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.
Chicago Trench and Shoring Scandal
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.
Chicago Inspector General "Investigation"
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.
Chicago Water Department Safety First Campaign
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.
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