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Looking for Your Officers? Check the Poker Tables

April 27, 2007: If you're having trouble finding your local officers this week, here's where they might be: Hoffa's Unity Conference, Inaugural Celebration, Golf Tournament, and Poker Tournament, all happening this week in Las Vegas. The whole gala is paid for by your dues. The Unity Conference starts on Sunday, April 29, and runs through Thursday, May 3. According to the IBT website, from Tuesday through Thursday meetings are only scheduled from 9:00 am to...

Justice Prevails: Hoffa Must Pay

April 20: Justice was slow but Hoffa and his slate have finally been forced to pay over $100,000 that they failed to pay employers during the 2006 election campaign. The Election Supervisor on March 28 ordered the Hoffa campaign to pay in full, with interest (ESD 2007 407). Hoffa had tried to convert the debt to employer contributions, but TDU attorney Barbara Harvey successfully argued that it would be illegal. Hoffa’s attorney (and son), David...

IBT VP Carroll Haynes to Step Down as Local 237 Head

March 14, 2007: Hoffa running mate Carroll Haynes will step down as president of Local 237 on March 31. But although Haynes is losing one multiple salary, he won’t need any collections from working Teamsters just yet. Haynes is staying on as IBT Vice President and Public Employee Division Director, positions that bagged him $111,432 in total compensation last year. Because he is 73, Haynes is also collecting multiple pensions while he works and sweetening...

Hoffa Fires Dan Virtue for Running for Office

February 27, 2007: In January Eastern Freight Director Dan Virtue was removed from his position by Teamster President Hoffa. Virtue immediately filed a protest with the Election Supervisor, charging retaliation because he ran as an independent candidate for Eastern Vice President. Ironically, Virtue’s last work for the Freight Division was to help prevent Yellow from misusing a Premium Service Change of Operations. The Hoffa administration is apparently claiming that they just want to save money...

Hoffa Tries to Skip on Campaign Debt

February 27, 2007: James Hoffa’s reelection campaign was the subject of a hearing before Election Appeals Master Kenneth Conboy on Feb. 21, after failing to pay $110,000 to consultants hired by the campaign last fall. They claim they are broke, though millionaires on their slate contributed as little as $5, $60, and even zero. The Hoffa Slate twisted the arms of International reps, IBT organizers and staff, and local union officials to collectively kick in...
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