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How the $100,000 Club and TDU Have Changed Teamster History

TDU, Members Beat Dues Waste, Build Power October 18, 2006. TDU began publishing the “$100,000 Club” 27 years ago. Armed with this information, and the Right to Vote, Teamsters have demanded financial reforms and won them. In 1987, Teamster President Jackie presser bagged $609,984 in multiple salaries. In today’s dollars (adjusted for inflation), that would be over $1 million. International Vice President Arnie Weinmeister made $443,612 that year. Others, like Weldon Mathis, took home $305,914....

Bloated Salaries Again on the Rise

After Reformers Curbed the Worst Excesses... October 18, 2006. Reform Teamsters, spearheaded by TDU, have succeeded in directing members’ dues money away from fat-cat salaries and into programs that build union power. But millions of dollars in members’ dues are still wasted every year on bloated salaries and a patronage scheme of multiple salaries that the Hoffa administration pays to buy political loyalty. Those are the findings of this year’s analysis of Teamster financial reports...

IRB Charges International Rep

July 28, 2006: On July 14 the Independent Review Board (IRB) charged John Kikes with a long period of purposeful association with Billy Hogan after Hogan was banned from the Teamsters in 2002. Kikes has been a Hoffa International Rep for six years and is the president of Oakland, Calif., Local 78. His boss is Local 78 Secretary-Treasurer Steve Mack, the brother of International Vice President Chuck Mack. Kikes testified under oath to the IRB...

Can Teamsters Trust This Man?

July 17, 2006: Hoffa is playing politics with UPS Bargaining and Overnite/UPS Freight. “We won it—card check, neutrality. UPS Freight. Wow!” Hoffa kicked off his reelection drive at the Teamster Convention by announcing that our union had won a card check agreement to organize UPS Freight (Overnite). Hoffa waved a document to the crowd and declared, “This agreement between the Teamsters and UPS Freight is a letter for card check and neutrality at Overnite.” The...

The High Cost of Hoffa’s PR Men

The 2005 financial reports for Teamster affiliates, including the International, are finally public. These LM-2 reports reveal for the first time the astonishing high cost of Hoffa’s PR. Three consultants alone were paid nearly two million in members’ dues money—not bad money for non-Teamsters who didn’t bargain a single contract, settle a single grievance, or organize a single member into our union. Two of the richest PR fatcats are Greg Tarpinian and Richard Leebove. Tarpinian...
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Today’s WSJ: News for ABF Teamsters

The Wall Street Journal reports today reports that truck driver wages are up “15 to 18%” and are going to go up faster, due to a shortage of qualified drivers. This news comes as the Hoffa administration says ABF drivers should be happy with raises from 1.2% to 1.8% per year.

What It Means to Vote No

The company’s first offer falls short of what can be won at the bargaining table. If a majority of ABF Teamsters Vote No, it will send our union negotiators back to the table with a mandate to get a better offer. Talk with your fellow Teamsters and download Vote No bulletins here to spread the word. 

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