At the Teamsters Independent Review Board

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The board still has plenty of work to do. Its 150th report in December, stated that 85 calls had been received on its hot line since the previous report.

Among the new cases, two members of Local 743 are charged with failing to appear for an examination before the IRB. This is the Chicago local whose secretary treasurer and three former employees had been indicted in September on criminal charges of stealing a union election. In October, in an election supervised by the Labor Department, an opposition slate won six of the contested posts, including the presidency.

Glenn Teolis, a former international project coordinator, is charged with embezzling over $2,000 while a member of Local 251 in Rhode Island and of failing to appear before the IRB when summoned. John Clancy, an international organizer and member of Chicago Local 705, faces charges of associating with Dane Passo, who had been barred from the union for corruption.

After trial before a union committee, James Jackson of Detroit Local 299 was permanently barred from the union for associating with Michael Banes, himself a barred member.

Joseph Pirro of Elmsford NY Local 456 and Robert D'Angelo of Long Island NY Local 813 were both permanently barred on charges of associating with organized crime. In these cases, as in others involving organized crime, President Hoffa had referred them back to the IRB for a trial hearing.

Francis Gillen of Philadelphia PA Local 500 was a big shot: an international VP, Joint Council 53 president, and Local 500 president. Tried before a union committee on charges of lying to the IRB and of associating with a permanently barred member, he was barred from office for five years and from the union for three. Unlike some of the more lowly members, he could be partly back in three years and fully in five.

Facing trial before a union committee on charges of embezzling over $20,000 from Philadelphia Local 502, former local president George DiPilato agreed to resign from the local, make restitution, and accept a three-year suspension.

Local 714 of Illinois is a special case. The IRB had recommended that President Hoffa put it under trusteeship for serious leadership offenses: putting "the interests of the William T. Hogan and family friend above the interests of the local" and of failure to comply with the ban on associating with barred members. Robert Hogan, its secretary treasurer, faces separate charges. Instead of imposing a trusteeship, Hoffa appointed a personal representative to review local executive board decisions.