January 18, 2011: We Would Never Do That, Swore Hoffa and Hall.
"Ken Paff argues the [Central States] pension plan is worth saving. He’s afraid, though, that the Teamsters may be willing to give it up to get UPS Freight employees, who are not unionized, into the Teamsters fold.
"However, the Teamsters say they have no intention of pursuing that strategy.
"‘It would be ludicrous for us to even consider trading away something in a 240,000-member contract in exchange for us getting 15,000 new members,’ said Ken Hall, co-chairman of the Teamsters UPS National Negotiating Committee."
Reprinted from the Aug. 28, 2007 issue of Traffic World:
One month after claiming they would never “even consider” trading givebacks to UPS to get UPS Freight , Ken Hall and James Hoffa did exactly that.
Hoffa and Hall let UPS pull 44,000 Teamsters out of the Teamster Central States Pension Fund, gave away the language that requires UPS to create more full-time jobs, and gave Brown a five-year freeze on the base wage of part-timers.
In exchange, they got the green light to organize UPS Freight under a substandard agreement.
Did Hoffa and Hall sell out Teamsters for their own political gain? Did they lie about it? Would they do it again?
You be the judge.