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Crain's Chicago Business: Bobby Hogan Exiled from Local 714

August 13, 2008: In the wake of misconduct allegations by a union watchdog, former McCormick Place Teamsters boss Robert A. Hogan has agreed to permanent exile from the local his family has run since the Depression. Without admitting wrongdoing, Mr. Hogan recently signed an agreement with the Independent Review Board saying he’ll leave Teamsters Local 714 and never again serve as an officer, employee or member there, Crain’s has learned. A New York federal judge...

Concessions as Union Strategy

August 5, 2008: Over the past year, the International Union has signed four national contracts in the trucking industry, covering nearly 350,000 Teamsters—setting the pattern for many more. In each case, the Hoffa administration gave our largest Teamster employers record givebacks. The 2008 contracts are the most concessionary master agreements in the history of the Teamsters Union. We need to understand why this happened, and what we can do to stop future concessions and build...

Bobby Hogan Attacks Hoffa

July 29, 2008: Bobby Hogan, the former secretary-treasurer of Chicago Local 714, has lashed out at IBT President James Hoffa. Hogan has called out Hoffa for his “cowardly abdication of leadership, a betrayal of basic union democracy and of long-time supporters.” In a July 17 letter, Hogan accuses Hoffa of becoming a tool of the Independent Review Board (IRB). The letter is noteworthy because the Hogan family members have been major political supporters of Hoffa....

Payback Time for Rigged Vote

July 2, 2008: A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that a Teamster official who stole a union election must repay his salary and benefits. Chuck Crawley, then the incumbent president of Houston Local 988, faced a stiff challenge by reform members in 2002. He won the election after he added hundreds of fraudulent ballots. A jury found him guilty of stealing the election as well as embezzling union funds, and ordered him to...

Hoffa Targets Local 624 for Trusteeship

June 20, 2008: The Hoffa administration has targeted Santa Rosa, Calif. Local 624 for a potential trusteeship. A trusteeship hearing was held on June 3 on charges of financial misconduct. But some Teamsters are asking if the real goal of a trusteeship is a forced merger of Local 624. Former Secretary-Treasurer Bob Carr resigned after it came to light that his daughter, a clerical employee at the local, embezzled more than $8,000 in union funds...
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