Saw Paul "I would never run on the same Ticket with Chris Toole" Markwitz the other day and he was looking a little green around the gills. Maybe this extended DOL Investigation is finally getting to him. It's obvious that the DOL is on to something or they would not have decided to extend their investigation. Word on the street is that one if not both of the Election Supervisors (and i use that term loosely) Karen Wells and Jackie Hopkins, have flipped and are cooperating with the DOL. Sounds about right. Also heard on the street: Ed Keyser and John Schmitt both just "retired" their positions with the IBT. Coincidence ? I think not fellow Members. Those two had it too good to leave voluntarily. Could Criminal charges be coming for Laurel and Hardy ? We can only hope so. In any event Paul tried to strike up a conversation with a few of our Members and they literally turned their back on him. I heard the same thing happened when he approached one of our Members at the Webster Carnival. Hey Paul, Karma is a nasty *****.
The majority of members at Kraft either don't read the union communications board or have zero clue about this issue. Toole is NOT going to get Kraft in an election. It has been made very clear who has been screwing the members over. Kraft faces have seen the light at union meetings. A 37 year employee terminated...........that move really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Chris Toole, come out to Kraft for hot dogs. We would love to ask you where our new contracts are and our raises!!!
One of the guys that works at the Wegmans Warehouse, which is on my route and I recently had a conversation. It went something like this, we were just talking about all the BS we have to face going to work every day and he said that they were supposed to be union there but his steward could only do so much if the Business Agent won't return calls. So I asked them what union and he told me Local 118 Teamsters- what a coincidence because I am a member of 118 too and I have my own stories to tell, but I can certainly sympathize. My steward is left in the dark too, how is he supposed to handle everything? And he is my friend too, he even told me he opened the ballot box and dropped some contract votes in that Chris Toole said came from the other side of the building. When I finally heard about www.christoole.com I thought "OMG it's the same guy." and soiled my trousers. Around the garage we call our stewards Business Agents because the real BA's only come around for contracts and elections, otherwise you never see them.
I can totally sympathize with the unresolved grievances, not returning phone calls. Personally, I called the hall once and Toole DID call me back, but all he said was to take it to my steward and not jump the chain of command. Like what do I pay dues for, so he can post about golf tournaments on Facebook? Instead of resolving some grievances?
Post by drigorbrewski on Jul 30, 2014 8:19:12 GMT -5
You have to admit Toole is trying to rustle up some votes from Kraft, trying to sway everyone emotionally. Let's read what the court had to say instead of Toole's assurance that the court found no merit, that is his standard stock response to any lawsuit. The only alternative is admitting he was guilty, so what do you think he is going to say? What does Camelio's lawsuit have to do with Kraft, why is Toole trying to redeem himself there. They aren't going to forget being told to vote yes or give up retroactive. They aren't going to forget this contract, you think hot dogs will make nice? Please, Chris. We know you are worried about the election, your bulletin board postings prove it.
Thanks to investigative work by Members of the Road to the Future Slate, they found a copy of a letter that the DOL sent to Chris Toole concerning several financial improprieties that their Audit found. This Audit found, among other things, that Toole failed to properly document expenditures made for Meals and Travel Expenses. This Audit occurred in 2008 and we're just finding out about it now ?! Why weren't the results of this Audit ever shared with our Membership by Chris Toole or Steve Mazza ? The answer to that question is pretty obvious: Mazza let Toole do whatever he want and keeping us in the dark was their standard M.O. With nobody to keep Toole in check, its pretty easy to see how he spent $200,000.00 of our Dues money on Food, Drink and Travel related Expenses in a 5 year period of time !!! It's time we put a stop to Chris Toole using our Treasury like his own personal Piggy Bank. We look forward to a favorable ruling from the DOL on the RTTF Slate's Election Protest and a NEW ELECTION so we can get rid of Chris Toole and his corrupt handling of our Local's Treasury !
