A Connecticut-based Teamster local has been placed into trusteeship by its international parent union—the International Brotherhood of Teamsters—for financial mismanagement and abuse by its local officers.
Teamsters Local 1150 represents more than 4,800 Sikorsky employees, including 3,506 in Connecticut. 549 in Alabama, and 736 in Florida.
The Independent Review Board, which has been investigating corruption within the Teamsters as part of a 1989 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Dept., issued a report citing “various failures by former President Harvey Jackson, Principal Officer Rocco Calo, President John Santamaria, and Vice President Richard Rollinson.”
Although Jackson died in 2014, CTNow.com, reports:
In many cases, the review board found that local officials approved their own credit card expenses, a violation of local by-laws and union policies.
In addition to Jackson’s purchases, the board found that more than $11,000 was spent on nearly 200 meals for local officers that had no union benefit. From January 2010 to August 2014, Secretary Treasurer Calo ate at places like Wood-N-Tap, Riverview Bistro, Chili’s, and On The Border, the report said.
“There was no union purpose for these charges,” the review board said. “On their face, these were personal expenses.”
“A lot of the embezzlement cases we have had have been substantially higher than that,” said John J. Cronin Jr., administrator of the Independent review Board. “But it’s the abuse, where a bunch of the officers drink up glasses at expensive restaurants and accrue $50,000 in a couple of years, it’s pretty significant. And it needs to stop.” [Emphasis added.]
Ironically, earlier this month, the Teamsters negotiated with the U.S. attorney’s office to, over the next five years, end to the 25-year federal oversight
This means, the independent board charged with investigating corruption within the union will also end.
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