July 19, 2013: What is the Hoffa administration's plan for the rejected supplements? Will members be consulted about what should be changed in the rejected supplements? Will the IBT heed the call to re-do the defective vote?
So far, members have heard nothing from the administration except lies and threats.
After we received reports of ballot problems and questions from numerous members, including observers at the vote count, TDU Attorney Barbara Harvey requested detailed information based on the certification of the vote results. That was on July 12. No response has been received to date.
Local officers have heard nothing about what will be renegotiated (if anything!) in the rejected supplements, including the Central Region cartage and road supplements, the Carolina road supplement, etc. Members expect reasonable changes, in line with the supplemental rejections and big No vote.
What is trickling down to ABF Teamsters from Hoffa is a bunch of lies and threats. The latest one is that on August 1, Teamsters could lose their health coverage. Baloney. The August 1 health fund increase of 50¢ will be paid up retroactively to the H&W funds; even leaders of doubtful competence should be able to handle this issue.
ABF Teamsters have paid their dues in more ways than one. They are going to take a wage cut of about $5,000 per year. They deserve respect and support from the International union, not lies and threats.
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