Hoffa Refuses to Hold Executive Board Meetings

Teamster members elected a full General Executive Board last November. Now Hoffa refuses to hold regular meetings claiming that “past practice” dictates that he’s not required to hold GEB meetings. This is in direct violation of the Teamster Constitution, which specifically requires that the Board meet once in every quarter.


When International Vice President John Palmer raised the issue and the direct violation of the Constitution, Hoffa said it was “past practice” not to hold meetings. Say what?

This is a blatant violation of the Teamster Constitution and of union democracy.   

Without meetings of the elected General Executive Board, Hoffa and his appointees are left alone to:

  • make organizing plans
  • decide how to handle on-going corruption investigations
  • make political endorsements and priorities

Without GEB meetings, the union policies and financial priorities set by Hoffa get no input or review by the elected leaders of our union.

The GEB met on August 9, but only for four hours including lunch. The only topic on the agenda was the pension crisis. That’s a critically important issue, but Hoffa put forward no motion and no policy was adopted. Another meeting is needed soon on this vital topic.

The meeting dealt with zero other business of the union. Hoffa has said the GEB will not meet again until December. That is unacceptable.  

The members in the Central and Southern Regions elected six Teamsters United vice presidents. Although they are clearly a minority on the GEB, Hoffa is still afraid to hold meetings with them.  

As a result, our elected International Union Vice Presidents are being put on the shelf.

The IBT Constitution at Article IX, Section 5, states “The General Executive Board shall hold quarterly meetings at such specific time and place as shall be determined by the General President.”

Hoffa and his appointees have no right to override the clear language of our Constitution and sideline the highest body of the union.

This may serve Hoffa’s political purposes, but it does not serve the will of the members.

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  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-18 19:41:28 -0400
    I am going to largely take Brother Bruce Swearingen’s advice and just ignore your ignorant nonsense on this one.

    BUT I did say largely;

    James Hoffa JR. was a corporate lawyer before he and others decided they would use his name, to reclaim the presidency of the IBT. Ken Paff was a teamster, briefly, but then focused on and led a reform rebellion in the union. He has stayed the course, and worked every day of his life toward a cause he believes in. I have been to Ken Paff’s home in Detroit. He and his wife Martha live modest life’s, but are both extremely happy.

  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-18 19:07:45 -0400
    Stephan Mohan
    Don’t waste your time with the oblivious Hoffa troll.
    His or is it her…posting lacks authority & verifiable facts, &are in constant conflict with his statements..the unsigned link he or her referenced states a SMALL
    group of dissidents..yet this SMALL group is making Ken Paff a millionaire?? WTF make up your mentally challenged mind!
    No TDU members are TEAMSTERS in good standing in locals all over this country..?
    I wouldn’t even know how to address him (her)..would it be brother sucks or sister sucks.?
    These trolls are butthurt after 18 years their leader only has scullduggery & continual interference from the government to show!!
    A pathetic fraud (HOFFA) ,whose whole career has been dependant on ‘standing on a dead mans legs’..(Hoffa Senior).. PITIFUL
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-18 19:00:13 -0400
    Any reason why they do all these things Stephan? MONEY!
    Stop being blind. TDU preys on the weak. Why hasn’t Paff run for office? Oh that’s right, hasn’t paid dues in 40 years but has zero issue using the Teamster brand to make a buck. It’s so comical. I only came here to expose the lie in this farce of a story. I’m sure I’ll be back since it’s rare that TDU ever reports the full truth of anything. Just like their finances.
    Btw, what’s the weekend convention going to cost you in October?
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-18 16:09:19 -0400
    TDU SUCKS must think we were all dropped on our heads as kids.
    He and Hoffa folk, just like him, like to talk about how the TDU is bad, because they do not disclose their finances correctly, in their opinion.

    Fact is, that’s not the real reason and anybody with any common sense can see that. The TDU educates members when local union hofficers would sooner keep the membership uneducated and not interested. The TDU points out corruption when Hoffa folk turn a blind eye to it. Do I need to go on?

