September 18, 2009: There’s been a little shake-up at Teamster headquarters. Whether it will mean anything positive for members remains to be seen.
Leo Deaner, Hoffa’s Executive Assistant, and Todd Thompson, another Hoffa assistant, have been ousted and demoted to be field representatives. Thompson was also Hoffa’s Campaign Manager. Both Deaner and Thompson are known for arrogance in their relationship with members and Teamster officers.
The move comes about after a group of International Vice Presidents met about problems in the Hoffa administration, and demanded changes. Hoffa is trying to quell dissent with the demotions. We have not heard who will replace them.
Both Deaner and Thompson will continue to be living high on the hog, but will probably need to do a little belt-tightening. As Executive Assistant, Deaner bagged $190,784 in salary last year.
Will these changes mean anything to Teamsters struggling to maintain their contracts and benefits? Will they mean anything to Teamster officers and members working to restore Teamster pride and power?
We think it will take a lot more than a little shake up in Hoffa’s inner circle.
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