Hoffa Strikes out on Corruption Once Again

James Hoffa has done it again. Today, Hoffa rubber-stamped another whitewash of the corruption charges against Willie Smith for accepting $6,000 worth of gifts from a Teamster employer. The case will now go to the Independent Review Officer (IRO), Judge Barbara Jones. 


So now a real judge will hold a hearing and issue a verdict. There is no specified timeline for her decision.

For now, Smith remains Hoffa’s Executive Assistant, but his influence has been greatly diminished. Since the election, Hoffa has concentrated decision-making among a small group of political operatives and appointees, including Todd Thompson and Christy Bailey.

Ken Hall has been pushed to the side. Another former key Hoffa advisor, John Coli, is under indictment.

Smith was charged with corruption for receiving six tickets to an exclusive Playboy Party at the 2013 Super Bowl from Southern Wine & Spirits.

Smith obtained the tickets, which sold online for $1,000 each, with the help of Rome Aloise, who requested them from SWS executives during contract negotiations.

It is illegal for a union official to accept gifts from employers. The 12 pages of legalese issued by Hoffa and an appointed hearing panel of Joint Council presidents Greg Nowak, Marvin Kropp, and Tony Andrew amounts to lipstick on a pig.

Hoffa’s decision makes the incredible claim that Smith just didn’t know what was going on.  Judge Jones will take up that claim. She is also working on her decision regarding the corruption charges against Rome Aloise, a Hoffa Vice President in the West.

Interestingly, the Hoffa panel’s ruling throws Aloise under the bus. It emphasizes that it was Aloise, not Smith, who approached a Teamster employer for the valuable gifts.

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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-01-03 20:05:22 -0500
    Soon we shall see the ‘Real JUDGESRESOLVE ..tested by the HOFFA house of thugs, street punks., petty criminals., retread gangsters & a few sex offenders thrown in to round out the dirtpile !!

  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-08 17:44:45 -0500
    HOFFA A name to live in labor INFAMY
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2017-11-01 01:29:16 -0400
    Hoffa your a discrase to the union.your a thief and why your not in prison is the same as clinton she committed all these felonies and she still walks free.im ashamed to even mention i have ties to the teamsters.one day you will pay for all the money you stole from the working people.your nothing but shit.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-09-26 13:42:17 -0400
    💰💵 LAWYERS n LOVE 💵💰

    Should we start marking our calendars for anniversaries of
    Skullduggery & malfeasance?
    We’re talking about Superbowl 2013 tickets & a elitist after game
    The SWS liquors labor agreement may have already expired!!
    Their really isn’t much sense of urgency..when it’s the worker livelihoods being trampled!!
    This highlights the double standard we are at!!
    Elitist have’ access’ to LAWYERS so they enjoy salaries YEARS after the corporation would have close the door on their careers!!
    It’s that ACCESS capabilitiy…just like in HEALTHCARE.
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2017-09-12 02:22:18 -0400
    Hoffa belongs in prison.and he should be made to pay back the pension fund for taking money that wasnt his and he should loose his pension.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-09-10 10:31:13 -0400
    💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💰LAWYERS n LOVE💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💰
    So..how long will fat Willie & R A Loser continue to drain multiple salaries from the IBT ?
    Will it be SEVERAL MORE MONTHS..,Another YEAR??
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2017-08-26 19:12:36 -0400
    Hey hoffa fuck you you fucking thief.you belong in prison.letting people go that have been caught in corruption.i hope the government takes control of the teamsters.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-26 18:16:04 -0400
    💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💰 💰LAWYERS n LOVE💰 💵💵💵💵💵💵💰
    So ..how long will fat Willie & R .A Loser continue to drain multiple salaries from the IBT?
    Will it be ANOTHER 2 WEEKS,months..,another YEAR!!!!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-08-12 15:31:37 -0400
    💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💰 💰LAWYERS n LOVE💰 💰💵💵💵💵💵💵💰

    So…how long will fat Willie & R. A loser continue to drain multiple salaries from the IBT ?
    Will it be weeks ,months..,another year !!!
  • Michael Cinelli
    commented 2017-07-26 14:33:32 -0400
    This has been one shit show after another .
    I smell more bullshit
    Nobody even asks about the emails .
    When are we getting justice .
    This is more bullshit
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2017-07-26 12:12:57 -0400
    Once again you can smell the corruption stink this piece of shit Hoffa eminates.our pensions are being cut because of this thief,and ones that are caught bring dishonest he let’s them go free.this crook needs to be replaced,and all cuts should be stopped untill the government can investigate where all of our money has gone,over the course of our working years there is no way our money should not be there.
  • Richard Dorrough
    commented 2017-07-26 08:44:38 -0400
    Judge Judy a real Judge???!!!Stop please.Have a look at her work running duck and cover for the Carpenters Union in NYC under their consent decree. Ask her what she did when a hack lawyer ,James Murphy from Spivak and Lipton, told the consent Judge that the NLRB can go to hell and that he and Judge Judys employer we’re going to ignore the orders and ruling of the NLRB law judge.
  • Ken Krebs
    commented 2017-07-25 14:14:40 -0400
    Hopefully crooked Coli will get prison time ,which is what he and his corrupt thieving buddies deserve.L. M. A. O. FLAME OUT JOHNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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