    Any readers who are buying into TDU SUCKS rhetoric, please contact me, I have a very special offer on a bridge I am selling.
  • Ken Krebs
    commented 2017-08-18 15:42:44 -0400
    tarred and feathered and run out of office on a rail ,appropriate or what ?
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-18 15:40:18 -0400
    They haven’t turned up in the pages because they are not a union or are the truthful with their funding. Way easier to fleece the membership of their money. When Carey left office, so didn’t TDU’s golden goose.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-18 14:31:47 -0400
    Michael Cinelli
    I am not familiar with your situation. If Hoffa is involved or effecting policy., I bet it is rife with corruption & ‘fake ol tough guys’ enacting his agenda.
    You have my empathy..after a decade&1\2 of endless,spineless, self serving rationalizations from members of #631 tradeshow that I had considered friends( now associates) who sat idle while hoffa’s trustee disassembled our BARGAINING agreement, the only advice I have is if you need a friend get a 🐕 🐱 bird or goldfish (I had 10 dogs when I first sought relief with the IRB )lol .Most people are spineless , desperately seeking a savior or just too busy with their day to day lives to get involved until their world is suddenly upside down.
    The only words of advice
    I can quote is earlier century’s Edmund Burke the Theologins( not to be confused with hoffa’s trustee..same name ironically)
    “The only thing necessary for the triump of EVIL..is for good men to do nothing”..
    This my REAL name I could hide
    behind a keyboard alias .. like HOFFA BLOWS but don’t.
    Good luck..in TDU’s defense their names haven’t turned up in the scandal pages of the IBT magazine that are loaded with Hoffa cronies.
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-18 08:51:42 -0400
    I am quite capable of checking LM-2’s myself, and am fully aware of were the waste is in this union. However seen as you seem to want to be helpful and appear so knowledgeable and connected, perhaps you can help with something else.
    The forced merger of Local 584 took place on July 31st, 2014. Could you find out for me when the General Executive Board voted to approve the merger. A date, that’s it.
    Thanks Bud.
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-18 06:18:16 -0400
    So you’re going to sit there and say that TDU doesn’t require a local on average to pay around $30,000 a year that is filed on an LM2 as “Teamster Relief and Enducation Fund”? I mean surely they must have helped you financially since the whole point is Teamster Relief? The fact that they do so well at hiding their finances is a red flag and if you think you really know all, you’re kidding yourself.

    That being said, the rest of your rant seems to me like you’re mistaking an election swindle with a poorly run local union. Seems as Hoffa was being proactive to prevent a tragic event. But that can’t be right. That would go against the TDU agenda no wouldn’t it? But I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll look at the LM2’s for you while you keep donating money to Paff for nothing.
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-17 23:02:36 -0400
    I wasn’t at the GEB meeting, the content of which, started this discussion, and I, unlike Mike, hold the TDU and the work they do, in the highest regards. I have critiqued decisions they made in the past privately when I thought appropriate, but that is what democracy is supposed to be about. I have also questioned decisions made during meetings I attended.

    To be completely transparent, I sat on the TDU steering committee for two years. So I know exactly where their money comes from, and how much is involved, and it’s not a lot. Tiny in comparison to what revenue the IBT has at it’s disposal. Your comment about how much TDU local’s spend on the TDU, is just ridiculous compared to what Hoffa locals spend for the same services. The TDU provides everything a local needs, you name it and I mean everything.

    You want to talk about waste. I was a member of a Hoffa local for almost three years after I was forcibly merged into one. At every quarterly meeting we heard about how much money was spent on golf outings and black tie dinners. No waste there right? Money spent on organizing…$0! On education.. $0! You want me to go on!

    As to the crimes you mentioned in your post. I am not sure that I have evidence that amounts to a crime, but I think it is highly unethical! Perhaps, it is a crime, I will leave that to the IIO, and they were informed of the things I mention below. I did so personally and spoke to an investigator at least two times by phone.

    First of all I have a 22 minute recorded phone conversation with a trustee of Local 584, after the forcible merger of that local, into local 553, stating clearly the merger was about politics and not money. He also provided clear evidence of what the merger was all about. If the merger was about money, why would Hoffa’so personal representative discuss issues in the Teamsters Voice, or why was Sandy Pope’s name mentioned?

