You read that right. Rome Aloise, a Teamsters vice president who earned more than $383,000 in total compensation last year, is defending himself from a corruption probe launched by the union itself. And, yes, he’s seeking donations from blue-collar employees to cover his legal bills. The Washington Free Beacon‘s Bill McMorris has more:
“Rome Aloise, an international vice president and key West Coast ally of embattled union President James Hoffa Jr., is being investigated by the union’s three-member Independent Review Board on charges of corruption that include taking gifts from employers and rigging union votes. Although the case is a civil, rather than legal or criminal matter, Aloise has turned to crowdfunding to pay for the legal advice he is receiving.”
Why is he in hot water? A Playboy Super Bowl Party. The Independent Review Board found that Aloise acted against his members’ interests by “giving favorable contracts to companies that offered him perks.” He used his position to enter the Teamsters into “collusive, sham collective bargaining agreements” dating back to 2004. During that time, Aloise received six admissions to a Playboy Super Bowl Party for another Teamster boss and his family and friends. He also secured a job for his cousin, even after the employer “determined he was not performing as required.”
To take on the corruption charges, Aloise has launched DefendRome.com “to pay for the costs of defense related to any charges” brought against him. As if union members have nothing else to worry about.
(If you have more time, check out McMorris’ reporting on unionized government employees, at least 1,000 of whom exclusively work for labor unions instead of performing duties at their taxpayer-funded government jobs. These activities cost American taxpayers more than $162 million in 2014.)
There’s never a dull moment in union America.