Election Appeals Judge Says No to Rerun

The Election Appeals Master issued a ruling today denying members a rerun of the International Union election. Judge Kathleen Roberts declined to overrule the Election Supervisor, saying he could only be overturned for “abuse of discretion” and that the appeal did not meet this high standard. (Reprinted from Teamsters United)


Teamsters United argued that the Hoffa administration delayed corruption proceedings against IBT Vice President Rome Aloise and others to avoid damage to Hoffa-Hall’s reelection campaign. After many delays, Aloise was finally found guilty last week. He will likely be removed from office and expelled from the union.

The Hoffa administration argued that they stonewalled Aloise’s hearing and other corruption investigations to advance the union’s interests and not to help Hoffa-Hall candidates.

The following facts are all undisputed:

  • After Hoffa-Hall slate member Rome Aloise was charged with corruption in February of 2016, the Hoffa-Hall administration began spending millions in members’ dues to delay Rome Aloise’s hearing on corruption charges and to stonewall corruption investigators’ requests for IBT emails and documents.
  • Hoffa’s attorneys, in emails among themselves, agreed that Aloise would almost certainly be “convicted and probably in pretty short order” of corruption charges by the Independent Review Officer [Page 11].  Hoffa nominated Aloise as his running mate anyway.  
  • Outside attorneys hired by the Hoffa administration openly talked about “eating up the clock” on the Aloise charges “to get past the election season” [Page 16].

Despite these facts, Election Supervisor Richard Mark ruled that, “The IBT’s decisions on these matters did not have the purpose or object of influencing the election of any candidate on the Hoffa-Hall 2016 slate or of Aloise in particular.”

Teamsters United, TDU and Tim Sylvester appealed. But Judge Roberts upheld the Election Supervisor’s ruling saying that his determinations “are entitled to deference and may be overturned only for abuse of discretion.” Teamsters United is reviewing the decision. 

"The Teamsters United coalition is moving forward. We are uniting members to fight contract givebacks and benefit cuts, defeat corruption, and rebuild Teamster power," said Fred Zuckerman. 

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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-12 09:39:37 -0500
    “Abuse of discretion”…with the members hard EARNED $$
    I think the good judge failed to complete the sentence !!!!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-08 15:10:22 -0500
    “Eating up the ⏰”

    The essence & summation of
    Hoffa’s term in office.!!

  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-03 21:05:29 -0400
    💰💵LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰

    Remember how fast Ron Carey was “thrown under the bus”..
    Slam bamb in short order,he was a hubcap rolling down the street.
    Sure highlights the double standards & duplicity of This gang of ‘’ political operatives ’ posing as IBT reformers.According to whose
    If your a weak fraud of a leader GOLFING & Partying with the corporations, you will get a ’25 & out’ career with LAWYERS filing for carpal tunnel disability from Morse code winking back & forth.
    “You can’t make the S—t up”

    💰💵LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-02 19:29:00 -0400
    Such a rubber stamp failure for the criminal HOFFA regime !!
    With all the serial campaign\election violations every election.., why even bother to pay for this !!
    “To ensure a enviroment where a culture of Democracy can evolve”
    What a F- ing joke !!!
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