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Slate.com: Obama, The Teamsters and The Right to Vote

May 6th, 2008: The focus of yesterday’s Teamster flap—it hasn’t quite reached ’gatehood yet—centered on whether or not Obama wants to reduce federal oversight of the country’s fourth-largest union. Obama said that the union had done a “terrific job cleaning itself in-house” with regard to corruption but denied giving a “blanket commitment” to cutting back oversight. Hillary Clinton, too, has that it’s time to “turn the page” on the consent decree, but her campaign says...

WSJ: Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight

May 5, 2008: Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign. Click here to read more at the Wall Street Journal.

Hoffa Takes a $78,000 Raise

May 1, 2008: James P. Hoffa took a $78,000 increase in his income for 2007, by far his biggest raise since he took office nine years ago. His salary, expenses, and “allowance” and “other disbursements” for 2007 total $413,234. General Secretary Treasurer Tom Keegel bagged a big increase also. Although Hoffa’s and Keegel’s salaries are set by the Teamster Constitution, and go up each year on a generous cost of living formula, they are apparently...

We Need a Union Leadership that Looks Like Our Membership

April 8, 2008: The membership of our union is changing more every year, but the top Teamster leadership has not kept pace. African Americans and Latinos make up a bigger portion of Teamster membership than ever before. And women Teamsters now account for a quarter of our total membership. But our union’s top leadership doesn’t look like our membership. The General Executive Board, our union’s elected leadership body, includes only one African American who is...

Hoffa Lies Again About ‘No Pension Cuts’

March 27, 2008: How many times have officials in the Hoffa administration sold a contract by promising—in writing—that Teamster pensions will be “maintained and possibly improved,” only to turn around and deliver pension cuts? Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters went through this routine before. Now Hoffa is at it again. In March, 8,000 DHL Teamsters received a bulletin in the mail selling a contract deal. It states: “The amount [negotiated in the deal] is sufficient...
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