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    Taking A Stand!!!

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    Jul 2009
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    Albuquerque, NM
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    Default Teamsters Say Goodbye to U.S. Oversight 30 Years After Takeover

    Very good article. You need to read the whole thing.

    In the summer of 1988, Democrats nominated Michael Dukakis as their presidential candidate, the Soviet Union competed in its last Olympic Games, and the U.S. government filed a lawsuit to take control of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

    Now, more than 30 years later, that oversight is about to end. Feb. 17 marks the close of an unprecedented effort to root out organized crime from U.S. labor unions.

    Although immediate effects of the federal departure will be largely symbolic, it opens the door to potentially significant adjustments in how the Teamsters union investigates future corruption and how it conducts elections in 2026 and beyond. The union will no longer need written government approval to make disciplinary and election rule changes, although it still must notify the government of adjustments.

    “February 17 will be a historic day for the Teamsters because we’re finally ending government interference in our union,” Teamsters President James P. Hoffa told Bloomberg Law. It’s the “capstone” of an era, he added.

    The milestone is the result of a “Final Agreement” reached in 2015. It said that organized crime’s influence over the Teamsters “has long been expunged” and set a five-year timetable for the government to relinquish its role in union affairs.
    Last edited by ABFwife; 02-17-2020 at 11:14 AM.

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