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.

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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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  • Tom Saunders
    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 .
  • Msrkie Mark
    commented 2016-02-14 12:13:40 -0500
    ATTENTION:

    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!!!!
  • Michael Schaffer
    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…
  • Elissa Fay
    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!!!
  • Gloria Lelonek
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  • Gary Piso
    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?
  • Philip Ward
    commented 2016-02-13 11:04:25 -0500
    One of the main reason why out retirement fund is going BROKE!
  • Tony Beningo
    commented 2016-02-13 07:42:08 -0500
    And you wonder why the pension is broke. The bottom line is their pay comes out of our dues!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Frank Halstead
    commented 2016-02-13 03:03:05 -0500
    “Incumbents should lie to keep power”. Six words every Hoffa supporter lives by.
  • Rhonda Welk
    commented 2016-02-13 01:26:30 -0500
    He will still get his multiple pensions and live the good life, but yet in cspf the retirees did their jobs the right way and they cut their pay. Corruption still lives Congress. The teamsters did I think asked Congress to eliminate overseeing teamsters shennigans. Or they were going to phase it out. Something wrong with all this. Eliminate his PENSIONS!
  • Raymond Oeverndiek
    commented 2016-02-12 22:22:01 -0500
    Reminds me when Rudy Tham was in office in the bay area.
    Nothing has changed .
  • Dave Robbins
    commented 2016-02-12 19:47:38 -0500
    And didn’t Aloise recently order Teamster drivers to cross a primary picket line at a recycling plant, where workers were striking against poverty wages. That’s a crime too, in my book.
  • Tom Saunders
    commented 2016-02-12 18:04:32 -0500
    No surprise this is where a lot of money has gone their all doing it .They need to forfeit their pension and go to jail but they won’t .
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