August 22, 2012: Chicago Teamster honcho John Coli has used his muscle to install pal Becky Strzechowski at the helm of a 12,500-member local. It's the latest power grab by Coli who has set his sights on succeeding Hoffa.
Teamster Voice 281 September/October 2012
Negotiations for the next UPS Freight contract are set to commence in late September. When the contract was signed in 2008, we were told it was only a first contract, and the big issues would be dealt with next time. Now is the time!
August 30, 2012: In 2008, when we got our first contract, the International Union told us that it was a "foot in the door" and real gains would come next time.
August 22, 2012: When Hoffa, Johnson and Sweeton proposed the first round of concessions at YRC, some of us did some research.
UPDATED August 24, 2012: Some members are hearing from reports in industry journals that ABF has made a bargaining change.
UPDATED September 4, 2012: The Southern California master grocery contract, covering 5,000 Teamsters, was ratified in October 2010. But after two years, members still can't get a copy of their contract.
August 22, 2012: It's an ugly question, but one that has to be faced. And then our union needs to take action to deal with the problem, to prevent it from happening.
UPDATED August 24, 2012: In addition to taking control of Local 700, John Coli expanded his empire this month when Joint Council 65 dissolved into Chicago Joint Council 25. Coli's JC now has another nine locals and 16,000 members.
August 22, 2012: More than 100 Teamsters lost their jobs in a corrupt union-busting deal in Louisville. They're fighting back and may be headed to victory.