May 2, 2007: It’s been a bad week for top associates of James Hoffa: Billy Hogan, Hoffa’s one-time running mate, has been charged with criminal contempt. And Frank Gillen, recently elected IBT Vice President on the Hoffa ticket, was charged by the Independent Review Board (IRB) with lying under oath about his associations with a banned Teamster official.
Hogan has been charged with criminal contempt for violating his permanent ban from the Teamsters. He has been ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on May 21.
In 2002, Hogan was permanently barred from the Teamsters in 2002 for colluding with a nonunion employer to enter into a sweetheart contract that undercut trade show Teamsters in Las Vegas.
Despite his ban, Hogan has “continued to knowingly associate with various Union members and officers on at least 150 occasions” according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Hogan, the former head of Chicago Joint Council 25, was nominated to run for General Secretary Treasurer during Hoffa’s first bid for General President. He was removed from the slate after an embarrassing corruption scandal led to the trusteeship of his home local.
While Hogan answers to a federal judge, Frank Gillen is facing charges from the IRB for lying about his associations with Tommy Ryan, the banned former head Local 107, who was tossed out our union for embezzlement of union funds.
In addition to serving as Eastern Region Vice President, Gillen is the president of Philadelphia Joint Council 53.