UTU Internal Trial  

UTU to hear charges against seven officers

The United Transportation Union announced that its Executive Board will conduct internal trials of seven of officers charged with "improper conduct" relative to the proposed merger of the UTU and the Steel Metal Workers International Association. That merger was blocked on Dec.27 by a federal court restraining order, which has been extended until early May. UTU said the concurrent trials of International Vice Presidents John W. Babler, Vic Baffoni, Roy G. Bolling, J.R. Cumby, John D. Fitzgerald, and C. A. Iannone are scheduled to begin April 28 in Cleveland. The trial of National Legislative Director James Brunkenhoefer
is set to begin May 5 in Cleveland.

In issuing the restraining order, U.S District Judge John Adam found that UTU members had not been given sufficient information for making an informed decision on the proposed meager, which would create the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART).

This is an internal trial. What exactly does an internal trial look like? Is it like a regular trial, a courts martial, or is it like one of those tribunals we've been holding in Gitmo?

This should be very interesting.


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