Hoffa: Federal Supervision of IBT Could End this Year



Hoffa: Federal Supervision of IBT Could End this Year
James Hoffa, president of the Intl. Bhd. of Teamsters, said on June 2 that negotiations with the U.S. government could result in an end of federal supervision of the union by the end of 2003. He made his comments at a gathering of Pennsylvania Teamster chiefs in Hershey.

Since 1989, The U.S. Dist. Ct. for the Southern Dist. of NY has overseen the IBT's affairs under a consent decree ending a massive racketeering suit filed by the U.S. Dept. of Justice. The Independent Review Bd. (IRB) appointed by Dist. Judge Loretta Preska (G.H.W. Bush) has authoriity to investigate and punish corrupt Teamster officials.

Hoffa has been lobbying the Bush Administration in hopes of getting the Dept. of Justice to petition Judge Preska to end the court's supervision. Last September, he claimed that the Teamsters had ended the dominance of organized crime over the union and that it was time to end federal supervision.

Referring to the IRB, Hoffa said, "the volume of their work has gone down...There's nothing to investigate anymore." [Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 6/3/03]