Ex-labor union trustee pleads guilty to bribery BALTIMORE CITY

December 09, 1992|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Staff Writer

A former union trustee pleaded guilty yesterday to illegally accepting money from the operator of a janitorial company in a scheme that cheated workers at the Social Security Administration of $86,582 in wages and benefits.

Edward Glenn Jr., 50, of Washington, admitted his guilt in U.S. District Court in Baltimore after signing a plea bargain agreement with federal prosecutors. His sentencing was set for March 1.

Glenn told Chief Judge Walter E. Black Jr. that he illegally accepted a $2,500 check from William A. Zei, the owner of Zenith Building Services Inc. The Zenith firm, which has offices in Baltimore and Ellicott City, supplied janitorial employees to Social Security's Metro West complex downtown.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Semel said in court that Glenn compromised his trust by accepting money in exchange for failing to ensure that Zei properly paid the employees.

At the time of the violation, Glenn was a Laborer's International Union of North America trustee representing 100 Zenith employees at the Metro West complex. He was responsible for ensuring that workers received the correct amount of pay and benefits, the prosecutor said.

Zei was required under a contract with the U.S. Labor Department to contribute money to health and welfare and pension plans for his employees. He also was to increase his employees' pay from $6.50 to $7.50 an hour on July 1, 1991.

However, Mr. Semel said, Zei paid Glenn $6,500 over a four-month period in exchange for not enforcing those provisions of the contract. The illegal practice cheated employees of $86,582 in wages and benefits .

Glenn was fired by the labor union after the Labor Department launched its investigation last year. Prosecutors will ask the judge to impose a $6,500 fine against him at sentencing.

Zei has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge and will be sentenced Feb. 2.

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