Ohio Corruption Investigation Continues

It has been six weeks since the Independent Review Board (IRB) issued a blistering report which recommended that Cleveland Local 400 be placed in trusteeship, but once again the Hoffa administration has so far done nothing about corruption in Ohio. 

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The report details that the officers of the Local Union:

  • Abolished the members’ pension plan, then failed to make required payments on the withdrawal liability to the fund.
  • Submitted inaccurate LM-2 financial reports and trustee reports.
  • Spent money on gifts and grants while the union was deeply in debt.
  • Approved a resolution entitling Cimino to 30 weeks of vacation, upon his retirement.

The worst finding was that General Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall knew all this, and did nothing.  The report states that “The auditor recommended that the IBT monitor the local’s financial situation” due to the improprieties. But “no evidence was found that the General Secretary Treasurer’s office did so, or determined whether the local had done as the auditor instructed.”

Local 400 is headed by Ohio Conference Secretary Treasurer Charles Cimino, who is retired but still holding office in violation of the IBT Constitution. Cimino was already implicated in the earlier IRB report which reads like a how-to manual on abusing the members’ money and trust for golf outings and extra salaries. The Hoffa-Hall administration had been told of the problems there for years, and did nothing.

That earlier IBT report led to Ohio Conference President Bill Lichtenwald, a personal friend of James Hoffa, being forced out as a Central States Trustee, and the Ohio Conference being placed into trusteeship.

Investigations in Ohio are on-going.


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  • followed this page 2016-10-25 11:25:33 -0400
  • commented 2016-01-17 08:18:08 -0500
    David, thing like that do make you wonder? I worked out of Local 407 in Cleveland and Local 24 in Akron Ohio as a city driver. Companies in both locals drivers delivered freight as far as Sandusky Ohio on a daily basis. Lorain Ohio had it own Teamsters Local 571, and I have seen that Local 20 also represents people working out of companies in Local 571’s area?
  • commented 2016-01-14 00:08:52 -0500
    I know one of these guys in the picture above his name is Tom K. don’t even want to mention the other guy who needs him. Hello Tom been along time since Orlando peace brother ROFL
  • commented 2016-01-09 20:41:44 -0500
    I was a member of Lichtenwald’s Local 20, which is in Toledo, Ohio from 2005-2013.. However, me and the members I worked with, worked out of a warehouse located in Franklin, MA. We made deliveries in the New England states and were home every night. We all lived in Mass. and Rhode Island. We never met our BA. Our contract meetings and votes were done by conference call, in violation of the IBT Constitution. We wrote certified letters to Hoffa, Jr. telling him we had no representation, the contract was violated, grievances, not processed, and that we could not participate in our local union, because we lived and worked 600 miles from Toledo. What did Hoffa do? Nothing, we never heard from him. We also met with Boston Local 25 President Sean O’Brien. The warehouse guys who picked our orders were in Local 25. O’Brien initially told us he would bring this to Hoffa’a attention, asked us to write another letter summarizing the problem, and that he wanted to get us transferred in to Local 25. But what did O’Brien do? Nothing, we never heard back from him. I even stopped by Local 20 to meet my BA and Lichtenwald when my son and I were driving back from Chicago on a quick vacation to see relatives there. It was a Friday afternoon around 2:00PM, but the only person there was the security guard. I left a note for Lichtenwald that I stopped by. What did he do? Nothing, I never heard from him. Not long after that I got fired on a bullshit rules violation (I was sparing for New Penn on a day I was laid off). The writing was on the wall, and I settled my grievance for some pay with H&W and Pension benefits, and got lucky enough to make the list at New Penn a couple of months before the Teamsters Local 251 United Action Slate swept the Local 251 elections. Hoffa, Jr. Lichtenwald, O’Brien, they all must go! Vote them out! Vote TEAMSTERS UNITED!
    Dave Robbins, Teamsters Local 251
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