Teamster Thugs Indicted for Corruption Continue to Give Unions a Black Eye


Corrupt Teamster Boss, Joe Perry, charged in a 30 count federal indictment.

In keeping with their tradition of corruption and disregard for their members, four Teamster officials have been charged in a 30 count federal indictment in Massachucetts.

John Perry, 60, of Woburn, Joseph “Jo Jo” Burhoe, 44, of Braintree, James “Jimmy the Bull” Deamicis, 49, of Quincy, and Thomas Flaherty, 49, of Braintree, have been charged in a 30-count criminal indictment including racketeering, conspiracy to extort, extortion, attempted extortion, mail fraud, prohibition against certain persons holding office and theft of government money.

These four Teamsters behaved like common thugs, committing multiple acts of extortion and racketeering while beating up and bullying their own brotherhood who tried to question their methods and leadership, authorities said.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident in the Teamsters Union. This is a continuing pattern of corruption that the current Hoffa Administration has been unable, or unwilling, to address.

Corruption like this serves to entrench opposition to labor unions and harms all working people. Unions are a vehicle for the improvement of society based on the principles of workplace democracy and justice, and the empowerment of workers through their collective voice.

Unions need to win in the “court of public opinion.” Corruption and thuggery sets our movement back.

Click here to read the entire federal indictment.

Teamster Corruption Squanders Dues Money

The Teamsters spend $3 million in dues money for internal and external supervision stemming from federal racketeering charges.

The Teamsters spend approximately $3 million per year of members’ dues money for internal and external supervision due to federal racketeering charges brought on by criminal activities relating to internal elections.

The Teamsters have a long history of corruption and criminal activity dating back to 1903, with infiltration by mafia criminal syndicates. This type of corruption continued and reached an apex in the 1950’s and culminated in US Department of Justice and congressional investigations into the labor movement. In fact, these scandals led to legislative action to regulate the labor movement and spurred the passage of the restrictive Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, otherwise know as the Landrum-Griffin Act of 1959.

Teamster corruption reached such epic proportions that the union was ejected from the AFL-CIO, the largest labor federation in the United States, because it was feared that the scandals would lead to harsher regulation of organized labor and cripple the labor movement.

Sadly, Teamster corruption continues to this very day and the cost is borne by Teamster dues paying members.

Please click here to read for yourself how the Teamsters spend $3 million per year of dues money for oversight.