Tyson Johnson’s Pension Flip-Flop

Tyson Johnson, Hoffa’s Freight Director, directed every local to support the Central States pension cut plan. Now he’s taking credit for defeating the cuts that he supported. That’s one Texas-sized flip-flop. 


Hoffa VP Tyson Johnson has issued a letter taking credit for the Treasury Department’s rejection of the Central States pension cuts plan. 

There’s just one problem: Johnson supported the pension cut plan. In fact, he instructed every local official to back the pension cuts at a meeting of local unions on April 8, 2015.

Johnson’s own Dallas Local 745 followed up by holding a series of meetings telling members to support the cuts.

That was then. This is now.

After TDU and the pension movement organized thousands of retirees to protest the cuts and the Treasury Department rejected the cuts, flip-flopper Johnson issued a letter taking all the credit for himself and Hoffa and attacking those who did the heavy-lifting.

But the Treasury Department tells a different story. Kenneth Feinberg, the man charged with making the decision, congratulated “retirees for reaching out to us and making sure that their voices were heard.”

Feinberg didn’t mention Johnson or any other Hoffa administration flip-floppers who backed the Central States pension cuts until they didn’t.

The fight to save Teamster pensions continues. Johnson’s support of the cause would be welcome; his press releases, not so much.

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  • Stephanie McAllister
    followed this page 2016-08-31 12:42:10 -0400
  • Joe Gronek
    commented 2016-05-12 17:59:02 -0400
    Brother Johnson works 24/7 on behalf of our membership. I know this for a fact. There were many people all working toward protecting the pensions of our hardworking membership to include Brothers Hoffa, Hall and Johnson. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, our current and retired members were also instrumental. Is TDU that desperate that they have to use this issue for internal politics in order to question the integrity and character of Tyson who has been and active member for the last 40 years? You are showing your desparation Fred….see you and in Vegas.
  • larry mcmullen
    commented 2016-05-11 12:11:00 -0400
    It is so amazing how you were banned from working from certain jobs after retiring.
  • Veronica M Norton
    commented 2016-05-11 09:38:31 -0400
    I was in meetings at our local where members were asked to accept the cuts. When i ask questions, was even told it doesnt effect me with ups freight. I said it effects us ALL the door has been cracked. I am so proud of our retirees and ALL involved that put a stop to this. Retirees should be able to vote!
  • Steven Lopriore
    commented 2016-05-10 20:13:35 -0400
    Aholes! Both have to go!!!
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2016-05-10 19:04:46 -0400
    If one is on both sides of an issue. It’s a win win,although a bit schziophrenic.
  • Lori Essig
    commented 2016-05-10 16:34:38 -0400
    You active guys know what to do. You need to vote every single stinking liar out of office. Too bad we retirees are no longer allowed to vote. Since stuff still affects us we should still be able to. The PTB know we are still take no prisoners tough and would have struck to stop some of the sh*t from happening.
  • bob krouse
    commented 2016-05-10 16:13:06 -0400
    Our LOCAL said they were not to do ANYTHING to help retirees.
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