Members Challenge Hoffa Takeover of Chicago Local 786

Members and officers in Chicago Local 786 are challenging Hoffa's takeover of their union. They say Hoffa's authorized trusteeship serves Hoffa power brokers in the Joint Council like Terry Hancock, and the former JC 25 President John Coli who has plead guilty to taking employer payoffs and is headed to jail. This summer, Joint Council offices were raided by FBI agents. An investigation is ongoing. 

08272019_mixer_ENRwebready_thumb.jpgHancock, who replaced Coli as the head of Joint Council 25, has been trying to take control of Local 786 for the past few years. Both Locals 731 and 786 represent Teamsters who work for ready mix companies in the construction industry. In 2018, Hancock tried to merge Local 786 into Local 731. His proposal was defeated by a vote of Local 786 members earlier this year. 

Hancock responded to that membership snub by initiating Internal union charges against the officers of Local 786, questioning the enforcement of construction contracts and their stewardship of pension contributions and the Local 786 Fund. Hoffa approved an investigation, hearing and ultimately imposed a trusteeship.

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  • Jay Boban
    commented 2019-09-19 23:59:06 -0400
    The fact that 786 is in trusteeship proves the thoughts that Chicagoland corruption with Joint Council 25 bleeds all thw way to Washington and Hoffa.
  • Jay Boban
    commented 2019-09-18 23:27:52 -0400
    Fabricated myths were presented against 786. We are all very curious what Hancock and Hoffa promised Locals 731, 179, 673 & 301 who told lies under oath. 786 is the best run Local in the Chicagoland area. Bring back our officers and put Joint Council 25 into receivership. We have the evidence to do so. Bring on the Federal investigators. I here Coli has extra room in his cell.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-09-18 12:26:20 -0400
    Hoffas politically & corruption motivated trusteeships, began at local #631 shortly after being gifted the IBT principle officer’s position.
    A harbinger of serial corruption !
    In spite of multiple complaints to the proper authorities it has raged on.
    One could surmise this acquiescence to compromised leaders is A-OK as long as concessionary contracts are forced on members.
  • Buster Carter
    commented 2019-09-14 10:29:50 -0400
    It a grab to try and take 786 pension because 731 pension is underfunded. The only thing missing from this robbery is a gun
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