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    Default Members Challenge Hoffa Takeover of Chicago Local 786

    Members and officers in Chicago Local 786 are challenging Hoffa's takeover of their union. They say Hoffa's authorized trusteeship serves Hoffa power brokers in the Joint Council like Terry Hancock, and the former JC 25 President John Coli who has plead guilty to taking employer payoffs and is headed to jail. This summer, Joint Council offices were raided by FBI agents. An investigation is ongoing.

    Hancock, who replaced Coli as the head of Joint Council 25, has been trying to take control of Local 786 for the past few years. Both Locals 731 and 786 represent Teamsters who work for ready mix companies in the construction industry. In 2018, Hancock tried to merge Local 786 into Local 731. His proposal was defeated by a vote of Local 786 members earlier this year.

    Hancock responded to that membership snub by initiating Internal union charges against the officers of Local 786, questioning the enforcement of construction contracts and their stewardship of pension contributions and the Local 786 Fund. Hoffa approved an investigation, hearing and ultimately imposed a trusteeship.

    Both Local 786 officers and members are considering legal action.
    Members Challenge Hoffa Takeover of Chicago Local 786 - Teamsters for a Democratic Union
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    Default Chicago Local 786 Leaders File Suit to End “Illegal Trusteeship” and Restore Democrac

    On December 11, the elected officers of Chicago Local 786 filed suit in federal court requesting an injunction to stop an “illegal trusteeship” imposed by James Hoffa last July.

    The complaint details the history of the take-over of Local 786, and names Chicago Joint Council president Terry Hancock as the force behind it.

    If successful, the suit would end the trusteeship, restore democratic control of Local 786, and enjoin Hancock and Hoffa from further attempts to intimidate or merge the local.

    The complaint notes that Hancock is an important political ally of Hoffa and “has a personal relationship of a political nature with President Hoffa.”

    The suit details a long campaign by Hancock to pressure or coerce Local 786 leaders to merge the local with Local 731, which Hancock heads. As far back as October 2018, Hoffa appointed a monitor of the local to limit the authority of the elected offices. The monitor issued a May 1 “deadline” to merge or face a trusteeship by Hoffa. The Local Union Executive Board met last February 28, and rejected the merger demand.

    Hoffa’s appointed rep to the local, Thomas Cornelias, admitted before numerous witnesses that the reason for the trusteeship was the refusal to merge the local
    Chicago Local 786 Leaders File Suit to End

 

 

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