Hoffa Corruption Cover-Up

A Hoffa-appointed panel has found Hoffa’s Executive Assistant Willie Smith not guilty after Smith was caught taking Playboy Super Bowl Party tickets from Teamster employer Southern Wine & Spirits. Their miscarriage of justice will now go before Judge Barbara Jones for review. (Reprinted from Teamsters United)



It is undisputed that Smith took tickets provided by Southern Wine & Spirits to attend the “Playboy Party Presented by Crown Royal”—an event advertised as “the most exclusive party in town during New Orleans’ highly-anticipated Super Bowl weekend.”

It is illegal for union officials to solicit anything of value from an employer.

But on May 16, a three-person panel appointed by Hoffa cleared Smith of any wrongdoing.

Even Hoffa’s whitewash panel had to admit that Smith, “might have had some reason to suspect that the passes were obtained with the assistance of SWS.” But, they cleared Smith anyway, claiming he didn’t know that the $6,000 tickets had any value.

“This decision is an insult to the intelligence of every Teamster—and a betrayal of our union and the members,” said Fred Zuckerman. “If you go along with corruption and cover it up, you are just as guilty and the members will take you on and hold you accountable.”

The panel was made up of Tony Andrews, Marvin Kropp and Greg Nowak--the Presidents of the Portland, St. Louis, and Michigan Joint Councils.

Their ruling will now go to Judge Barbara Jones, the Independent Review Officer, who has the power to reject the findings.

The corruption case against Smith is documented, undeniable, and spelled out in black and white in a 24-page report by the Independent Investigations Officer. 

Anti-corruption investigators documented how International Union VP Rome Aloise sold out SWS Teamsters in Minnesota and then secured free tickets to a Playboy party from corporate executives.

After Local 792 members unanimously rejected a contract at SWS, Aloise took over negotiations at the company negotiator’s request and forced through a contract “for less than the employer had been prepared to pay.” (Page 7 of IRB charges against Rome Aloise).

Emails obtained by anti-corruption investigators documented the concessions-corruption connection. You can read them here.

The hearing on the corruption charges against Rome Aloise was held on March 17. Like Smith, his fate now rests in the hands of Judge Jones, the Independent Review Officer.

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  • commented 2017-08-24 20:33:24 -0400
    Teamsters are corrupt and will never change.they took our pension money every week for years and spent it as if it was theirs now that some of us can retire were told our pension fund is broke and we must take cuts.but i dont see none of these thieves taking any cuts or a decrease in the salary they are paid.they just keep giving themselves raises and bonuses.this union should have the pension fund controlled by the government.hoffa is to much of a thief.
  • commented 2017-08-24 12:30:47 -0400
    💰💵LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰

    So how much longer does the Fat
    CROOK get…,to leech off a IBT PAYROLL???
  • commented 2017-08-08 15:45:55 -0400
    💰💵LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰

    So how much longer does
    the fat CROOK get…,to leech
    Off a IBT PAYROLL??
  • commented 2017-07-23 14:33:56 -0400
    I hope Judge Jones rejects the ruling and finds him guilty. I’m tired of people like this getting away with this kind of stuff. Even those of us at http://www.temeculalandscaper.com/ can see that he is guilty.
  • commented 2017-07-15 19:36:06 -0400
    💵💰LAWYERS n LOVE💵💰

    So how much longer does this Fat
    Crook get…, to leech off a IBT PAYROLL???
  • commented 2017-05-31 15:46:33 -0400
    Find him guilty,letting thieves off has got to end
  • commented 2017-05-23 21:32:11 -0400
    $ Lawyers n LOVE $

    Greg Nowak was part of a 3 panel ..fact finder at L 631 December 2011 to
    determine if the local should go back into a trusteeship again after a " Brawl at the
    HALL", ensued when incumbents voted out of office (HOFFIA) refused to acknowledge
    the election results! Along with a stream of other complaints .
    2014’s election (631) also was marred by a sergeant at arms ( wearing incumbents campaign
    T-shirts !!) administered a group “beat down” to a member who the incumbents disagreed
    with politically! ! (Las Vegas Metro was called & responded to both advents)
    All this was protested to joint council #42 ( randy cammack’s office ) along with the IBT’s
    T.Shatz Hoffa’s chief investigator.
    Hoffa’s boy prevailed with 0 investigations. The Tradeshow craft has devloved into a Temp. Agency for all but the ’ Incrowd’ ! ( family/friends).
    The current principal officer’s wife
    works at Freeman Decorating Co. the nations biggest Tradeshow general contractor, although his previous Teamster employment was with UPS!!
  • published this page in News 2017-05-23 18:19:33 -0400
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