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$150,000 Club Report

Each year the Teamster Rank and File Education and Legal Defense Foundation (TRF) analyzes hundreds of LM-2 financial reports and IRS 990 tax forms, which have been filed by locals, joint councils, conferences, and the IBT. Then we publish the 150,000 Club Report, an annual report of Teamster officers who make more than $150,000. This information is factual and nonpartisan, and includes complete listing of every officer we have salary data for. Hoffa, Hall and...

Teamsters & The Right to Vote

September 25, 2014: Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and the Teamster leadership, already heavily penetrated by the mob, became more and more a tool of employers.   In response, members started to demand the Right to Vote on International officers. Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) took up the challenge, and in 1989 Teamster members beat the mob and won the Right to Vote in International Union elections.   How did a grassroots movement of working Teamster beat the odds and make history? First, we...

Organizing Under Hoffa

September 25, 2014: Teamster membership loss is outpacing organizing efforts since Hoffa took office. A new report looks at Teamster organizing and what can be done to turn it around.   Teamster organizing dropped precipitously the first year that Hoffa took office—and with a few notable exceptions, it has slumped since.   Those are the findings of a new report by the Teamster Rank & File Education and Legal Defense Foundation (TRF).   To prepare the study, TRF reviewed all available organizing data from the National...

Organizing in Waste

September 24, 2014: Private sanitation is a growth industry—and as demand for a green economy expands, recycling is a growth industry too.   The Teamsters represent 30,000 members in the waste industry. But most private sanitation workers are nonunion.   The two top companies in the industry, Waste Management and Republic, are among the largest Teamster employers and control the majority of the waste and recycle industry.   Organizing drives in waste—and strategic campaigns to win strong sanitation contracts—can grow our union’s...

Port Organizing

September 24, 2014: One area where our union has made a long-term strategic commitment is the Port Worker organizing campaign.   In a global economy, workers have leverage at key points in the logistics and distribution chain-trucking, warehousing and ports—but only if we’re organized. Port workers are at a critical chokepoint in that logistics chain.   As part of the Port Organizing campaign, the union has built alliances with environmental groups and community organizations. Because almost all port drivers are wrongly classified as independent contractors,...
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Anti-union Injunction blocks BMWED Covid Strike at Union Pacific

On Jan 8 a federal judge sided with the Union Pacific railroad to block a strike to protect rail employees’ health and safety. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division of the Teamsters moved toward the job action under the Railroad Safety Act, to demand adequate Covid-19 protections for the workers who build and maintain the tracks and right of way.

O'Brien-Zuckerman and Vairma-Herrera Add More Candidates

Both slates competing in the IBT election conducted petition efforts to accredit additional candidates by the December 15 deadline. OZ-Teamsters United successfully accredited a new candidate. The Vairma slate failed to muster enough support for two of their three new candidates. 

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