Reuters reports that the U.S. Justice Department has agreed to reduce the government’s 25-year anti-corruption oversight of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
The agreement between Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the Teamsters, which is the dominant union in the U.S. trucking industry, would dismiss a 1988 racketeering case against the union. It must be approved by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska.
To settle racketeering charges against the union, a 1989 consent decree called for a court-appointed monitor to be installed to oversee the Teamsters’ internal affairs. The organization also agreed to change their election process to root out corruption.
Bharara said significant progress has been made to overcome the union’s corrupt past, but that the government will move ahead cautiously.
The agreement that sets up a five-year “transition period” , seeks to ensure progress made under the consent decree’s disciplinary and electoral reform provisions will be preserved while reducing the government’s oversight role over time, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Union members are also permanently prohibited from associating with organized crime groups.
The union will establish its own independent disciplinary enforcement authority through the appointment of disciplinary officers approved by the government. Following this transition period, the government may apply to the court to do away with these changes if it finds the Teamsters electoral or disciplinary systems are functioning ineffectively or that there exists systemic corruption or organized crime influence in the union.
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