Employment Standards Administration Office of Labor-Management Standards Buffalo District Office 130 South Elmwood Avenue Room 510 Buffalo, NY 14202-2465 (716)842-2900 Fax: (716)842-2901
January 28, 2008
Mr. Christopher Toole, Secretary Treasurer Teamsters Local Union 118 130 Metro Park Rochester, NY 14623
LM File Number: 001-802 Case Number: ||||||||||
Dear Mr. Toole:
This office has recently completed an audit of Teamster Local Union 118 under the Compliance Audit Program (CAP) to determine your organization’s compliance with the provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA). As discussed during the exit interview with President Steven Mazza, Bookkeeper Sharon Johnson, and yourself on January 24, 2008, the following problems were disclosed during the CAP. The matters listed below are not an exhaustive list of all possible problem areas since the audit conducted was limited in scope.
Title II of the LMRDA establishes certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Section 206 requires, among other things, that labor organizations maintain adequate records for at least five years by which each receipt and disbursement of funds, as well as all account balances, can be verified, explained, and clarified. As a general rule, labor organizations must maintain all records used or received in the course of union business.
For disbursements, this includes not only original bills, invoices, receipts, vouchers, and applicable resolutions, but also documentation showing the nature of the union business requiring the disbursement, the goods or services received, and the identity of the recipient(s) of the goods or services. In most instances, this documentation requirement can be satisfied with a sufficiently descriptive expense receipt or invoice. If an expense receipt is not sufficiently descriptive, a union officer or employee should write a note on it providing the additional information. For money it receives, the labor organization must keep at least one record showing the date, amount, purpose, and source of that money. The labor organization must also retain bank records for all accounts.
The audit of Teamsters Local 118’s records for fiscal year 2007 revealed the following recordkeeping violations:
1. Meal Expenses
Local 118 did not require officers and employees to submit itemized receipts for almost all meal expenses totaling at least $5,000. The union must maintain itemized receipts provided by restaurants to officers and employees. These itemized receipts are necessary to determine if such disbursements are for union business purposes and to sufficiently fulfill the recordkeeping requirement of LMRDA Section 206.
Furthermore, on occasion, Local 118’s records of meal expenses were not supported with any documentation, except the credit card statement. For example, the union failed to retain several receipts from Mark’s Pizzeria totaling at least $303. Also, many receipts were not retained for meals purchased at Tully’s Restaurant totaling at minimum $200. Union records of meal expenses must include not only the itemized receipt but also written explanations of the union business conducted and the full names and titles of all persons who incurred the restaurant charges.
2. Credit Card Expenses
Local 118 did not retain adequate documentation for credit card expenses incurred by all officers of the local assigned a credit card totaling at least an additional $3,000. Many of these unretained receipts were for gas purchases made with union credit card for union owned automobiles. In addition, there were several missing invoices for hotel stays at various locations.
As previously noted above, labor organizations must retain original receipts, bills, and vouchers for all disbursements. The president and treasurer (or corresponding principal officers) of your union, who are required to sign your union’s LM report, are responsible for properly maintaining union records.
3. Information not Recorded in Meeting Minutes
Section 14 of the union’s bylaws outlines that the duties of the Executive Board are to authorize expenses and reimbursements of expenses for Officers, subject to the approval of the membership. In October 2007, Recording Secretary Ronald Hill attended Contract Negotiations for the Freight Division in Arizona which extended over a period of one month; however there was no reference in either the executive board or membership meeting minutes requesting authorization for his travel expenses. The minutes of the meetings prior to the travel do not contain any reference to this issue. Minutes of all membership or executive board meetings must report any disbursement authorizations made at those meetings. In addition, all meeting minutes should provide sufficient detail surrounding the discussions made at those meetings.
Based on your assurance that the union will retain adequate documentation in the future, OLMS will take no further enforcement action at this time regarding the above violations.
