Hoffa has promoted political operative Todd Thompson to be his Executive Assistant. Thompson replaces Willie Smith, who was removed from the position by Judge Barbara S. Jones for illegally accepting gifts from a Teamster employer.
Hoffa’s Package Division has expelled a member of the National Negotiating Committee for breaking the Information Brownout on contract negotiations. Members have a right to know about their contract. Teamsters United is not backing down.
In a show of unity, Teamsters at several locals, including some of the biggest ABF terminals, voted by 98% over the past two weeks to authorize a strike. The vote sent a signal to the company that its propaganda is not weakening rank and file solidarity.
Like a bad TV rerun, Ken Hall wants to return to primetime. Hall has begun telling people that he will run for Teamster President in 2021.
(Reprinted from The New York Times,Feb. 9, 2018) Fifty years after the Memphis strike, workers continue to risk their lives across the United States to handle garbage and recycling. The solution in 1968 was collective bargaining, and it is the solution today as well.
The Senate version of the budget bill has a provision to establish a House-Senate Joint Select Committee to propose a solution to the pension crisis for consideration by Congress in December. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) who has been a strong supporter of the pension protection movement, announced it was the best he could do.