Teamsters United Files Post-Election Protest

Teamsters United has filed a post-election protest, detailing widespread violations by the Hoffa-Hall Campaign. Teamsters United calls for the election, which has not been certified, to be rerun. 


The protest, filed by Teamsters United attorney Julian Gonzalez, details how IBT resources were systematically used to obstruct investigators and delay the release of documents detailing corruption in the Hoffa-Hall administration.

On November 29, Federal Judge Loretta Preska ordered obstruction charges to proceed against Ken Hall. But, by that time, the ballots had already been counted.

Hoffa and Hall spent millions of dollars in members’ dues in the obstruction effort, according to a related protest by Teamsters for a Democratic Union counsel Barbara Harvey.

The TDU protest defends the legal principle of a “fair and informed vote” which Hoffa-Hall went to extreme measures to block. 

A third brief from attorney Cathy Highet will be filed soon as a companion effort on this issue.

Other violations cited in the Teamsters United protest include:

  • Widespread employer favoritism of Hoffa-Hall.
  • Employer interference with Teamsters United campaigners, including denying parking lot access.
  • The firing of Teamsters United campaigners by UPS and Republic Services in Southern California, in collusion by Teamster officials who back Hoffa-Hall.
  • Surveillance, threats and intimidation by Hoffa supporters and even a Hoffa slate member.
  • Widespread refusal by local unions to provide worksite lists.
  • The refusal by 25 local unions representing more than 150,000 members to turn over email lists to Teamsters United, as required by the rules, delaying campaigning.

The election was, by far, the closest in Teamster history, with the closest At-Large Vice President margin standing at just 4,157 votes.

The Election Supervisor will now consider the protest, which asks that the election not be certified for General President, General Secretary Treasurer, At-Large Vice Presidents, Trustees, and Eastern Vice Presidents, and the certification be revoked for the Western Region Vice Presidents.  

The protest does not object to the certification of the Canadian officers, and argues the Central and Southern Vice Presidents elected on the Teamsters United ticket should be certified promptly, as they certainly did not benefit from the Hoffa-Hall violations. 

Hoffa’s campaign attorney, David Hoffa, filed a protest regarding the election of Kimberly Schultz, seeking to block the only woman elected from taking office. 

We expect that issue to be settled fairly and Schultz’s election to be certified. 

Hoffa has filed no protest regarding the other five candidates elected in the Central and Southern regions. 

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  • Joann Wohland
    commented 2017-06-06 11:42:42 -0400
    I agree with Kathy our money should stay with us and shame on hoffa for going after the only woman that was elected Probly fighting for the truth against him and corruption
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-12-13 17:56:33 -0500
    These WALL street Tycoon compensated officers, need to be reduced to their perspective locals..where members are best able to evaluate their roles in MEANINGFUL collective bargaining, can determine their futures in the IBT .
  • Gerald Gray
    commented 2016-12-08 06:44:45 -0500
    Wow really Hoffa and corruption used in the same sentence? Who would have thought!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-12-07 21:55:38 -0500
    👆Two many Hoffa’s..👆 They ALL MUST GO 💰LAWYERS in LOVE 💰
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-12-07 21:30:52 -0500

    A failure of the partisan board that has sat idle while HOFFA &co. have thieved the IBT into a state of dysfunction.
    How many years ago did HONEST nonPARTISAN Edwin Stier state before leaving in disgust
    Clue>>more than a decade ago
    Some lawyer need to be Disbarred!
  • Will Jenkins
    commented 2016-12-06 10:40:03 -0500
    We need a re vote. There’s a lot of people saying they never received a ballot
  • Kathy Pate
    commented 2016-12-06 01:39:23 -0500
  • Edgar Esquivel
    commented 2016-12-05 22:58:21 -0500
    At Local 952 in Orange County California: Principal Officer Patrick Kelly, UPS business Agent Grant Maertz and the few shop stewards that still drink the Hoffa kool-aid have been lying to members asking about the charges on their hero Ken Hall. They’ve defended that TDU has fabricated the charges and that Hall and Andy Marshall (architect of the Western Conference & L-177 Healthcare Fund a.k.a. “carve-out”) being investigated for embezzlement are innocent until proven guilty. They’ve all lost credibility protecting Hall’s corrupt behavior and that of Marshall, despite the “carve-out” locals (63, 104, 177, 186, 396, 492, 542, 572, 631, 952 & 986) voting against Hoffa and his corrupt slate in the IBT election.

    Will all the hofficers, business agents and shop-steward puppets that lied to the members about the “carve-out” being “identical” to the company plan acknowledge that the affected rank-and-file members aren’t happy with Hoffa, Hall, Andy Marshall and their shitty “carve-out?”
  • Jerry Canizares
    commented 2016-12-05 22:41:18 -0500
  • Bill Miller
    commented 2016-12-05 19:59:31 -0500
    Hoffa’s dirty tricks have plagued our union long enough! He and his henchmen must go!!
  • Edward Loucks
    commented 2016-12-05 19:21:12 -0500
    We need a re-vote. We deserve a clean union that works for us. We need Zuckerman. Teamsters United. Local #449.
  • Kevin Jarvis
    commented 2016-12-05 18:52:39 -0500
    I love it !!! Teamsters United !!!
    Time for change!!!
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