June 26, 2011: The Teamster Convention begins tomorrow, Monday June 27, and thousands of Delegates, Alternates, and guests are arriving now in Las Vegas.
Hoffa is planning a five day campaign rally—but he is not planning any major changes to the Teamster Constitution.
A review of the Constitution Committee’s report shows that they are recommending almost no changes to the Teamster Constitution.
For members, no news from Hoffa is good news. At past conventions, Hoffa has rammed through dues increases and raised meal reimbursements for officials.
Changes for the better would be most welcome—but Hoffa will have majority control of the Convention and could block those.
“Hoffa knows he’s in trouble. He knows members and many delegates are not happy with him, so he’s not trying to make a power grab like he’s done before,” said John Youngermann, a Convention Delegate from St. Louis Local 688.
“That’s a good thing. By running a strong campaign, Sandy Pope is already defending members’ rights under the Constitution.”
Sandy Pope’s campaign for Teamster President is at the Convention and held a Meet and Greet today for delegates.
On Thursday, Delegates will vote to nominate Sandy Pope to run against Hoffa for Teamster General President.
TDU will be posting regular updates from the Teamster Convention all this week.