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Hoffa Cuts Representation, Not Salaries

September 28, 2010: The International Union is losing members, losing revenue, and cutting organizers and representation. Teamster members are sacrificing to save our jobs and our union. Why aren’t top officials doing the same? Pensions cuts. Layoffs. Pay cuts. The Great Recession has hit working Teamsters hard. And our union has been hit hard, too. We’ve lost some 100,000 members and dues revenue is down. Our locals and our International are feeling the pinch. But...

Had Enough of Hoffa?

September 28, 2010: Teamster members can elect leadership that will fight for us. Members are organizing now to make it happen in 2011. Tough times require tough leadership. Our Teamsters Union was once known for its toughness. Today members face the worst benefit cuts and contract concessions in our history. When he ran for General President, Hoffa told Teamster members, “The Hoffa name means power.” But the only power we’ve seen is the power that...

Hoffa's Record In Freight

In 2003, Hoffa boasted, “Today we have restored Teamster pride. We have restored Teamster power....” What's his real record in freight? Pensions in Danger Hoffa promised to strengthen our pensions. Now his promises have turned into excuses. Weak Enforcement It’s not enough that YRC Teamsters gave up wages and pension contributions. Our union is letting management get away with subcontracting, forced overtime with hundreds laid off, and dubious changes of operation. Growth Industry, Shrinking Union...

IBT Race Is Wide Open

August 11, 2010: Dumped by his top running mate. His administration divided. Hoffa’s days may be numbered. But only if Teamster members organize to make it happen. Poor Jim Hoffa. Twelve years after riding his famous last name into office, it’s clear to even his closest allies that James P. Hoffa is not his father. Hoffa’s top running mate, Tom Keegel, has announced his retirement and publicly stated that the union is on the wrong...

Keegel Defects, Rocks Hoffa’s Re-Election Campaign

The defection of Tom Keegel, Hoffa’s running mate, from the Hoffa re-election campaign has sent shock waves through the Teamster political scene. In a July 15 letter to the General Executive Board, Keegel distanced himself from Hoffa, and criticized Hoffa’s direction and isolation from local officers and members. He plans to serve out his term and then retire in early 2012. The letter states that “continuing down the same road as the IBT has traveled...
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