The O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United Slate has won a runaway victory in the Central Region with more than 70% of the vote. The results are a mandate for a new direction for our union.
The margins in major locals have been overwhelming, including: Louisville Local 89, Chicago Locals 705 and 710, Minneapolis Local 120, Indianapolis Local 135, Kansas City Local 41, Omaha Local 554, St. Louis Local 688, Columbus Local 413, Cincinnati Local 100, Cleveland Local 407, and Detroit Local 299.
Members in each of these locals voted by 80% to 95% for Teamsters United. More locals, large and small, voted for OZ-Teamsters United by similar margins.
OZ-Teamsters United has now swept both the South and Central with more than 70% of the vote.
“Teamsters want an International Union that mobilizes members to take on the boss,” said Local 705 Teamsters United campaign coordinator and TDU co-chair Dave Bernt.
“Our campaign used a rank-and-file army to take that message to the members in Chicago. That’s how we won 95% of the vote in Local 705 and doubled the average national voter turnout. We had one candidate in our Joint Council. Vairma had three including the head of the Joint Council. We’re winning with rank-and-file power. That’s the story of Chicago and the story of this election.”
Vairma-Herrera Misread the Members
Many OZ supporters expected a Teamsters United victory. But a wipeout of this proportion reveals how out of touch the Vairma-Herrera Slate was with the rank and file.
Vairma-Herrera embraced Hoffa’s endorsement and the employer-friendly approach that has alienated members.
The result? Vairma slate members Terry Hancock of Chicago Local 731, Nina Bugbee of Michigan Local 332, and Brian Aldes of Minnesota Local 320 struggled to win their own locals and could only turn out 10% to 13% of the vote.
Vairma Slate member Chris Tongay of St. Louis Local 688 could not even carry his home local. Running mate Mike Cales of Chicago Local 710 also went down in defeat.
In Hoffa’s home local of Pontiac Local 614, there were just 11 votes for Vairma.
Votes Are Being Counted
Congratulations to Teamster United candidates Tom Erickson, Avral Thompson, and Danny Avelyn, who are cruising to victory as Regional VPs for the Central Region.
The vote count will move on next to the East, West, and finally Canada.
The count is being conducted by the staff of an independent Election Supervisor and is expected to be completed by this Friday, November 19.