    Secondly, over three hundred people at a meeting, chaired by the Secretary-Treasury of Joint Council 16 following the forced merger of Local 584, heard that the local was broke! “IT HAD MORE BILLS THAN MONEY.” Exact words, from Demos Demopolous at that meeting. Then he accommodated the transfer of almost $128,000 of Local 584’s funds into his account! Nothing was done about that, but I notice subject titles in those those 33,000 emails have headings Local 584 or LU 584 depending on the email. What is IBT claiming on those; legal privilege or highly sensitive or personal nature? I suspect both probably.

    This is the icing on the cake for me. At a post election protest hearing, held at Joint Council 16’s office in NYC the election monitor hired by the local lied repeatedly under oath, with a court reporter present. I have requested a transcript and contacted IIO. A seasoned veteran of local union elections, tried to maintain repeatedly, that there was NO post office receipt from the Post Office where ballots were received. When I produced a letter from the United States Postal Office saying there was, and she had a copy, she simple would not respond to my questioning and that was apparently fine with Joint Council 16.

    Got a comment on that one?
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-17 21:22:13 -0400
    What I have to say is, simply, talk is cheap. Let the information come out. My biggest complaint is that TDU, and in this case yourself, try to create the narrative in situations of injustice merely by “bitching” about it. The fact is, that only irrefutable evidence is necessary in order to prove whatever injustice you’re trying to expose. My point of posting on here was in a response to a story that TDU claims of NOT holding meeting that were easily refuted. Will they recant? I highly doubt it. As I’m reading back, im not even sure how your posts are reflective of this story to begin with. Can you give me a hint as to what crimes have been committed against you and “Steve” just so we are on the same chapter?
  • Michael Cinelli
    commented 2017-08-17 20:42:57 -0400
    TDU sucks I
    You are missing the whole point moron. You are just a sheep
    I am as far from a tdu supporter as they come.
    HOFFA is as low as they come . Him and his low life price of shit joint coucel in New York city . Break the law and should be punished and if you think we have no proof you are sadly mistaken just wait and see . Not telling you who or what news organization is running with the story but I can tell you it 100 percent is not the fucking TDU they already dropped the ball like iio
    What do got to say about that
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-17 20:31:26 -0400
    Isolate you by not holding quarterly meeting yet instead holding 5 of them to this date? I see. So you don’t mind debating about Hoffa on a TDU website (don’t get me wrong there are others in his administration better suited for the job), yet you will not debate TDU decisions on their own website. Not very far now is it? Do you know how much money TDU makes from TDU locals, donations and the TDU convention?
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-17 20:22:37 -0400
    The letter you referenced in your original comment, talked about unity. It talked about those dividing our union. Really! Have you looked at the latest edition of the Teamsters magazine, you idiot! If you do not agree with Hoffa he wants to isolate you, and from personal experience, will do all he can to run you out off the union.

    Hoffa’s representative in NYC, said at the IBT convention that international elections were a waste of money. Only a small group of dissidents wanted change! How did that work out? It is not my intention to argue with you over ever decision the TDU makes, but it you wish to have further discuss about what a worthless piece shit Hoffa is and how corrupt his administration is, I am in.

    Let’s go!
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-17 19:47:21 -0400
    What amazes me is that even supplied with factual information that includes dates, you would still negate the information. Simply put, TDU goes above and beyond to swindle the naive and weak. keep buying in, they are only after your cash.
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-17 18:57:12 -0400
    Hey TDU SUCKS,

    HOFFA or whoever wrote this letter, is so full of it. It’s funny how they can write a letter about this, but fail to respond to appeals addressed to the General Executive Board by members, and fail to address corruption by their supporters.

    They are accusing others of lying……if that isn’the the pot calling the kettle black, I do not know what is. But, I can tell you one thing TDU SUCKS when the IIO and US Attorneys Office finally get their fingers out of their asses, we are all going to know who the liars are. My feeling is many of those liars are going to end up in bracelets.

    Please come back me, if you have the balls that is? The Hoffa guys here in New York have none. They all squat when they piss, especially the tough guy’s Hoffa picks to push through unwanted mergers!

