Local Union Reform

Jury Finds Ex-Officials Guilty of Stealing Elections

May 22, 2009: Ex-officials of Chicago Local 743 may go to jail for a scheme to steal local union elections.

A Chicago jury has found former Local 743 President Richard Lopez and two other ex-officials guilty of a scheme to steal Local 743 elections. Three other officials already pled guilty.

BNA Daily Labor Report: Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Officials of Stolen Elections

May 5, 2009: A federal jury May 1 in Chicago handed down guilty verdicts against the former president of International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 743 and two former officers charged with labor fraud and theft in connection with a union election rigging scheme (United States v. Lopez, N.D. Ill., No. 07-580, jury verdict 5/1/09).

Getting a Fair Union Election

April 10, 2009: Most Teamster local union elections are run honestly—but if you’re running for local union office, you need to police your election to make sure it is fair.

Chicago Election Rigged, Jury Told

April 8, 2009: Two former union officers and an organizer for Teamsters Local 743 rigged a union election in 2004 by diverting secret ballots to family members and friends who weren't authorized to vote, a federal prosecutor told a jury today as their trial began.

Teamster Movers Petition for a Strong Contract

March 11, 2009: More than 80 members packed the house at New York Local 814 on Monday. They were there to discuss proposed changes that would help New York movers win a strong contract.

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