I worked at NALC HQ for 13 years. I loved my job, and I was good at it. I lost my job because I spoke the truth when I told NALC’s membership that NALC’s national officers were making under-the-table payments to themselves.
Over the past 23 years I’ve been speaking the truth to federal courts about the under-the-table payments. The courts have found everything I’ve said about the payments to be true. The courts have also found that NALC’s national officers lied to the membership about the payments in statements made at national conventions.
On the NALC Truth Page I post the truth. If you want to see evidence that supports a post, just ask.
Not everything posted on the NALC Truth Page is true. That’s because several Rolando/Renfroe trolls/surrogates have taken up residence and they liberally spread disinformation. Included among the trolls are Horace A Lewis, Kenny Montgomery, and Andrew Petersen.
While I hold to the truth, the trolls favor dishonesty. They seem to have been coached by NALC’s attorneys in the law of defamation. I won a defamation judgment against ex-NALC president Bill Young in January when a Maryland jury found that Young had intentionally lied about me in a campaign video he posted on YouTube in support of Fred Rolando’s re-election bid in 2014. To avoid getting nailed the way Young was, Lewis, Montgomery, and Petersen shy away from making direct statements, and concentrate on asking questions that imply, rather than express. Rather than argue facts, they are content to smear. Watch them in action. You’ll be amused.
My suit about the under-the-table payments is heating up. Briefs will be filed soon, and a decision will come within a couple of months after that. I will be posting the briefs and the decision on the NALC Truth Page — Exhibits.
While the action heats up, the Rolando/Renfroe troll team will likely repeat a lie they’ve been circulating for 23 years: They will say that I cost the union millions of dollars in legal fees by bringing my suit. That’s false.
When I filed my lawsuit in 1994 I named 13 officers as defendants. Under the law, and under NALC’s constitution, officers may not use union funds or union lawyers to defend themselves in suits alleging breach of trust. The 13 officers retained the services of four lawyers from the firm of O’Donghue & O’Donghue. The first action those lawyers took was to file a motion asking the court to order me to add NALC as a defendant. In my opposition to the motion I argued that the union was not an appropriate defendant in a suit charging officers with financial wrong-doing.
The court granted the motion and ordered me to sue the union, too. That brought NALC’s pricey lawyers into the case and has made them rich defending the right of NALC’s officers to make secret payments to themselves. It is true, therefore, that the suit has cost millions, but not because of anything I did. The responsibility for saddling the membership with the cost of their defense rests on the officers (including Bill Young) who requested the court to order me to add NALC as a defendant. I’m not to blame. –David Noble
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