December 11, 2013: Five years ago today, Ron Carey, the first democratically-elected General President of the Teamsters, passed away.
Remembering Ron Carey
After winning the Right to Vote for top Teamster officers in 1989, Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorsed Ron Carey for General President. Carey's bid was considered an impossible longshot.
But TDU members and Teamsters across the country built a grassroots campaign network that toppled the Teamster Old Guard. Once in office, Carey slashed his salary, sold the Teamster jets, reversed a 16-year decline in Teamster membership and, most famously, launched the 1997 UPS Strike.
Five years after his death, Ron Carey's legacy is more relevant than ever to Teamster members who still believe in union power and the ability of rank-and-file Teamsters to take back our union, organize and win!
Click here to read A Teamster Apart: Ron Carey Remembered
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