September 22, 2011: The Hoffa administration is using members' dues money to pay for its reelection efforts. Protests have been filed with the Election Supervisor. But the best protection against Hoffa’s dues rip-off is a strong rank-and-file campaign to get out the vote for Sandy Pope.
The Hoffa administration announced plans to use members' dues to pay a mailing to every Teamster member to vote in the election. The mailing doesn’t say that voting is to democratically choose our next General President, but to show our unity to our enemies. Our outside enemies are clear, but who are the inside enemies that Hoffa is denouncing? Sandy Pope and the members across the country who support her campaign to Dump Hoffa?
Earlier this week, the Hoffa Campaign announced plans to spend members' dues money on rallies in a desperate bid to win the vote of UPS Teamsters who have turned against Hoffa-Hall for their failure to enforce the contract and stand up to production harassment at UPS.
The Hoffa Campaign is also shaking down local union officers to get them to pay for a campaign mailing to their local union membership. Officers who turn over money to the campaign get their name on a mailing to the membership. Officers who don't, get their name on Hoffa's enemies-list.
Hoffa doesn't have members to campaign for him. So he's relying on expensive mailers and propaganda, some funded with your dues, to get reelected.
Supporters of Sandy Pope and a new direction can win this election the same way we'll rebuild our union's power--by talking Teamster to Teamster and turning out the vote. Click here for more info on how you can get involved in the GOTV effort.