APWA Legal Staff Tom Coleman (anti-union)?

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by Wake-Up, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. Wake-Up

    Wake-Up Guest

    Why didn't APWA web-site mention FRANCIS T. (TOM) COLEMAN, their legal staff was the former Chairman of the CUE Labor Lawyers Advisory Committee. CUE stands for “Council on Union-Free Environment.” The group is comprised primarily of business and industry executives.
  2. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    The APWA has never hiden what Tom Coleman does. If you are going through a divorce, would you want to hire a divorce attorney or a workman's comp attorney. People go to him for representation, not the other way around. He is the best person for the decertification process.
  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    What about Mr. Hoffa Jr? Don't forget he was a Union busting attorney before becoming our president.
  4. what?

    what? Guest

    If their trying to get rid of the Teamsters what better of an attorney to get. Besides all lawyers go where the $ is,maybe this guy see's big $ coming his way if they take over.
  5. susiedriver

    susiedriver New Member

    Do you have a fact to back that up with, or is that just what someone told you?
  6. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    That was on National TV years ago. I know they showed one case where Hoffa defended a garbage company against a union employee who lost his leg when the garbage truck backed up and crushed his leg.
  7. dannyboy

    dannyboy From the promised LAND

    Depends when you talk about the truth. If it was FOX, then there will be those posters that will tell you it was nothing but a pack of lies.:lol:

  8. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    When that came out was when Hoffa ran against Carey for the first time and I don't think FOX was around.
  9. mittam

    mittam Member

    he was hired for a specific job in this process as soon as APWA takes over his job is done
  10. susiedriver

    susiedriver New Member

    Please reference this with a factual link. I don't care for Hoffa, but I can't find any evidence of him being an 'anti-union lawyer'.

    I have a hard time believing someone named 'BS' saying they saw it on 'National TV'.

    Just one factual link, and I'll believe you.
  11. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    James P. Hoffa was a Teamster/Joint Council 43 attorney from 1968' to 1993'. http://www.npr.org/programs/npc/2001/010515.jhoffa.html is link to just one source on this.

    As for Coleman being a union busting attorney, maybe that's a wise move on the part of AWPA. Some of the very best criminal defense attorneys were once themselves prosecutors. Many IRS agents leave the IRS and become very successful and very good tax accountants and specialists. One of the most harsh anti-christians went on to become one of it's greatest apostles and I speak of Saul of Tarsus who became known as Paul. Just because someone once was something else doesn't mean they can't change or go a different direction. It also doesn't mean you automatically trust them either until they prove thmeselves.
  12. dannyboy

    dannyboy From the promised LAND

    You wouldn't have a factual link on that would you? One that we can trust, like from our good friends a Wikipedia. Dont link to other places, they cant be trusted.

    BTW, It would have been hard for Jr to have been a union busting lawyer if he was drawing a salary from the teamsters at the time.

  13. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    Thanks WKMAC!
  14. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    It cost you some money,but, go to New York Times. Times topics/People/H/Hoffa, James P. When your options pop up, you can click on ethics and a slew of things are available.
  15. susiedriver

    susiedriver New Member

    Could you please share what evidence you have that James P. Hoffa worked as an anti-union lawyer? I went to the NYTimes before I posted, as well as the Detroit News & Free Press. I have yet to find anything that would support that accusation.

    Thanks Mr BS,

    Oh and dBoy, thanks for your usual intelligent, well thought out response.
  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    • 1960s: Teamster laborer in Detroit and Alaska, loading and unloading freight from ships, driving trucks and buses, and operating heavy equipment.
    • 1968-93: Teamster attorney representing members in workers compensation cases, Social Security, and personal legal matters; represented Teamster joint councils and local unions.
    • 1993-98: Administrative Assistant to the President of Michigan Joint Council 43.
    • 1999-Present: General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
    This is all I found on Hoffa except for one other reference about being an "obscure Detroit lawyer". No info. on being an "anti-union" lawyer.
  17. Uncle BS

    Uncle BS New Member

    A judge's rebuke
    There's a question that Detroit labor attorney Barbara Harvey says has been popping up frequently since Hoffa began his run for the Teamster presidency.
    "What I'm being asked is 'What kind of attorney was James P. Hoffa while he was in private practice?' "
    She's quick to answer.
    "What's notable about Hoffa's experience as an attorney is that that he represented clients who were convicted felons themselves É or embezzlers who were removed from office for their crimes against the union without actually being criminally convicted."
    "Lawyers represent murderers and drunks and all sorts of other things all the time," counters L. "But that doesn't make them murders or drunks."
    That misses Harvey's point: A labor lawyer with a history of representing corrupt union bosses might be a questionable choice as a leader of a union with a history of corruption.
    As Exhibit A she offers up the case of George Vitale, who in 1989 was removed from his offices as an international union vice president and president of Detroit Local 283 for allegedly embezzling $10,000 in local funds and attempting to embezzle a $25,000 Lincoln Town Car while Hoffa was counsel for the local.
    Prior to his suspension, Vitale went to federal court with Hoffa as his lawyer in an attempt to keep members from seeing their own contracts. The judge ruled in favor of the union members and directed that they be allowed access to the contracts.
    That same year, members of the local attempted to gain access to union financial records after Vitale lost an election to a slate of reform candidates; not surprisingly, the union was in precarious financial condition. When Vitale refused to open the books to the new officers, another lawsuit was filed. Again, Hoffa &emdash; his fees being paid by the dues of the same union members he was working against &emdash; represented his friend Vitale in court. And, again, the judge ruled that the books be opened.
    These days Don Stone is trying to organize fruit packers in Washington state, a cooperative effort with the United Farm Workers that is a long way from the circumstances 20 years ago when the agricultural industry used Teamsters to bust the heads of migrant laborers trying create the UFW. In the late 1980s, however, Stone was taking on Vitale and Hoffa.
    "I couldn't separate the two," recalls Stone. "We had to go to federal court to keep Vitale from looting the treasury, and Hoffa was defending him all the way. We fought them because we believed in this union, believed it should be democratic."
    To this day Harvey, who represented Stone and his fellow union members in the suits against Vitale, keeps near at hand court records that document Judge Anna Diggs Taylor rebuking Hoffa for his handling of the cases.

    "Your conduct is needlessly wasteful and expensive, and a burden on the Court, on counsel, and on your own client," scolded Diggs Taylor. "And I think if you're going to continue to represent this client, you should re-evaluate your position. The people you represent work hard. They do physical labor for a livelihood. They are not lawyers, and most of them have no hope of ever becoming a lawyer. They hope, in fact through their membership in a union such as this, to be able to educate their children as your parents were able to, to spare them the backbreaking work they are undergoing." <HR>Curt Guyette is the Metro Times investigative reporter.
  18. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    "Do you have a fact to back that up with, or is that just what someone told you?"

    Uhhh....sorry, no links to back that up. Thought it was common knowledge.
  19. susiedriver

    susiedriver New Member

    Uncle BS,

    An article from the Detroit alternative paper pointing out that Hoffa defended corrupt Teamster officials while he was a Teamsters lawyer is hardly news, nor is it what has been alleged in this thread. I don't think you could be a Teamsters lawyer and not represent a crook from Trumbull Ave., maybe even to this day.
  20. nospinzone

    nospinzone New Member