Carhaul Leader Joins Leedham Slate

January 30, 2006: John Thyer, the secretary-treasurer of St. Louis Local 604 and an experienced union leader, has joined the Tom Leedham Strong Contracts, Good Pensions Slate to help strengthen and rebuild the IBT Carhaul Division and the Teamsters Union as a whole.

“Under Hoffa, we’ve got a shrinking union and shrinking Teamster power,” Thyer said. “Hoffa has lost touch with the members and cut local officers out of the loop.”

Thyer has been outspoken against weak enforcement of the national carhaul contract, a lack of effective organizing, and concessions that the Hoffa administration has given the employers that violate the contract and have locals underbidding each other. Stewards and members from other locals often rely on him for help.

Thyer considered a run for Teamster President, but met with Tom Leedham and decided to team up with Tom and his slate. He’s been a Teamster for 31 years and principal officer of Local 604 for 12 years. “I look forward to taking this campaign to the Teamster members. They know this union is headed in the wrong direction."

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