    I am waiting, tough guy!
  • Michael Cinelli
    commented 2017-08-17 18:18:47 -0400
    Are you familiar with our situation.
    Because we were left out to dry with no backing and no support . We were told we did not do enough. We told the tdu about the election monitor lying at a joint coucel hearing. They did nothing
    We been asking for a copy of the post office receipt for over a year . No help.
    Waiting for your response
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-17 17:00:47 -0400
  • Tdu Suck
    commented 2017-08-17 16:56:50 -0400
    I expect a retraction from you TDU embezzlement group of labor segregation hookers.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-17 15:46:31 -0400
    Stephan Mohan
    I have been counting on the ei ei yo to be following these posts & openly CHALLENGE him to make a case for the unjustifiable length of time in these HOFFA specific cases!!
    Also the Laissez Faire investigation & response to my OPUS TOME of complaints at IBT local #631 TRADESHOW dating back to Honorable Edwin Stiers
    Vacating in defeat by Hoffa & his criminal associates who are very interlinked to TRADESHOW MALFEASANCE in ALL the locals that bargain for the craft.
    You cannot underestimate my patience in desiring a Scintilla of response & action from this POLITICIZED process.
    Who has been on the ‘steering committee’ for IBT reform ..Karl Rove ( not that farfetched)!!

    You know my name for obvious reasons ! How about a sensible discipherable response rather
    than a insulting string of legalese that resembles a word salad toss between Sarah Palin & Gary Busey.
    Balls in your court,
  • Stephen Mohan
    commented 2017-08-15 21:10:37 -0400
    I think sometimes diplomacy and simply, waiting for things to come about, is the best way to go Mike. I can understand your frustration. The nonsense and corruption we have seen, and the slowness of the process is hard to stomach. Why is Rome Aloise still receiving a salary? Still being paid by the membership? The IIO does not have enough evidence? Definitely strange to me, that one. My feeling is, I think the membership who pay this guy’s salery should know why there is such a delay. We the membership, to my knowledge, are also paying the salaries of those supposedly investigating these violations. In the case of Aloise, the guy he was aleged to be in bed with, basically made a deal and admitted guilt, but the IIO does not have enough to deliver quick and satisfactory justice for the membership. I know they read this page perhaps they want to come on here and tell us why we are still paying this loser and the other one Smith?
  • Michael Cinelli
    commented 2017-08-15 19:02:29 -0400
    This has been going on far to long
    The TDU needs to get off there asses and start doing something .
    Stop sitting on the side and get you asses on the front lines like me and Steve.
    You know we still have never given up the fight even with no help from you or anyone
  • Angie Rippy
    commented 2017-08-15 09:10:58 -0400
    You need to follow the criteria you were elected to conduct. If unable or unwilling to fulfill your duties, you should resign!
  • Jeff Yeager
    commented 2017-08-15 07:38:00 -0400
    We need to get Hoffa removed while we still have a union
  • Mike Omalley
    commented 2017-08-14 22:59:11 -0400
    Mr Hoffa, what the heck do you think your doing to this Union by doing this? The only results I have seen happening in the past 25 yrs is the elected officials lining there pockets at the expense of the members of this great Union that so many people put there families lives on the line for!!!! When are you gentlemen going to start representing the men and women of this Union by doing your job? I am not sure who you men are working for the members or the company’s? Please start doing your jobs as alot of people depend on you . Thank you.
  • Jeffrey Noe
    commented 2017-08-14 21:36:39 -0400
    I wonder how Long itvwould take for a GEB meetingbto be held if everyone decided to stop paying union dues which in turn pays his salary. If he cant follow the IBT constitution and represent the millions that pay his salary, then maybe Hoffal needs to step down.
  • Adam Suzich
    commented 2017-08-14 19:35:03 -0400
    I am so sick of this piece of shit Hoffa who only has his job because of his last name!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-14 18:18:06 -0400
    💰💰 LAWYERS n LOVE💰💰
    💰💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💰💰 “The LUCRATIVE FAMILY PLAN”.,

    Nepotism laws need to be revived & persued..all these multiple families that ‘own’ the IBT..,
    specifically Chicago’s rein of abuse is responsible for the decline in the IBT !!
    What contract has ’HOFFA’S IBT produced gains or even maintained decent standards for the members?? HOFFA a name to live in labor INFAMY
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