The Showdown over Teamster Rights

The IBT Convention starts this coming Tuesday, June 22, and the fight is on to win major changes to our Teamster Constitution.

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The delegates will be voting on:

  • Majority Rule on all contract votes
  • Rank and file members on all bargaining committees
  • Protection of the right to vote on contract supplements
  • Strike benefits paid from Day 1 of a strike
  • Protection of your right to vote for candidates of your choice in IBT Elections
  • Right to a Teamster President who comes up from the ranks

We expect the delegates to vote on these issues on Wednesday, June 23. You may want to ask the delegates from your local how they will vote. They represent you.

What’s different this time?

TDU has fought for these reforms for many years, and put many of them on the floor of previous conventions. What’s different this time? The O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United slate has submitted these amendments and is actively supporting them. This makes winning a real reality. The Hoffa-Aloise-Vairma group is opposing expansion of membership rights, so victory is not assured.

The IBT Convention will be held June 22-24, online. If you want to observe the IBT Convention, and see the work of the 1,600 elected delegates, here’s what you need to know. 

The Draft Agenda of the Convention shows the tentative schedule for each session. The amendments to the IBT Constitution are slated to be voted on Wednesday afternoon. The delegates’ voting on nominations of candidates for IBT President, Secretary Treasurer and all of the General Executive Board will be Thursday.

Members will be able to observe the Convention at this web portal. The IBT says it will be activated at the start of the Convention on June 22, and that no password will be needed.

We will updated information and will provide daily reports on the Convention.

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