John Kline, the Minnesota congressman that snuck through the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MEPRA) as part of the omnibus spending bill in 2014, is at it again. MEPRA allowed Central States and other Funds in “critical status” to propose drastic cuts to earned benefits.
Teamsters United has filed a post-election protest, detailing widespread violations by the Hoffa-Hall Campaign. Teamsters United calls for the election, which has not been certified, to be rerun.
TDU members speak out on continuing to build the momentum from the Teamsters United campaign. Teamsters are making plans to expand organizing committees, fight concessions, network in their areas, hold Teamsters United events and run for local office. Hear their ideas and share yours.
International Vice President Rome Aloise has again obtained a postponement of his trial on devastating corruption charges. The postponement is due to the fact that the Independent Review Officer (IRO), who serves as the judge, retired and now the vacancy must be filled.
The headline says it all, “Hoffa Retains Teamsters Union Presidency — Fewer Concessions Ahead?” The National Law Review reports the near-win for Fred Zuckerman in the Teamster election may put Hoffa-Hall under pressure to cough up fewer contract givebacks in the future.
Hoffa’s Executive Assistant Willie Smith has been charged with taking thousands of dollars in illegal gifts from a Teamster employer who gave him tickets to the Playboy Super Bowl Party in exchange for contract concessions.
Employers play divide and conquer to keep workers from uniting and having more power. Some Hoffa-Hall officials play divide-and-conquer too. This weekend it was Teamsters Canada’s Francois Laporte’s turn when he tried to pit Canadian and U.S. Teamsters against each other.
[Re-posted from Teamsters United]
As the ballots were tallied this week, we shocked the employers and the Hoffa-Hall slate and won the majority of the vote from Teamsters in the United States. Hoffa-Hall overtook our lead when the Teamsters Canada ballots were counted.