• National Legal and Policy Center
In 1993, during a multi-state UMW strike by some 17,000 workers, he explicitly called for beating mine operators and non-striking employees. Trumka's goon squads vandalized homes, fired shots at a mine office, cut off power to a mine (temporarily trapping more than 90 miners), and rationalized, after the fact, a cold-blooded murder of a non-striking worker. In 1998, he refused to answer questions following a mass assault and battery by union loyalists against protestors at a Bentleyville, Pa. rally that he and UMW President Cecil Roberts had attended.
But Trumka, a trained lawyer, has done more than give union violence a free pass. He's also been involved in corruption. Trumka was involved in two of the money-laundering schemes that helped re-elect Teamsters General President Ron Carey over rival James P. Hoffa in 1996. In his report disqualifying Carey from holding office, Teamsters Election Officer Kenneth Conboy concluded that Trumka had laundered $150,000 from the Teamsters through the AFL-CIO to a political advocacy group, Citizen Action, which in turn routed $100,000 of the money to the Carey campaign. Conboy also concluded Trumka participated in another illegal scheme in which he either contributed or solicited $50,000 in order to bankroll the Carey campaign. National Legal and Policy Center in 2000 filed a formal complaint with the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court requesting that the board disbar Trumka from practicing law.
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