SON TO TAKE THE RAP WHILE HE WALKED TO HIS CAR. NOW, GHOST WORKERS. THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION IS SEIZING CONTROL OF ITS TAMPA BRANCH BECAUSE OF A CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION. UNION LOCAL 1402 IS THE FOCUS OF A UNION INVESTIGATION AND A FEDERAL PROBE. THE TROUBLE CENTERS AROUND A LEGEND GHOST WORKERS WHO GET PAID FOR THOUSANDS OF HOURS OF LABOR WITHOUT SHOWING UP. MARK DOUGLAS BROKE THE STORY AND HE JOINS US WITH MORE ON THIS TRUSTEE TAKEOVER. THE APPOINTMENT OF THE UNION TRUSTEE IS A BIG DEAL YOU ARE IN NEED — A DIRECT MEETING WE WERE AT LAST WEEK TOP UNION LEADERS HEARD AN EARFUL ABOUT THE GHOST WORKER PROBLEM IN TAMPA AND A LOCAL PENSION FUND THAT IS PERPETUALLY POOR. THE BIGGEST SHAKEUP IN YEARS HITTING TAMPA LONGSHOREMEN’S 1402 BUT LONGTIME UNION BOSS JAMES HAROLD DOES NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT. CAN YOU COME TO THE DOOR PLEASE? WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT OF A TRUSTEE. ONE WEEK AFTER A CLOSED-DOOR HEARING TOP EXECUTIVES WITH THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S ASSOCIATION HAVE APPOINTED THE GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT TO ACT AS A TRUSTEE, IN THAT ROLE HE WILL OVERSEE ALL UNION BUSINESS CONDUCTED BY HAROLD AND HIS LOCAL VICE PRESIDENT THE TRUSTEE HAPPENS TO BE THE SAME EXECUTIVE WHO RAN THE HEARING LAST WEEK. NO COMMENT AT THIS TIME. HE REPORTEDLY HEARD HOURS OF TESTIMONY ABOUT LEGEND GHOST WORKERS THOSE ARE DOCKWORKERS NO ONE HAS SEEN OR HEARD OF WHO COLLECT PAYCHECKS AFTER CLOCKING IN THOUSANDS OF HOURS AT PORT TAMPA BAY WHICH MEANS REAL WORKERS LOSE WORK AND BENEFITS AND THEY ARE FURIOUS. IT IS A SHAME. HAROLD TOLD US HE HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT DESPITE THE ALLEGATIONS OF GHOST WORKER FRAUD SWIRLING AROUND HIS UNION. DO YOU THINK YOU WILL KEEP YOUR JOB AFTER ALL OF THIS? SPOKESMAN JIM McNAMARA TELLS ME THERE COULD BE MORE STEPS COMING SUCH AS A CALL FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE TAMPA LOCAL BUT FOR THE MOMENT THE TWO REMAIN AS ELECTED LOCAL OFFICERS UNDER THE TRUSTEESHIP OF THE INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN’S UNION. MEANWHILE A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF THE SAME ISSUES IS ONGOING. TWO TIMECARD INVESTIGATIONS TONIGHT.