UPDATED: Rome Aloise, Hoffa’s Main Man in the West, Charged by IRB

Rome Aloise, International Vice President and the most powerful Hoffa-Slate official in the West, has been slapped with charges for massive corruption violations. His career as a Teamster official and Hoffa Slate power broker is likely over.


Aloise holds multiple union positions and Hoffa administration appointments, including International Union Vice President, head of Northern California Joint Council 7, Local 853 and the IBT Food Processing and Dairy Divisions.

The charges against Aloise were issued in a blistering report by the Independent Review Board, an independent anti-corruption panel.

The charges are wide-ranging and involve almost every conceivable labor crime, including:

  • racketeering
  • requesting things of value from employers during negotiations
  • taking employers gifts, including admissions to Playboy’s Super Bowl Party for Hoffa’s Executive assistant and his friends
  • trying to leverage jobs for his relatives from employers, including UPS, Costco and others during labor negotiations
  • negotiating a sham collective bargaining agreement
  • using union resources to punish political opponents and prevent a fair Teamster election

On February 23, Hoffa filed the IRB-recommended charges against Aloise. A panel of the General Executive Board will hold a hearing. The timeline for them to hold a hearing and report their decision to the Disciplinary Officers is 90 days. Thus, by May, this matter should be in the hands of the Disciplinary Officers (the former IRB members) for review and a decision. 

The charges are very likely to end Aloise’s career. We expect Hoffa to dump him from his slate, and soon Teamster officials in California, who have been kissing his ring, will fail to return his calls.

Aloise made $346,722 in salaries and allowances in 2014. He can retire with multiple pensions and a million dollar lump sum. But he tried to get even more for himself and his friends under the table. Consider these details from the IRB report:

  • In contract negotiations, Aloise used union negotiating leverage to try to land jobs for difficult-to-employ relatives from Teamster employers like UPS, Costco, a bus manufacturer, and SWS (the largest liquor distributor in the United States). He repeatedly pressed employers, with open contracts, to hire his step-son who had criminal charges filed against him for assault, robbery and displaying a weapon.

  • Aloise solicited tickets from SWS to the Playboy SuperBowl Party of 2013 worth $9,600 for Hoffa’s executive assistant, W. C. Smith. At the same time he helped SWS “keep a troublesome local official in line with the company’s expectations”, causing Minneapolis Local 792 to get a lesser contract. Aloise later reported to the employer attorney that “Hoffa’s Ex Asst and his friends loved it!” 

  • Aloise financed and orchestrated a coordinated, illegal attack on members who dared to run for office in Stockton Local 601 against incumbent Ashley Alvarado, an Aloise ally. The IRB report details how Aloise used union resources and employer resources and involved Beeson, a Teamster law firm, as well as Hoffa’s hatchet man Richard Leebove to deny the rights of rank-and-file members. Aloise even bragged to the IRB about advising Alvarado to illegally issue leaflets falsely signed by one opponent attacking another opponent, saying, “That’s my political advice!” The IRB report cites his documented history of trampling on the rights of members who run for union office against his cronies.

  • Aloise signed a sham union contract to get union health benefits for a friend, who owned an investment firm. 

It’s sad that our union leadership tolerates and promotes people like Aloise, who degrade the integrity of our great union. If Hoffa was not aware of one of his top lieutenant’s criminal activities, he should have been.

We need new International Union leaders who will root out corruption, not reward it.

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  • commented 2016-03-30 23:58:27 -0400
    8×4 concrete cell , naked bulb24he lighting,poop bucket on floor next to a narrow cot.
    THE Teamsters officers retirement plan for corrupt officers!
  • commented 2016-03-19 07:57:11 -0400
    I agree if we loose or take a cut in our pensions then they should take the same cut we have to.they dont work anywhere near like we did to get a pension that is now being taken away.let them take a 60 percent cut in thier pay or pensions and see how they like it.and why are they making more money than we did who had to pay into the union.
  • commented 2016-03-10 21:40:57 -0500
    You actually think its ok for our reps to use our money for thier own wishes.
  • commented 2016-03-10 20:32:19 -0500
    James O and Tom D you guys should get together and start your own comedy club or troll club you guys are JOKESTERS atleast you be out of here, but on second thought you guys are a good laugh so stick around, but rember no one here takes you guys serious. ENJOY
  • commented 2016-03-09 15:40:33 -0500
    No, don’t support them at all. My dues goes to St. Jude Children’s Hosp in Memphis TN. Under provisions of Law.
  • commented 2016-03-09 11:15:52 -0500
    James Oneil I assume you are including yourself in the insults your throwing around.
  • commented 2016-03-08 23:58:04 -0500
    Keep supporting the crooked teamsters. Keep paying dues. You guys are clueless. they have been ripping you off for decades. Check your local’s LM2. They all make 6 figures on your dues. LEMMINGS UNITE !

