Court-appointed corruption officers are moving against top Hoffa allies. But, by themselves, the investigators can never end corruption in our union. Here’s why.

The Independent Review Officer (IRO) of the IBT has been busy: Judge Barbara S. Jones just held a hearing on John Coli, Hoffa’s main man in the Central Region; she is presently deciding whether to ban Rome Aloise for life; and she is also weighing whether to kick out Hoffa’s Executive Assistant, Willie Smith, which the Independent Investigations Officer (IIO) has called for.

As important as those actions are, they will never clean up our union. Because the IIO and the IRO, the two court-appointed officers charged with taking on corruption, can only deal with the symptoms.

They can kick out officials caught taking employer payoffs or embezzling union funds, but they cannot prevent other corrupt officials from taking their place. Aloise, Smith and Coli will soon be gone. Indeed, Coli has already resigned his posts—but his son took over the “family business” of Local 727.

Only a change in leadership can root out corruption, a new leadership that brings a totally new attitude toward eliminating corruption.
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