Non Union Labor for IBT???



I dont see how that can be true. At some point during the process, someone would have noticed this and raised Hell. There is just no way a Union Hall could be built, and no one found out till after that it was built by non-union labor.


Paper: Houston Chronicle
Date: SAT 08/10/02
Section: A
Page: 01
Edition: 3 STAR

No label on this hall / Non-union constructionworkers used to cut costs on new Teamsters building



Teamsters Union 988 is holding the grand opening this weekend for its new union hall , which is expected to feature Teamsters President James P. Hoffa.

But it has become a sour moment for other labor leaders because the Teamsters didn't use union construction workers. They were told by the Teamsters that union contractors cost too much.

"No one is happy about it," said Paul Dunnam, organizer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 716.


"There are serious solidarity issues here," said Richard Shaw, secretary-treasurer of the Harris County AFL-CIO.

Unions are supposed to support each other, said Shaw. He recalled how other unions backed the Teamsters during its last strike against United Parcel Service.


But, Wortham added, "I just can't believe the cost issue outweighed the right thing to do."


(Message edited by cheryl on September 24, 2002)


The use of non-union labor is nothing new. In fact its recent history:

IRB Ousts Hoffa's "Duke" for Nepotism
On May 30, the Int'l Bhd. of Teamsters' court-monitored oversight panel barred William Hogan, Jr., Chicago's most powerful Teamster and close ally of IBT boss James P. Hoffa, from the union for life due to a plot to drive down wages and benefits for Las Vegas IBT Local 631 to help a Chicago-based firm in which his brother had a stake. Also banned for life was Dane Passo, a Chicago Teamsters who became Hoffa's right-hand-man at IBT headquarters in Washington. The Indep. Review Bd.'s action came as Hoffa endorsed Ohio's GOP governor and appeared with the likely GOP gubernatorial nominee in Md., all in an effort to reportedly persuade President Bush to seek IRB's disbandment. IRB was founded in 1989 to help settle a racketeering suit by the government charging that IBT were controlled by organized crime.

IRB ruled that Hogan and Passo, colluded with United Serv. Companies to have the firm's nonunion employees perform work at Las Vegas trade shows and conventions at less than half the hourly wage of Local 631 members, thus allowing other contractors to pay the same wages even to union workers. Hogan's brother, Michael, was USC's vice-president. Reportedly, Hogan and Passo, engineered Hoffa's firing of Local 631 officials who opposed the deal. Only when IRB began investigating did Hoffa stop Hogan and Passo's campaign. Disturbingly, Hoffa responded to the warnings about Passo's links to organized crime by his internal ethics watchdog by raising Passo's salary and keeping Passo as his "special representative" to the besieged Las Vegas Local.

Hogan is ex-secretary-treasurer of IBT Local 714. In 1996, following an IRB probe, the local was put in trusteeship. Among other things, IRB found that the local was being run for the benefit of the Hogan family and not its members. The report contained a number of allegations of nepotism and conflict of interest by Hogan and other officers who were Hogan family members. When the trusteeship was imposed, Hogan was a candidate for IBT int'l secretary-treasurer, on Hoffa's slate against disgraced ex-boss Ron Carey. Hogan subsequently dropped out of the race. His various union salaries added up to some $210,000 a year. Passo ran Hoffa's campaign effort in Chicago. [BNA, Chi. Trib. 5/31/02, New Republic 4/1/02]

Union Corruption Update, June 10, 2002


From what I've heard, this is true!

I think when they do/did the grand opening for this hall, our "union brothers" from the AFL-CIO etc.... should have been able to picket!!!

Imagine....the Teamsters actually said that cost was a factor when it came to selecting non-union labor over union labor. If I were a UPS negotiator, I would keep this article in my files for the 2008 negotiations!


(Message edited by proups on September 27, 2002)