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Former Teamster Power-Broker’s Plea Deal: Billy Hogan Pays $10,000 Fine

June 3, 2010: Billy Hogan Jr, the former Teamster vice president and head of the Chicago Joint Council, has made a plea bargain to settle contempt charges in federal court. But he vows to continue to press for relief from the Independent Review Board’s ban on his involvement with Teamster members. On May 27 Hogan appeared in federal court in New York for approval of a settlement in which he agreed to abide by the...

Fred Gegare to Run for General President

May 28, 2010: On May 25, International Vice President Fred Gegare announced his candidacy for Teamster General President. Incumbent President James Hoffa announced his candidacy earlier, and is circulating petitions to become accredited. Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), the Teamster reform movement which backed Tom Leedham and Ron Carey in previous elections, has not yet announced a candidate or made any endorsement. Gegare, contacted about this campaign, said that “members voices are not being...

Hoffa’s Surrender

April 2, 2010: Teamsters who believe in protecting our contracts and benefits are coming together for change. If it seems like contract enforcement has never been weaker, you’re not imagining things. The Hoffa administration has given up on standing up to the employers until the recession is over—at least. Don’t take our word for it. International Union officials say so themselves. Hoffa’s point man at UPS, Ken Hall, recently announced that “2009 was not the...

LM-2 Union Financial Reports Now Available

April 2, 2010: The 2009 financial reports for Teamster locals, joint councils, conferences and the International Union are now available. The International Union form, which is 432 pages long, shows some big cuts made: Representation spending is down by 15 percent. Political activity is down 43 percent Grants to locals and strike benefit expenditures are down, too. But Hoffa took a raise. Last year his total compensation was $362,869. With members hit by wage cuts...

Teamster Political Efforts: Where the Money Goes

April 2, 2010: The Teamsters Union, like all major unions, raises voluntary political donations from members (the DRIVE program), and uses the resources to inform voters and influence legislative and regulatory measures affecting Teamster members. Unions can never match corporate money, but do spend a fair amount. The best bang for our buck is when our union mobilizes members to join in campaigns to protect our pensions and pass laws to protect workers’ rights. Do...
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Why Has Hoffa Hidden the Carhaul Contract Vote?

For the first time, the Hoffa administration has refused to reveal the local-by-local vote on a national contract. This cover-up must end: let members see the votes on the Jack Cooper contract modification which was reported ratified on September 12.

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