Skip to comments.Jimmy Hoffa and Feds Scheme to Control Teamsters
Posted on 10/13/2011 8:04:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation.
If true, the allegations could mean that 50 years of work trying to rid unions of mob influence has come to an end.
Hoffa and the Justice Department, says Gegare, have abused a decades-old consent decree, which was once used to remove mobsters two decades ago, [but] is now being used to target [Hoffas] critics through a rogue investigative unit set up by the decree.
The result, according to Gegare, is a dwindling treasury and deficit spending from the union that is leaving the Teamsters in the red. In part, the financial difficulties have stemmed from an unprecedented spending spree, putting the union in debt and threatening the negotiating power of the union.
Instead of buying pretty dresses and designer shoes, says Gegare, [Hoffa] put a stable of personal assistants and high-priced consultants on the Teamster payroll. Their jobs are to do little else than satisfy the every whim of James Phillip [Hoffa] and the rest of the Hoffa family.
According to a statement released by Gegare, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters spent $212 million last year, but brought in only $172 million to the IBT treasury.
This is a disastrous trend for our union, but Hoffa continues to buy loyalty by paying exorbitant salaries to his pay rollers and huge fees to outside consultants," said the statement released on October 5th. These tactics are the type of clout-buying that is a staple in the Chicago Combine.
When you figure in Obamas mobster roots in the Chicago Combine with his administrations willingness to use government power in conjunction with unions to get what they want, then the question becomes, not if the mob is making a comeback in unions, but how much control do they already have?
Now you know where all those shovel ready dollars went. They went to connected contractors under the patronage of Obamas Secretary of Transportation, Republican Ray LaHood, a veteran of the Combine.
Critics have already charged that the Obama administration is willing to use the NLRB as the enforcement arm of unions, as well as other agencies. Last week we wrote about how the National Legal and Policy Center is investigating why the Labor Department is enlisting help from the IRS to shakedown homebuilders on behalf of unions.
And recent events have seen an increase in union violence reminiscent of the worst days of mob influence in the Teamsters.
A $70,000 reward is being offered in connection with a shooting in Toledo that the victim says was in retaliation for a long-running dispute that hes had with the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
John King, who owns an electrical contracting business, was shot at his home as he interrupted someone vandalizing his car. The vandal had etched the word SCAB across the passenger side of Kings car.
"I think perhaps the labor unions feel threatened by us now that, through this economic downturn, we've been growing and getting busier and busier," King told the Toledo Blade.
Last month, longshoremen in Seattle stormed the Port of Longview overpowered and held security guards, damaged railroad cars, writes Andrew Breitbarts BigGovernment, and dumped grain that is the center of a labor dispute, said Longview Police Chief Jim Duscha. Six guards were held hostage for a couple of hours after 500 or more Longshoremen broke down gates about 4:30 a.m. and smashed windows in the guard shack, he said.
The story of hostage taking by the 500 union workers has largely remained out of the national media.
One story that the media is covering is the announcement by AFL-CIO, the largest union in the country, that it will start to provide support for the Occupy Wall Street heard. The question remains whether the initial organizers of OWS will allow the union to swamp the movement. If allowed to be taken over by unions, you could see protests that have been stinky, rude and unruly, become stinky, rude, unruly and violent.
Union Facts says that statistics by the Department of Labor show that racketeering fines for union misbehavior are on the increase.
During the Obama administration, fines, restitutions, forfeitures and civil monetary actions against union members for actions that defrauded unions and other parties in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 amounted to $150 million, even though indictments have dropped significantly to 139 indictments for 2010.
In 2008, the amount in fines leveled on union racketeering was $24 million on 195 indictments.
That could be because unions have more pickings from which they can plunder under Obama.
Since FY 2001, racketeering investigations have yielded more than 2,000 indictments and awarded more than $3 billion in fines and restitution, writes Union Facts. Many of these cases involve union officials failing to protect their members from unethical pension scams and internal union racketeering cases, but OIGs website currently notes a rapid rise of transnational organized crime groups that are engaging in new criminal enterprises Specifically, OIG investigations have found that nontraditional organized criminal groups are exploiting the Department of Labors foreign labor certification and Unemployment Insurance programs.
Now you know why Democrats are all about expanding unemployment insurance. We get graft with a little help from our friends.
Also according to Union Facts, a poll taken last October revealed that 44% of public and government union members believe American unions are less honest and principled than they were 50 years ago.
Well thats just great.
Unions are less honest and principled than they were during the heyday of the union-mob alliance, when, according to Time Magazine, the Kefauver hearings found that The evidence demonstrates quite clearly that organized crime today is not limited to any single community of any single state, but occurs all over the country. Big Crime's big men know each other, deal with each other, meet frequently, and on occasion do each other's dirty work when a competitor must be eliminated, an informer silenced, or a victim persuaded."
Quick: Name a sector of Amercian society outside of Chicago and unions that keeps statistics for indictments, prosecutions and convictions?
This is what Organizing for America looks like, Chicago style.
Its about to go transnational. Get used to it.
|Labor and Racketeering Investigations|
|FY 2001||FY 2002||FY 2003||FY 2004||FY 2005||
|FY 2006||FY 2007||FY 2008||FY 2009||FY 2010|
|Cases referred for prosecution||57||74||66||87||88||
|Fines, restitutions, forfeitures, and civil monetary actions ($ in millions)||$42.5||$105.9||$27.9||$36.5||$187.9||
|Source: Department of Labor Office of Inspector General via Union Facts.com|
Along with the rest of the U.S. population.
I think most people already know about ....
,President Obama,this is your army. We are ready to march.Hoffa rallied the troops to war against the forces of the Tea Party (U.S.tax payers),saying,Lets take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong!
The AFL-CIO and the SEIU Unions have been communists controlled in cooperation with this Administration.
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