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Multiple Salaries Fund Hoffa Campaign

As of Jan. 31, the Hoffa campaign reported raising nearly $1 million. Incredibly, some 96 percent of the money is from Teamster officials, and 30 percent is directly from Hoffa staffers and appointees, with much more from their own appointees and associates. Of $987,000 raised, $784,000 (80 percent) came from donations of over $500, and 61 percent came from donations of over $1,000. Only four percent came from donations under $100, where rank and file...

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Members Look to 2006 to Shake Up Teamster Union

January 28, 2005: “If you’re concerned about our union, you can do something about it,” says Seattle Local 174 President and UPS feeder driver Dianne Bolton.Bolton is also a member of the TDU Steering Committee. “In TDU, we’re about positive change. We’ve set our sights on the 2006 Teamster Convention and IBT election. The convention is where we can make positive changes in the IBT constitution and nominate a good slate that can challenge and...

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Taking on UPS from a Position of Strength

April 22, 2006: Hoffa’s administration recently announced that our union will seek early negotiations with UPS. The Teamster officers and members I’ve talked to have all responded with the same questions. Why now? And what’s the plan to win? These are good questions. And as usual, you won’t find the answers in Hoffa’s PR materials. The press release says the IBT will push for early negotiations with UPS because “A recent statistical poll of UPS...

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Local Gives, UPS Takes

You’ve got to give in order to get, at least that’s what some labor leaders say. Local 89 has given UPS a green light to create hundreds more low-paid part-time jobs at the Louisville air facility. The new jobs are part of UPS’ relocation of Menlo/UPS Cartage air operations to Louisville from Dayton. While the new jobs will be union, as they should be, the agreement does not contain any guarantee that many of the...

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Decline in Union Grocery Warehousing a Growing Problem in the Northeast

The closing of a Maryland distribution center by C&S Wholesalers will result in the loss of 370 Teamster jobs in the coming months. And in February, Stop and Shop in New Haven, Conn. announced the closing of its distribution center, putting over 500 Teamsters out of work. Where did most of these jobs go? You guessed right: to a non-union facility run by C&S Wholesalers in Massachusetts. These two recent events are part of a...

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Teamsters Support Call for Immigration Reform Legislation

April 22, 2006: Supporters of immigration reform have marched by the hundreds of thousands this month, holding rallies in cities across the U.S. The Teamsters Union is putting its weight behind the growing movement for legislation to make it possible for undocumented immigrants to legalize their status and become U.S. citizens. More than twelve million undocumented immigrants are part of the U.S. workforce. It’s an open secret that employers take advantage of undocumented workers’ fears...

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Hoffa Rep Gives Members’ Money to Wal-Mart

April 22, 2006: Hoffa International Rep Rick Middleton, who also heads Los Angeles Local 572, has a little explaining to do. Middleton has invested $20,000 of members’ dues money in the notorious union-buster Wal-Mart. Many members of Local 572 who work in the grocery warehousing and distribution industry have been hurt by Wal-Mart’s predatory practices and low wages. Why is Middleton putting their money into Wal-Mart? Ironically, three years ago Middleton was named co-chair of...

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IBT Gives Yellow the Green Light for Premium Services

Yellow Freight is about to utilize combination jobs in the Midwest to facilitate the movement of “Premium Service” (one- and two-day delivery) freight. The change of operations was modified and approved at a hearing on Dec. 16 in Dallas. January 28, 2005: This is the start-up operation for Yellow to test out the letter of understanding that the union agreed to insert into Article 18 of the NMFA, allowing combination road-dock employees to move premium...

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Hoffa’s Vegas Lounge Act

April 22, 2006: In June 2006, Teamsters from every local will meet in Las Vegas for the International Union Convention. If the 2001 convention is any guide, members should be wary of Hoffa’s glitzy Vegas lounge act. In 2001, Hoffa controlled the vast majority of the delegates and they rubber-stamped his proposals. Speakers crowed that Hoffa unity had restored our power and would deliver huge improvements for Teamsters. Tyson Johnson guaranteed “the best contract in...

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BLET Members Going for Right to Vote

Members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (a division of the Teamsters Rail Conference) will soon have the opportunity to vote for an important change to their bylaws. On April 19, a ballot was sent to every member to ask if the election of National Officers should be changed to be “one member, one vote.” Currently, national officers are elected by delegates at the BLET Convention, the same way Teamster International officers used...

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