Teamsters secretly recorded meeting with corruption monitor

This situation is probably slimy on all sides. Government, union, anyone else involved.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters secretly recorded a July meeting they had with their official court-appointed anti-corruption monitors, a federal judge said Tuesday.

The Teamsters used those recordings in an attempt last month to convince a court that the union shouldn’t have to divulge internal communications to the monitors. The court rejected the union’s argument, saying it must turn over the requested documents.

The extraordinary effort by the Teamsters reflects the increasingly bitter and high-stakes battle it has fought throughout the year against the Independent Investigations Office, the entity charged with enforcing a 1989 court consent decree with the federal government to rid the union of organized crime. The office is investigating alleged corruption by several top Teamsters officials. The union has repeatedly fought efforts to turn over internal emails and other documents relating to the inquiries, calling the requests excessive. It also accused the office of attempting to interfere in the union’s leadership elections.

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