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IRB Charges All Local 710 Officers

August 21, 2014: The Independent Review Board (IRB) has moved to bring charges against all the officers of Chicago Local 710. According to the report of charges dated August 15, all members of the Executive Board violated their fiduciary duty when they repeatedly approved the purchase of excess visa gift cards under the control of Local Secretary Treasurer Pat Flynn. Flynn was charged in July, and on July 30 the local was put into trusteeship...

Trusteeship Hits Chicago Local 710

July 31, 2014: James Hoffa yesterday imposed an “emergency” trusteeship over Local 710, and appointed Chicago Teamster boss John Coli as trustee. The trusteeship follows a July 17 report by the Independent Review Board on the lack of financial controls in the local union. Many members of Local 710 are eager to clean house in the next election, and want to know how this trusteeship will affect those efforts. A trusteeship is “presumed invalid” after...

Hoffa Escalates Attack on the Right to Vote

July 30, 2014: The Hoffa administration is escalating its attack on Teamster voting rights. Hoffa administration lawyers are filing new papers with Judge Loretta Preska in a bid to end fair, independently supervised elections in the Teamsters. The case could be decided as early as September. Judge Preska can’t just hear from Hoffa. She needs to hear from us. More than 3,000 Teamsters have signed an Open Letter to Judge Preska, including 1,744 who have signed...

Corruption-Free? Not so Fast

July 24, 2014: Hoffa claims there’s no need for an anti-corruption body in our union because corruption is a thing of the past. Meanwhile, two Hoffa campaign donors have been busted this week on charges of stealing members’ dues and taking employer payoffs. The Hoffa administration has retained two attorneys who formerly worked for President George W. Bush to try to end the members Right to Vote, and also the Independent Review Board (IRB).  The...

Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy

Ken Paff Labor Notes July 17, 2014 View the original piece Facing fresh member dissatisfaction, Teamster President James Hoffa and his Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall are headed to court to try to make contested Teamster elections a thing of the past. Whether they succeed will determine the future of one of North America’s most powerful unions. Will it continue to manage decline and concessions, or tap the power of organized transport and distribution workers to reverse...
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