Teamsters United has appealed the ruling by Election Supervisor Richard Mark to deny members a rerun election. The appeal will be heard by Judge Kathleen Roberts, the Election Appeals Master.
Teamsters United filed an election protest after the Hoffa-Hall administration used millions of dollars in members’ dues to obstruct corruption investigators and prevent more corruption charges from issuing until after the election.
Ken Hall now faces obstruction charges. Hoffa’s Executive Assistant Willie Smith was charged with taking employer payoffs. But both of these charges were issued after the vast majority of members had voted. Hoffa-Hall’s stonewalling, financed with members’ dues, worked.
Ultimately, the Hoffa-Hall administration was forced to turn over thousands of documents and emails they suppressed from corruption investigators, but not until well after the ballot count.
The illegal use of members’ dues money by the International Union to stave off corruption probes, benefit the Hoffa-Hall campaign and deny members a fair vote is at the heart of the protest and appeal filed by Teamsters United.
Judge Roberts will hold a hearing with the attorneys on February 28, and a decision will issue later, likely in March.
“Teamsters United isn’t waiting around. We’re going on the offense,” Fred Zuckerman has said.