The audit disclosed a violation of LMRDA Section 201(b), which requires labor organizations to file annual financial reports accurately disclosing their financial condition and operations. The Labor Organization Annual Report (Form LM-2) filed by Teamsters Local 118 for fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 was deficient in the following areas:
1. Automobile Expenses
Local 118 did not include in the amounts reported in Schedule 11 (All Officers and Disbursements to Officers) and Schedule 12 (Disbursements to Employees) disbursements for the operation and maintenance of union automobiles totaling at least $8,184. This amount for gasoline purchased at Exxon Mobil was erroneously reported on Schedule 18, General Overhead. In addition, gasoline was purchased at other locations, not necessarily in an amount high enough for itemization on the report. Therefore, additional operating and maintenance costs of the union automobiles were included in all other disbursements on the Detailed Summary Page for Schedule 18.
The LM-2 instructions provide two methods for reporting automobile-related expenses. The union must report in Schedules 11 and 12 direct and indirect disbursements for the operation and maintenance of union owned and leased vehicles and the operation and maintenance of vehicles owned by union personnel (including gasoline, repairs, and insurance). The union may divide the expenses and report them in Columns F and G based on miles driven for union business (supported by mileage logs) compared with miles driven for personal use.
Alternatively, rather than allocating the expenses between Columns F and G, if 50 percent or more of an officer's or an employee's use of a vehicle was for official business, the union may report all of the expenses relative to the vehicle assigned to the officer or employee in Column F of Schedule 11 or 12 with an explanation in Item 69 (Additional Information) that the officer or employee used the vehicle part of the time for personal business. Similarly, if a vehicle assigned to an officer or employee was used less than 50 percent of the time for business, all of the expenses relative to that vehicle may be reported in Column G with an explanation in Item 69 that the officer or employee used the vehicle partly for official business.
2. Transfer of Funds
On the report, Local 118 included fund transfers that were made from the union’s main checking account to the building corporation for rent payments. Since all funds from both parties are included on one annual report, it is not necessary to include such transfers.
I am not requiring that Local 118 file an amended LM-2 report for fiscal year 2006 to correct the deficient items, but as agreed, the union will properly report the deficient items on all future reports it files with OLMS.
Inventory of Fixed Assets
As discussed with you during course of the compliance audit and during the exit interview, it is recommended that the union maintain an inventory list of its assets. You agreed to compile such a list and provide a copy to OLMS once completed.
I want to extend my personal appreciation to Teamsters Local 118 for the cooperation and courtesy extended during this compliance audit. I strongly recommend that you make sure this letter and any compliance assistance materials provided to you are passed on to future officers. If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to call.
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cc: Stephen Schmitz, CPA 1049 Britton Rd. Rochester, NY 14616
I think they should make a few more banners, hang them from busy overpasses, like Jefferson Rd & 390, Lehigh Station, even bridges going over the NYS Thruway. We could paint our cars and drive around, we could have lawn signs like politicians. There are so many things we can do, first we should sticker the barns in honor of Scott Maslyn. Poor Tool is losing his marbles, he isn't even talking about panties anymore- that didn't work, now all he has left is fake laughing. Expect to see/hear more of us as the 29th gets closer, Chris.
Maybe Meadows can post the check from toole and the letters on here or WWW.CHRISTOOLE.COM. I hear that a lot of members from different barns are starting to get letters saying that they are in arrears and owe crazy amounts.
Post by dockworker on Jul 29, 2014 10:57:18 GMT -5
THAT'S FUNNY JOSPER, HOW DID YOU DO AGAINST MEADOWS?? I HEARD YOU HAD TO COUGH UP $339.00 BIG ONES, PLUS YOU TRIED TO SCREW HIM FOR AN OUTRAGEOUS AMOUNT FOR UNION DUES, ARREARS AND FINES. FROM WHAT I HEAR HE SENT A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT, YOU, YOUR ATTORNEY, AND HIS ATTORNEY, AND YOU BACK PEDALED LIKE LANCE ARMSTRONG!! I'M GUESSING THE OTHER MISC. CHARGES WERE WAIVED BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE KNEW ABOUT YOUR SCAM LETTER. WERE YOU TRYING TO RECOOP WHAT YOU LOST IN COURT TO HIM? DON'T WORRY WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND AND TEAM MARKWITS IS GOING TO GET EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE. JAIL TIME!!