    No one can take advantage of you without your permission.
  • commented 2016-03-08 23:37:45 -0500
    I get a measley 1000.00$ a month no health benefits no cost of living and this thief makes 350 thousand a year plus benefits a million dollars lump sum and a retirement. I know i worked hard for 20 years at ups in those trucks that were ovens no heat in winter no defrosters.150 lb weight limit and now im either going to loose or take a big cut while thieves like that rat bastard gets all that from our hard work.hope he goes to prison and anyone else who is stealing.i agree hoffa has to go he has done nothing to protect our pensions that we worked for.
  • commented 2016-03-08 19:41:11 -0500
    When 8 out 10 rank & file don’t vote it will never change…I will never understand why a dues $$$ paying teamster gets a ballot put on your kitchen table return paid postage doesn’t vote !
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  • commented 2016-02-29 17:51:49 -0500
    Get rid of the son of a bitch and take away his pension.crooks like this is what took our pensions away.rat god dam thief.
  • commented 2016-02-19 01:25:30 -0500
    Is it any surprise to ANY of you, that people that are given the power to reward themselves at the expense of others will continue to do so? Union dues money is just one example. Executives of corporations do the same thing indirectly, giving the grunt workers mediocre to poor wages, and rewarding themselves lavishly!! Usually, the board of directors. of any company is the “boys club” of overpaid and over powered money hungry corrupt individuals. Don’t kid yourselves. Why would top union officials be any different? They exploit others because they can get by with it!!
  • commented 2016-02-18 23:41:38 -0500
    Here you go YRCW teamsters.:

    The big break came in January 2014, when YRC convinced the union to extend the 15% pay cut and diminished pension contribution through 2019, by hammering home that otherwise the company would fail and its 26,000 union members would become unemployed. Actually, because of a severe driver shortage that plagues the trucking industry, many would have been likely to find new work, but perhaps without free health care and a pension.

    “If we operate in a largely non-unionized industry, we need to be able to pay in a mainly non-unionized fashion,” says Pierson. “If we’re above the market by 15% we’re not going to be competitive.

    We are now paying what the market will bear, and we all need to divorce ourselves from the mindset that that 15% is going to come back.”
  • commented 2016-02-18 23:34:32 -0500
    The sad part ? LMAO. It’s not sad you get the representation you deserve. No one can take advantage of you without your permission. Put those teamster satin jackets on tell everyone how tough you all are. The sad part ? Look in the mirror lemmings. Continue to support a corrupt Union that you
    WILL NEVER CHANGE. YRCW took the teamsters to school and that 15% giveback is permanent in a majority non Union transportation enviorment.
    Good luck, highschool graduates. YOU EARN WHAT YOU LEARN.
  • commented 2016-02-18 23:28:29 -0500
    The sad part is all our members who just stand by and do nothing some don’t even vote!
  • commented 2016-02-18 17:28:11 -0500
    Reading this I see Hoffa, Smith Moore, Laughton names, which went on 2 golfing trips, and some on super ball parties. These are gifts from Employers! Why are they not charged by the IRB? Something is wrong with this picture!!! The corruption is there and if the IRB does not charge these men also, then the fix is in!
  • commented 2016-02-18 12:51:42 -0500
    When we lose 50 to 60 percent of our pension will Hoffa an his cronies going to take a cut in pay.
  • commented 2016-02-16 23:55:06 -0500
    Continue to support with your dues this corrupt Union. Let’s all get in line lemmings.
  • commented 2016-02-16 15:05:50 -0500
    Hoffa and staff and cronies needs to go down long time overdue
  • commented 2016-02-16 14:13:10 -0500
    If this is criminal corruption and Aloise is convicted, no way should he be able to collect on those multiple pension’s (all Teamster I’m guessing) and 1 million lump sum. I’m sick and tired of these Teamster brothers going up the ranks from drivers and dockworkers to local and international Teamster officials and becoming crooks. Not all of them ,but it happens way more than it should.
  • commented 2016-02-14 13:44:06 -0500
    I don’t think the stain of corruption can ever be removed from the Hoffa name, and until we remove the corruption at the top, we will always have those that want to follow the leader. It’s time for a fresh new beginning. I’m sick of all these hypocrites stealing my dues money and destroying the possibility of the world seeing the positive aspects of unions. Enough!
  • commented 2016-02-14 13:31:10 -0500
    Well maybe you like people reaching into your pocket while they are telling you they are working for you, if their in control of the money and stealing it what the hell are we suppose to do back them. Come on people WAKE UP. If someone in your family is stealing from you do you just let him or her just keep stealing. I don’t get some people .
  • commented 2016-02-14 12:13:40 -0500

    Unions are needed now, more than ever.

    Unions are systematically being reduced in power every single day by our government and would love nothing more than to be right-to-work states across the nation.

    In case you aren’t aware, the IRB is the government! That means they would love to take down one of the most powerful Unions we have.

    It is always easier to look from the outside in and criticize. I bet most of you have never truly never been a part of this great wonderful Union that protects so very many jobs and employees. We are a TEAM! TEAMS work TOGETHER!!

    THE GOVERNMENT IS WINNING every time one of you make negative comments about this great Union!!! – The Government has turned this into a political side show and those who participate are the clowns.

    You are so busy trying to fragment our Union – the very thing we fought for – that It will be too late to realize you will no longer need to fight internally. The Government will have solved that problem for you as well.

    No Union – NO PROBLEM!!!

    Get Smart!!! Stop fighting the wrong fight!!!!
  • commented 2016-02-14 11:08:27 -0500
    I remember Aloise and many other west coast fence sitters during Ron Carey term…Showing up TDU conventions, buying raffle tickets, wearing “put members first” t shirts, caps…Again I blame members continue to re-elect these frauds so Hoffa can appoint them to key international posts…Wake up ! teamster Dump Hoffa/Hall in 2016…run for delegate in your local do something…
  • commented 2016-02-13 22:03:08 -0500
    Its a shame and sham that his boss has looked the other away while he has shamefully wasted and abused MEMBERSHIP MONEY!!! this asshole has not earned a dime!!!! Damn shame we should all be in an uproar! Hoffa and all his little cronies need to get the F" out! This is a crime against Humanity!!!
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  • commented 2016-02-13 14:37:29 -0500
    Didn’t Hoffa tell a federal judge (Preska I believe) that corruption didn’t exist in the Teamsters anymore?
  • commented 2016-02-13 11:04:25 -0500
    One of the main reason why out retirement fund is going BROKE!
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