Federal Judge Orders IBT to Turn Over Documents to Investigators

On December 27 Judge Loretta Preska ordered the Hoffa administration to turn over more than 32,000 documents because “they are necessary for the IIO to carry out its investigation of high-ranking IBT officials.”


The court order requires the IBT to turn over the documents within two weeks, and to not destroy any of them.

UPDATE: On January 10 the IBT turned over the documents to the Independent Investigations Officer (IIO), in compliance with Judge Preska's order.

The Independent Investigations Officer (IIO) first demanded the emails and documents on March 4, 2016 – nearly ten months ago. The Hoffa-Hall administration has spent that ten months deploying attorneys in various stalling tactics to obstruct the investigation.

Teamsters United filed a post-election protest on December 3, arguing that the extensive use of union resources in the long delay caused the charges against GST Ken Hall and Hoffa’s chief of staff Willie Smith to be delayed till after members mailed their ballots in the election.  The protest calls for a rerun of the IBT offices won by the Hoffa-Hall slate.  There is no protest filed against the six Teamsters United candidates who won IBT vice president positions in the Central and Southern Regions.

That protest also details numerous cases of employer support for Hoffa-Hall, employer intimidation of Teamsters United campaigners and violations by Teamsters officials.  The protest is pending at this time.

“Hoffa-Hall used dues money to obstruct corruption investigators and benefit their campaign. That alone justifies a rerun,” said Fred Zuckerman, as the protest was filed.

The IIO has pending charges against Ken Hall and Willie Smith, along with International vice president Rome Aloise and former Political Director Nicole Brener-Schmitz. The investigation is on-going. 

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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-10-01 13:49:05 -0400
    💰💵LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰

    A official..,Cabinet member HHS secretary is found to be frivoulsy using unnecessary & expensive private Air,paid by taxpayers.
    How long after this vetted is he in office
    getting a paycheck ?
    Contrast that with these undebatable charges these IBT officers are accused of !!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-01-18 12:23:52 -0500

    “Emails of a sensitive &highly personal nature”…

    At least the wives would THINKso
  • Lori Essig
    commented 2017-01-17 18:43:07 -0500
    " Within 2 weeks" and that was dec 27. Has this happened yet and if not; why not?
    What a bunch of greedy bums. Too bad we retirees are not eligible to vote.
  • kenneth gillock
    commented 2017-01-16 18:41:25 -0500
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-12-29 15:27:38 -0500
    |LAWYERS in LOVE |

    It absolutely is about time…how long has a right wing att. let Hoffa & company run amok?
    I know from national politics ACCOUNTABILITY is not a priority.,when a mandate becomes partisan politicized ..,the average Joe (member) is most often left twisting in the wind!
    When the IBT Treasury is open for the lawyers to wallow in unrestricted , like hogs feeding at the troth!
  • Sonny Acosta
    commented 2016-12-29 12:37:12 -0500
    Burn, Baby burn.
  • Sonny Acosta
    commented 2016-12-29 12:36:04 -0500
    Go to hell. Go straight to hell. Do not pass GO.
  • Joyce Lowe
    commented 2016-12-28 22:08:13 -0500
    It is about time
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