HEY WEGMAN EMPLOYEE'S DID YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO STOP HAVING YOUR DUES TAKEN OUT OF YOUR CHECK WEEKLY? CHECK WITH HR DEPT. THERE IS A CERTAIN TIME OF THE YEAR IT CAN BE DONE. THEN YOU PAY THEM ONCE A MONTH. ( IF THEY DO THEIR JOB) IT ISN'T JUST WEGMANS ALL THE EMPLOYEES IN LOCAL 118 HAVE THAT RIGHT!!!!
CHRIS TOOL AND PAUL PUPETWITZ CAUSED THE LOSE OF THE PENSION WITH THEIR POLITICAL TRUSTESHIP!!!!!!!! THEY HAVE WON NO GRIEVANCES AT WEGMANS ALLOWED OUT SOURCING UP THE ASS "DAVE WILERT" TEAM PUPPETOWITZ. CAUSED THE SHUTTLE JOBS THAT DIDN'T MATERIALIZE, WE ARE LOOSING MONEY THANKS TO YOU AND TRASH, "LESS DUES FOR YOU TO PISS AWAY." BILL ALLEN IS HATED AT WEGMANS AND IS IN CONTAMINANT. THE MANAGEMENT LAUGH'S AT HIM EVERYDAY. TOOL COULDN'T WIN AN ELECTION AGAINST A DOG CATCHER. TOOLS OWN FATHER TRIED TO BURN THE HOUSE DOWN WITH TOOL IN IT EVEN HE NEW YOU WERE A LOOSER.. TRUTH HURTS CHRIS. TOOL YOU SUCK AT BASEBALL. IF YOU ARE SO INNOCENT AS YOU PROCLAIM THAN RELEASE YOUR PHONE RECORDS FOR US TO SEE?????? HOW AB0UT YOUR BOY FRIEND TRISH HOW ABOUT SHE RELEASE HER PHONE RECORDS? i HERD TODAY THAT THE FACTS ABOUT VANTUCCI GATE WILL BE COMING OUT AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU AND HERE WERE DOING. CHRIS TOOL IS A SPENDER SPENDER OF OTHER PEOPLES MONEY.
Sociopaths usually have a rule that they have to tell you what they are doing in advance, it is one of Tool's glaring weaknesses as a matter of fact. Tool chose the Josper handle for a reason, maybe he is planning on using union funds to buy a commercial grill, either for his own personal use, or use in his "Feed the F out of you campaign tour". But, yes, Josper is the name of a commercial oven/grill company. Will the Josper oven fit in the Zweiglemobile? Guess you'll have to use a new handle since we discovered your dirty little secret, Chris.
So then it begs the question why you are so jubilant, Chris. You really believe you are in control of this whole process? Is that why you are out there campaigning on the clock? Is that why you spent almost $200,000 on new vehicles. You are just proving everything we say about you, admit it, we have reduced you to a laughing hyena who really isn't laughing, but merely telling yourself you are laughing. How is Dolly treating you? How about we start hanging up more christoole.com banners so you can get caught stealing them and be forced to pay.
Yes, Josper is the newest facet of Tool's manic-depressive schizophrenia. Who sounds like an idiot cackling? You aren't even calling us ladies anymore, you aren't talking about Mr. Prepaid, you are losing your marbles, and it's all because of your ghostposting. You are losing your marbles, not us, wait until the Dolly perp walk and you'll see. Tick Tock.
There is nothing wrong with the TDU. They have some on the most educated and honest union members in the entire teamsters organization. I was a member for years. I was able to attend one convention, many seminars and I purchased books on everything to running for Local Union Office, how to file and pursue grievances, to books on relevant labor laws. If anyone thinks that the Teamsters are going to get better on their own look no farther than Toole. When elections and the IRB are gone people like Toole will look like boy scouts. The union will be full of organized crime again. We are FAR from ridding this union of the mob. If more people took advantage of the resources that TDU offers, they would be more prepared to fight Toole and the other DUMMIES running Local #118.