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Teamsters & The Right to Vote

September 25, 2014: Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and the Teamster leadership, already heavily penetrated by the mob, became more and more a tool of employers.   In response, members started to demand the Right to Vote on International officers. Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) took up the challenge, and in 1989 Teamster members beat the mob and won the Right to Vote in International Union elections.   How did a grassroots movement of working Teamster beat the odds and make history? First, we...

Organizing Under Hoffa

September 25, 2014: Teamster membership loss is outpacing organizing efforts since Hoffa took office. A new report looks at Teamster organizing and what can be done to turn it around.   Teamster organizing dropped precipitously the first year that Hoffa took office—and with a few notable exceptions, it has slumped since.   Those are the findings of a new report by the Teamster Rank & File Education and Legal Defense Foundation (TRF).   To prepare the study, TRF reviewed all available organizing data from the National...

Organizing in Waste

September 24, 2014: Private sanitation is a growth industry—and as demand for a green economy expands, recycling is a growth industry too.   The Teamsters represent 30,000 members in the waste industry. But most private sanitation workers are nonunion.   The two top companies in the industry, Waste Management and Republic, are among the largest Teamster employers and control the majority of the waste and recycle industry.   Organizing drives in waste—and strategic campaigns to win strong sanitation contracts—can grow our union’s...

Port Organizing

September 24, 2014: One area where our union has made a long-term strategic commitment is the Port Worker organizing campaign.   In a global economy, workers have leverage at key points in the logistics and distribution chain-trucking, warehousing and ports—but only if we’re organized. Port workers are at a critical chokepoint in that logistics chain.   As part of the Port Organizing campaign, the union has built alliances with environmental groups and community organizations. Because almost all port drivers are wrongly classified as independent contractors,...

Making the Case for the Right to Vote

September 18, 2014: Petitions signed by more than 12,000 Teamsters are on the way to Judge Loretta Preska calling on her to rule against the Hoffa administration’s bid to end fair elections for International Union officers. TDU legal counsel, Barbara Harvey, has submitted a letter to the court defending the Right to Vote and asking the Judge to hold a hearing on the issues. Judge Preska oversees the consent order, a court-approved agreement that guarantees...
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