The Election Supervisor has ruled Teamster officials in Minnesota guilty of instructing stewards to collect ballots and illegally using union resources to campaign for Hoffa-Hall, following an election protest filed by Fred Zuckerman.
As a result, all the affected ballots cast by Local 120 members will be voided, unless Local 120 can “show cause” that votes were not tainted by the union’s flagrant violations of the rules.
Teamsters Local 120 President Tom Erickson, who was installed in his position by Hoffa following a trusteeship, ordered his staff to “make a massive push to get our members at Local 120 to vote and vote for [the] Hoffa/Hall slate.”
The business agents followed orders. They sent out text messages to stewards, telling them to Get Out the Vote for Hoffa-Hall. Business Agents even told stewards to collect ballots from members.
This campaigning was all done on “on union-paid time using their union-issued and paid for mobile phones,” according to Election Supervisor Decision 324.
This is not the first time Hoffa-Hall operatives have been found guilty of ballot collecting or using union or employer resources to campaign.
The Election Supervisor found similar violations in Local 2011 and Local 572, when these locals were under the rule of International Union Vice Presidents and Hoffa-Hall running mates Ken Wood and Rick Middleton.
The Hoffa-Hall Campaign itself used union resources in the recent Local 251 election to try to oust a slate led by Teamsters United candidate Matt Taibi. Hoffa-Hall failed and Taibi’s United Action Slate defeated two other slates by a two-to-one margin.