Teamsters United: Moving Ahead to Defeat Hoffa-Hall in 2016

Read the new statement from Teamsters United on the 2016 election, the vote in Local 804, and what's next in the campaign to beat Hoffa-Hall.

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Statement from the Teamsters United Campaign

Teamster members want Hoffa and Hall out of office and a new direction in our International Union. Teamsters United is organizing to make that happen in the 2016 IBT election.

Our movement suffered a setback on December 15 when Tim Sylvester narrowly lost the local union election in Local 804.

We stand in solidarity with Tim Sylvester, who is a proven leader with a record of winning strong contracts and pension improvements that Hoffa-Hall could never dream to match. We are proud to have Brother Sylvester on our team.

The Teamsters United campaign is bigger than any local election or any individual. This is about 1.3 million Teamster members and the future of the labor movement—and we are not backing down.

The Teamsters United Slate has met and conferred with supporters across the country and we are making plans to move forward. We are re-evaluating which Teamsters United leaders will run for which position, and will be making announcements soon regarding changes going forward.

We expanded our slate this week with the addition of Carlos Lizarraga, a BLET rail engineer and dedicated Teamster.  We are committed to representing all crafts in our diverse union, and welcome Carlos to our leadership team!

We now have over half of our slate full, with more leaders coming on board in the weeks and months to come.   We will nominate a full slate of candidates at the IBT Convention in June.

Presently, we are gearing up for Convention Delegate races in local unions across the country, organizing local campaign committees and building a the campaign war chest it will take to win.

Teamsters United candidates are making plans to be out in the field, organizing Teamster-to-Teamster.

This campaign belongs to Teamster members. Send the campaign your ideas and get involved.


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Vote Count Update

The first day of the vote count is over. Hoffa-Hall currently have 53.4% of the vote in the East. Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United have 14,250 votes for 46.6% of the ballots counted so far. The vote count will resume on Tuesday morning. The Eastern Region will be counted, followed by the South. View local-by-local results.

Democracy Builds Teamster Power

Teamster ballots will be counted this week. As General President Fred Zuckerman will build union power the same way Teamsters United built its campaign: by informing, uniting and mobilizing members. Hoffa-Hall want Teamsters in the dark and toeing the line. That’s why our union is weak and voter turnout is low—and that’s why Hoffa-Hall have to go. 

More Hoffa-Hall Corruption Charges Filed

Corruption investigators noted Ken Hall’s “unusual tolerance” for repeated embezzlement by the Teamsters Political Director Nicole Brener-Schmitz. Now she faces corruption charges and Ken Hall faces questions about why he let it happen. 

Ken Hall Obstruction Case Heads to Court

In an escalation of the charges against Ken Hall for obstructing investigations into corruption, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has filed court papers denouncing the Hoffa-Hall administration’s actions as “unprecedented and dangerous.”

Bloomberg BNA Reports on the Teamster Election

[Re-posted from Bloomberg BNA]

The secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters intentionally withheld documents from officials who are working to root out corruption in the union, an investigator said.

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