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Hoffa Campaign Busted for Laundering Dues Again

October 18, 2006: For the second time, the Election Supervisor has caught the Hoffa campaign taking union dues to fund their campaign. On Oct. 3, the Election Supervisor ruled that Steve Mack, the brother of Hoffa running mate Chuck Mack, laundered $14,000 in members’ dues money into the Hoffa-Mack Campaign. Hoffa’s Special Assistant Rome Aloise (Chuck and Steve Mack’s brother-in-law) was found guilty in August of laundering $15,720 of members’ money into the Hoffa campaign....

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Records Show Hoffa Campaign Bagged $3 Million from Officials

Campaign Spending Report October 18, 2006: Forms filed by the Hoffa campaign with the Election Supervisor show that the Hoffa Campaign and candidates have spent some $3 million, with approximately 90 percent of that coming from Teamster officials, many of them on Hoffa’s payroll. Forms filed by the Leedham campaign indicate that about $300,000 was raised and spent, most of it from working Teamsters. Forms filed by TDU, an independent movement of Teamsters backing Leedham,...

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Member Action Wins Greater Accountability From Central PA Fund

October 18, 2006: For years the Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Fund was plagued with questionable administration and benefits inferior to many other Teamster Funds. Fed up with this state of affairs, members formed the Central PA Reform Committee. In 2002, three members filed a lawsuit against the fund. Initially they did the legal work on their own, but then attracted experienced pension attorney Ann Curry Thompson, who enlisted Alan Sandals, another experienced pension litigator, to serve...

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Teamster Election: The Power Is In Our Hands

October 18, 2006: The ballots are out and our union’s future is in our hands. For Teamsters who want a new direction and a stronger union, our job is simple: to work all the way up to the vote count on Nov. 14 to turn out the vote for the Tom Leedham Slate. Leedham has won strong contracts and good benefits for 20 years by unleashing the power of Teamster members. Leedham’s plan for winning...

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The Pension Protection Act: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

October 18, 2006: The misnamed “Pension Protection Act” of 2006 will go into effect in 2008. Here we provide a summary of some of its impact on Teamsters. Thanks to attorney Ann Curry Thompson and the Pension Rights Center for their help interpreting this law for Teamsters. For a copy of “Frequently Asked Questions” about the PPA by Ann Curry Thompson, contact TDU. What Are Some Positive Aspects of the New Law?There are more negatives...

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Road Ahead for Pension Justice

October 18, 2006: It’s up to Teamster members to lead the fight for pension justice. The past three years have proven that the Teamster leadership’s approach is a complete failure. They lied to sell us contracts, let the employers take over our pension funds, slapped Teamsters with the first-ever cuts, and tried to cover it all up. Members have learned to fight back, and in some cases, gain ground. We need action around the upcoming...

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Winning New Rights in Your Local Through Changing Your Bylaws

October 18, 2006: "Our last contract was terrible. Can we get the right to elect our bargaining committee?" "Our local officers keep raising their salaries. Can we put limits on them?" "Our local elections are a joke. Can we get some protections that will make them more fair?" Yes, there is a way to gain new rights and protections like these. Over the years Teamsters in many locals have organized to change the bylaws of...

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Too Little, Too Late from the IBT Leadership

Pension Legislation Loss August 9, 2006. Late in the evening of August 3, the U.S. Senate voted to approve a piece of pension legislation which contains much of the “Red Zone” cut-back language that rank and file Teamsters have fought hard to get removed from the bill. President Bush is expected to sign it. Thanks to rank and file action, a portion of the red zone was cut that would have let funds cut benefits...

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UPS Management Wins On Pension Bill

UPS won critical new leverage in their campaign to take over our pension funds when the House and Senate passed the misnamed Pension Protection Act. The Act includes UPS’s baby, the “Red Zone” amendment, which legalizes cutting pension benefits that employees have already earned. The New York Times called UPS “another of the bill’s winners”. The Times reported that, “U.P.S. had been eager to increase its control over such troubled plans as the Teamsters’ Central...

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Let Our Union Know What We Need in the Contract!: August UPS Update

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