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Southern Locals Paying $1.7 Million for Multiple Pensions

March 25, 2010: Every local in the South is being forced to pay tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to bankroll big extra pensions for Teamster officials. It’s a case of misusing union members’ money to provide outsized perks to officials, instead of to build our Teamsters Union. The locals are paying about $1.7 million this year to the Southern Region of Teamsters Pension Fund, which covers only the full-time officers and staff of...

Local 82 Members Will Clean Up Their Union

February 26, 2010: On trial for assaulting a member. Caught using thugs to dole out jobs under a sham contract. Under grand jury investigation. IBT Trade Show Director John Perry is out of control. But Hoffa tells members there’s nothing he can do. John Perry and JoJo BurhoeThe International Union’s Trade Show Division Director is on trial for assaulting a member after he filed a grievance. So is his number one enforcer, a violent criminal...

More Shake-Ups at the International

February 2, 2010: The IBT has added one new International Vice President and is preparing to lose another, Central Region VP Pat Flynn. Rick Middleton was sworn in as the new Western Region Vice President on Jan. 27. Middleton was appointed to replace Jim Santangelo, of Los Angeles, who retired in disgrace after TDU revealed that the union paid $500,000 to secretly settle a sexual harassment lawsuit involving him. Middleton is the Secretary-Treasurer of Local...

Appointments to the GEB Change Faces But Not Much Else

January 18, 2010: The newest appointee to the General Executive Board (GEB) of the Teamsters Union is Al Mixon, of Cleveland. There have been five vacancies in the union’s top body in the past year, providing an opportunity to add some innovative and diverse leadership, but Hoffa has for the most part appointed more of the in-crowd. Mixon replaces Carroll Haynes of New York, who retired as head of Local 237 in 2007, but held...

“It’s Up to Us to Turn Our Union Around”

December 7, 2009: In a speech at the TDU Convention, Butch Lewis talked about what it will take to get our union on the right track. We all know times are tough. The country faces the worst recession any of us has seen. Members are angry and frustrated. Over the past year we’ve seen our wages cut by 15 percent. YRC is no longer paying towards our pension. Members are anxious to know what’s next....
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