article by Gary Washburn for your entertainment. http://www.ipsn.org/local_1001/web_site_details_ot_paid_by_city.htm The department is currently on a list system for laborers and a settlement has been made to it’s members. Laborer’s Union under Charles v. Loverde, the President and Business Manager have good leadership as compared to Plumber’s Local 130 failing under James Sullivan. Keep Politics out of the Workplace!. A overtime list might be on the drawing board for the Plumbers. Wait and do not hold your breath. A Overtime Information Form has been requested by Management, changes coming? Will Teng and associates administer this list?
It was reported today, the City of Chicago Department of Water Management downed two additional Hydrant Trucks. Since I have been the Plumber-in-charge of the Night Hydrant Truck and have responded to fires, I think the game of Russian Roulette should end now. If a Fire Hydrant is out of order in Andersonville (48th Ward) and a high rise is burning, who will get the Fire Hydrants working? What if the one and only Hydrant Truck serving the entire city is on the Chicago South West side? Let us put a stop to this madness. Call your alderman and the Unions to see what they say. That is as crazy as shutting down the fire stations to save money. Patrick McDonough Candidate for 48th Ward Alderman.