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Now That’s Corruption!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Chicago Tribune reports:

An oversight panel has urged the takeover of powerful Chicago Teamsters Local 714, claiming its leaders allowed sham contracts and steered lucrative movie industry jobs in Chicago to relatives.

An investigator for the federally mandated Independent Review Board in New York would only confirm Monday that the anti-corruption unit had recommended placing the local under trusteeship.

On the TDU website:

The report also alleges that Local 714 maintained sham contracts with some employers, and allowed non-union workers at others, and refused to police contracts so that Local 714 members were denied wages guaranteed by contract. The report asserts that some contracts provided for wages less than the minimum wage, dues were illegally paid by the employer, and no contract votes were taken.

The report finally charges that the movie division of Local 714 routinely places relatives of officials on lucrative movie jobs ahead of more senior union members.

Local 714, long a Hogan family dynasty, was placed in trusteeship in 1996 by then Teamster president Ron Carey, and reforms were made, including in the movie referral system. But the local came back under control of the Hogans, and old ways returned.

I think this blog needs a catch phrase like Phil Yu over at who’s great catch phrase is That’s Racist! So I think mine will be God Damn! As I seem to say that a lot to myself at my job. So…

God Damn!


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