TDU Statement on Sean O'Brien—Fred Zuckerman Announcement

Sean O’Brien and Fred Zuckerman announced at a joint event in Boston that they will be leading a slate in the 2021 Teamster election with O’Brien running as General President and Zuckerman as General Secretary Treasurer.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union partnered with Zuckerman and other Teamsters to build the Teamsters United coalition which came within a few thousand votes of defeating Hoffa in the IBT election in 2016. Six International VPs on the Teamsters United slate were elected.

TDU urged Zuckerman to run for re-election as General President in 2021. Zuckerman opted to run for the number two position alongside O’Brien.

“Sean has shown through his leadership in New England that he knows how to unite Teamsters in action to stand up to the employers. Working together, we can put the Teamsters on the right track,” Zuckerman said in an announcement explaining his decision.

The change will spark debate and discussion among TDU members and Teamsters United activists.

O’Brien and Zuckerman were opponents in 2016 when O’Brien ran on the Hoffa slate. As an International Union Vice President and Joint Council leader, O’Brien has been a critic of TDU and an opponent of Teamster reformers. 

Following the 2016 election, O’Brien reached out to Teamsters United leaders to work together on UPS contract negotiations, the ABF contract, and other issues.

The International Union election is in 2021—three years from now. The immediate tests ahead are the fight against contract givebacks at UPS and UPS Freight and local elections where reformers are taking on Hoffa-aligned local officers.

TDU will be in these fights. Our immediate priorities are working for good contracts, reforming locals, defending pensions, and educating members and building the voice of the rank and file.

We will work with Teamsters United to pursue these goals.

TDU will make endorsements and IBT election plans at a later date.

Click here to read the announcement from Sean O’Brien and Fred Zuckerman.

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  • Thomas Pantojas
    commented 2018-06-02 07:31:27 -0400
    So TDU isn’t looking at this as some of their members are. They have been constantly bickering and drawing their lines all set to take on the world and TDU isn’t giving a blessing to this newly created arrangement !!! Wow, looks like someone doesn’t quite have their priorities straight or this situation has done both I more than cause confusion and add more friction to an already disenfranchised rank and file. Wow !!!
  • Steven Whitecross
    followed this page 2018-05-31 15:08:59 -0400
  • Michael Kimball
    commented 2018-05-31 10:03:28 -0400
    Sean is a true leader willing to stand up to the Teamster hierarchy, corporate America, politicians, no matter the personal cost. He was REMOVED from the UPS negotiations because
    he wouldn’t toe the Hoffa line. Sean spoke to loudly for the hard working men and women at
    UPS. Things are about to get very interesting in the labor movement. As a proud Local 25 member I stand by the O’Brien/Zuckerman team 100%. Let the fight begin ……..
  • Lawrence Paraday
    commented 2018-05-30 19:44:02 -0400
    As I here many members voicing there concern with the timing of announcement I believe that it was great timing hopefully leading to the closing of the UPS concession stand as Hall will be trying to save face with what’s left of Hoffa’s minions and Ups voters. O’Brien has shown by standing up to not only Ups But Hoffa himself that he will do the right things regardless his personal cost of running the UPS negotiations. Fred Zuckerman has made a good decision by partnering with O’Brien in 2021 and I can’t wait to back Teamsters United once again!
  • Chris O'Donnell
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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-30 07:25:32 -0400
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-30 07:24:35 -0400
    Am I the most ‘FLAGGED’..commentor on these posts ?
    ( Soo PROUD)!!!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-05-29 21:46:45 -0400
    This is a first..,( Comment)
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