James P. Hoffa announced today that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2021, in a memo to Teamster officers, locals and staff.
Just hours later, Steve Vairma announced his candidacy for Teamster President. Vairma is the Secretary Treasurer of Denver Local 455, the President of Joint Council 3, an IBT vice president and the director of the IBT Warehouse Division.
Corrupt Teamster Vice President Rome Aloise faces new charges for racketeering, retaliation, and knowingly bringing harm to a Teamster. His days as a Teamster are numbered.
Hoffa is retiring as General President at the end of next year, and he wants to take Teamster democracy with him. Last week, Hoffa told the press about a plan to block contested elections for International Union office, beginning in 2026. We can’t let that happen.
Teamster members won’t vote for International Union officers until 2021, but the election is officially underway. An impartial Election Supervisor has been appointed and election rules have been proposed.
New Penn – YRC’s eastern regional carrier -- has proposed a change of operations that will create regional “velocity centers” and replace some road bids with the Utility Employee classification. New Penn proposes creating three regional velocity centers in Newburgh, NY, Scranton, PA, and Camp Hill, PA.