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The Power Brokers Who Pulled the Plug

When the mob wanted IBT anti-corruption investigations in Chicago shut down, they turned to three Hoffa allies to make it happen, intelligence sources told investigators. Three Teamsters were identified as “the key figures” behind the shutdown of organized crime investigations in Chicago, including John Coli, the president of the 100,000-member Joint Council 25.Coli also heads Teamsters Local 727, one of the locals targeted by Stier’s investigators for organized crime influence and corruption, including: Allegations of...

Department of Labor Says Election Was Rigged

A recent suit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) charged Local 743 President Robert Walston and the other officers of Local 743 with election fraud and other violations. This comes as the result of a local election challenged by longtime TDUer Richard Berg and the New Leadership Slate. The complaint in federal court states Local 743 officials, “denied members the right to vote when Defendant mailed members’ ballots to incorrect addresses, the ballots...

Will the Teamsters Union "Change to Win"?

James Hoffa has been getting a lot of press these days for being part of a group of labor leaders who formed the Change to Win Coalition. What does this new group stand for, and what does it mean for Teamsters? The Change to Win Coalition, led by the Service Employees (SEIU) and joined by the Teamsters, United Food and Commercial Workers, UNITE-HERE, the Laborers, Farm Workers, and Carpenters says its purpose is to make...

After the Hoffa Split: Forging Alliances Based on Plans, Not Personalities

Frank Halstead Local 572, Ralphs Grocery Los Angeles The Hoffa Unity Slate is cracking into two. More and more members are seeing that we won’t stop the decline of Teamster power until we change our union’s leadership at the top. Now, even members of Hoffa’s own team are realizing the same thing.Hoffa, the candidate, promised to restore Teamster power. But when the Hoffa train left the station, his platform stayed behind. Instead of restoring the...

2004 $100,000 Club Report Findings:

Under Hoffa, multiple salaries and political patronage are at an all-time high. • Hoffa pays multiple salaries to 148 political allies. • Multiple salaries are up 722 percent under Hoffa. • A record 119 officials on the International payroll make $100,000 or more—80 percent get multiple salaries. The salary gap is widening between the majority of local union leaders and a layer of super-compensated officials—most of whom are on Hoffa's payroll. • Half of all...
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Teamsters Canada Leaders Form a Slate

The President of Teamsters Canada and the top leadership in Canada have formed a “Team Canada” slate for the 2021 IBT election. The slate consists of the current three elected Canadian leaders on the General Executive Board (GEB): Teamsters Canada President Francois LaPorte, and International VPs Stan Hennessy and Craig McInnis.

How We Won the Right to Vote on Contract Supplements A Teamster History Video

At the 1991 IBT Convention, Teamsters won the right to vote on all supplements and riders to the national contract. Prior to that time, there were no votes on regional supplements, which means that a Teamster in California could vote to ratify a supplement in New Jersey, and vice versa. Employers with national contracts used it to divide and conquer Teamsters members. 

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