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Investigation Reveals Chicago Local 714 Corruption

October 29, 2007: The Independent Review Board (IRB) has recommended that Chicago Local 714 be placed into trusteeship. The move is an opportunity to root out corruption and allow the 8,000 members to have a local run for the members, and not for the Hogan family. The 250 page investigative report was sent to James Hoffa for action to be taken. The scathing report states that secretary treasurer Robert Hogan and president James Hogan allowed...

IBT VP Must Pay Back $100K Plus

October 9, 2007: Thanks to TDU, International Union Vice President, and former Local 237 president Carroll Haynes is being forced to repay more than $100,000 in improper payments. Haynes received the payments from the company that manages the Local 237 health plan. Local 237 launched an internal probe after Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) brought the improper payments to light. As part of our preparations of the $150,000 Club, our annual report on Teamster...

$150,000 Club Study Shows Where to Cut the Fat

August 23, 2007: This year’s analysis reveals that more than $20 million in Teamster dues was paid last year to the highest paid Teamster officials, each of whom bags $150,000 or more a year. Teamster contracts and benefit funds are under attack—and our union’s power is on the decline. But salaries for top Teamster officials remain on the rise, draining dues that could be used to organize the nonunion competition and rebuild Teamster Power. Those...

Judge Conboy Challenges Hoffa’s Firing of Virtue

August 12, 2007: Election Appeals Master Kenneth Conboy has issued a decision that could result in a victory for Teamster democracy. The decision is a blow against retaliation aimed at Teamsters who run for IBT office. The decision questions the legality of Hoffa’s firing of Dan Virtue and Carlos Ramos last January. The firings came days after the 2006 IBT Election was certified, an election won by Hoffa’s slate against the reform slate headed by...

Philadelphia Inquirer: Penn. Teamster Leader is Ousted

August 10, 2007: By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer: The leader of one of Pennsylvania's most powerful unions has been ousted after allegations that he lied to a federal investigatory board. Francis "Frank" J. Gillen, a longtime officer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, cannot hold any union office for five years and cannot belong to the union as a truck driver for three years. To read the full story, click here.
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SoCal UPSers Take Group Action for Health & Safety After Driver Dies

Hundreds of Teamsters in SoCal 572 have filed a petition and group grievance to demand that UPS address health and safety concerns and a shortage of safe parking after a driver was run over and killed at UPS in Gardena one week before Thanksgiving. 

Five Ways to Turn the Election Rout Into Real Union Power

O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United didn’t mince words about the choice in the election. They told members if they liked the union’s direction under Hoffa to vote for Vairma and challenged members who want to fight the employers to vote Teamsters United. The result was a two-to-one rout. Here are five ways to turn the election victory into member engagement and union power.

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