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Monday, October 28, 2013

Powerful Boston Teamster Boss Faces Suspension For Threatening To ‘Punish’ Members -- By Labor Union Report, RedState

In the mid 1980s, the President’s Commission on Organized Crime issued a report stating that the four major labor unions were under the influence of organized crime and run undemocratically at the detriment of their members. At the top of the list was the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

In 1989, in order to settle a RICO suit by the U.S. Justice Department, the Teamsters’ International Executive Board entered into a consent decree, agreeing to federal oversight. This Justice Department’s oversight continues to this day–principally through an Independent Review Board.

While Teamsters’ bosses (and their political allies) have wanted to get rid of the government’s oversight, the Independent Review Board continues to investigate union bosses, like current Local 25 President Sean O’Brien, who (allegedly) violate their members’ rights, as is the case in the New England.

According to the Teamsters’ Independent Review Board, Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25, has unlawfully threatened to punish members of a Rhode Island local if they did not vote for his chosen candidate.
“I’ve got news for you, anyone who takes on my friend, Joe Bairos, and his team, or Local 251, they’ve got major problems,” O’Brien said, according to transcripts of the union hall rally in Rhode Island during late summer. “They’ll never be our friends. They need to be punished. They need to be punished and they need to be held accountable for their actions, trying to divide and tear down this local.” [Emphasis added.]
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