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Teamsters leader accused of intimidating voters

New England’s most powerful Teamsters leader is facing a likely suspension from his post after an independent oversight board accused him of threatening to retaliate against union members running against his preferred candidates in a hotly contested union election in Rhode Island.

Sean O’Brien, head of Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown and president of a council that handles Teamsters disputes throughout New England, reportedly told union members during an election rally that opponents of Joe Bairos, secretary-treasurer of Providence’s Local 251 and an O’Brien ally, were harming the union’s strength and stability.

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