United Action Slate Scores Rhode Island Victory!

October 31, 2013: The 5,000 Teamsters of Rhode Island today elected a new team of officers to lead their local forward, in a major reform win.

The election posed a contest between the "old guard" led by incumbent Joe Bairos, and a younger reform team led by UPS driver Matt Taibi and Rhode Island Hospital worker Paul Santos to lead Local 251.

All ten candidates on the United Action slate were victorious, and will take office on January 1 as the new union officers and representatives.

Bairos, who made salaries of $187,999 in 2012, is an officer with the New England Joint Council and on the International Union payroll, as well as the head of Local 251. His campaign featured a barrage of negative attacks against the challengers and against TDU, the reform Teamster movement.

In the United Action campaign literature, Taibi stated that, "For too long, Local 251 officials have run our union to benefit themselves, instead of the members. United Action will put the power of our union behind the membership to fight for better contracts and stand up to employers who are violating our rights."

Local 251 has Teamsters working at dozens of employers. The largest is Rhode Island Hospital, and others include UPS, First Student, Frito Lay, Bradford Soap, Fall River DPW, freight and delivery companies.


Congratulations to Local 251 for voting for new slate despite threats from the incumbents.It shows when u run a good and honest campaign people will do the right thing.

Fantastic news! Hopefully this is the start of something that goes all the way to the IBT general president election in 2015!

History was made in Local 251 on October 30, 2013. The United Action Slate was elected to take control of our Union. The cash cows that ran our local previously are being put out to pasture on January 1st! Bravo to all of the United Action Slate and all their supporters! Democracy has spoken! I've waited 30 years to see it happen and now it has. Thank you all for letting me witness the classiest campaign ever. Through all the mudslinging and lies by the incumbents the United Action Slate kept it clean and justice prevailed. I am so proud of all of you and I know TDU is as well!

Congratulations to the United Action Slate. Hopefully this is a start to take back the Teamster Union and give it back to the membership. We need to put trucking back as the core of the Teamsters.

Congratulations United Action Slate! In the end justice prevailed!

Your fellow Teamster,

Martin Araujo, Local 315, Cordelia Ca.