October 19, 2012: The 6,000 members of Los Angeles Local 630 have spoken loud and clear in rejecting Hoffa's appointed Trustee of the local, Randy Korgan, as well as candidates supported by the corrupt former local officers.
Will Hoffa let the membership vote stand, or will he pull a "do-over" even though his appointee, Korgan, ran the election. This undemocratic tactic has been used by Hoffa before.
Korgan, a close associate of International Vice President Randy Cammack of Local 63, was appointed Trustee to come in and run Local 630 when it was put in trusteeship in 2011. Korgan is known more for his threats than respect for members.
Another slate was backed by former Local 630 leader Paul Kenny, who was bounced from office in 2011 after the Independent Review Board (IRB) caught him embezzling $1,000 a week by spending the members' money at fancy bars. That slate finished third.
The winning candidate was Ernie Lopez, on a slate headed by two business agents and rank and file members of Local 630.
The members of Local 630—mostly grocery warehouse workers—deserve a new day. For years they have endured heavy-handed leaders who thought they owned the union. Kenny even testified that the former head of the local signed it over to him, from his deathbed, like personal property.
The Hoffa administration knew about the embezzlement, as proved by letters from International Auditors detailing it. But Hoffa tolerated it. TDU reported on that, click here to read it.
The hard-working members of Local 630 deserve help and support from the International union, not yet another slap in the face.