Reform Slate Reelected in Georgia

November 21, 2007: Georgia Teamsters on November 17 reelected Randy Brown and the Members First Slate in a race hotly contested by an old guard slate.

The 7,000 members of Local 728 have a strong reform history. The local, which represents UPS and freight Teamsters, as well as Allied Waste and a number of other shops, supported Tom Leedham last year by a 2-1 margin.

Local 728, working with International organizers, has added 1,000 new members in three years, including waste drivers and school bus drivers.

The opposition slate was headed by Robert Duncan, who put posed pictures of himself with James Hoffa and Tom Keegel on his campaign website. Duncan was on the UPS National Negotiating Committee and hoped to use that to boost his campaign. But, after gauging the reaction of stewards and active members, Duncan backtracked and told members that if he worked at UPS he would vote No on the deal. He told his supporters he would raise officials' salaries and reduce the number of business agents to pay for it.

Members First ran on their record, and pledged to continue to organize and aggressively represent the members. Elected with Brown were Jimi Richards as secretary treasurer, Scott Webber as vice president, Leonard Stoehr as recording secretary, and Tim Chaney, Donnie Dixon, and George Higgins as trustees.

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