The Nation: A Teamster Apart

December 16, 2008: The rise and fall of Teamster reformer Ron Carey, who died December 11, is still a much contested tale. His political demise, a decade ago, was a tragedy for some and a case of hypocrisy punished to others. In the demonology of current Teamster leaders, Carey left the union in financial trouble and personal disgrace, after serving as president from 1992 to 1997. A jury later absolved him of criminal responsibility for the illegal fundraising activities of some of his supporters when he ran for re-election in 1996. Even though these backers enriched themselves without his knowledge or approval, the scandal gave Carey-bashers a damaging propaganda line: "Mr Clean" was a "fraud" and a "crook" himself, no better than any other Teamster bad guy ousted from the union, before or since.

Click here to read more at The Nation.
Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

IBT Proposes One Year Extension of Carhaul Contract

The International Union has made a tentative agreement for a one-year extension of the National Carhaul Contract. It will now go to the local officers for review, and then to the carhaul membership for a ratification vote.

Teamster Officers Salary Report

Every year TDU publishes a nonpartisan report on the salaries of Teamster officials and lets members decide who is working hard to earn it—and who may not be. You can download the list here.

View More News Posts