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Local Union Reform
October 31, 2013: The 5,000 Teamsters of Rhode Island today elected a new team of officers to lead their local forward, in a major reform win.
Teamsters president James Hoffa will file charges against Boston-based Local 25 president Sean O'Brien for allegedly threatening to punish backers of rivals running against his allies in a Rhode Island union election.
New England’s top Teamsters union leader faces penalties that could range from a reprimand to permanent expulsion for allegedly threatening to punish supporters of rivals to his union allies in a Rhode Island union local election.
New England's most powerful Teamsters leader is facing a likely suspension from his post after an independent oversight board accused him of threatening to retaliate against union members running against his preferred candidates in a hotly contested union election in Rhode Island.
The highest ranking Teamsters official in New England is facing possible disciplinary action for comments he made at a union election rally in Rhode Island.
UPDATED Oct. 23, 2013: Watch the video—International Vice President Sean O'Brien has been charged by the Independent Review Board (IRB) for threatening to "punish" members for running for local union office in Rhode Island Local 251.
Barely a year into a 15-year deal, a union representing more than 12,000 government employees in the Chicago area broke the lease on its headquarters in Des Plaines and moved to new quarters in Park Ridge.
August 9, 2013: Teamsters in Providence, R.I. have been building a movement for change in Local 251. Now they are running for office as the United Action Slate.
Brad Slawson Jr, who was expelled, along with his father, from the Teamsters Union in Apirl 2013 for embezzling from the members, has now been busted for poaching wildlife. Slawson paid an $18,000 fine for illegally hunting deer for a period of years, according to this news report.