Stepping Up for Teamsters United

Here’s what members have to say about what they’re doing to build the Teamsters United Campaign and join the fight for new leadership in our union.

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REACHING OUT BEYOND OUR LOCAL

“In Local 413, our members just elected delegates for Teamsters United by white ballot. But our work isn’t done—we need to get the word out across Ohio. During the petition drive, we petitioned at those locals. We’re going to help our brothers and sisters in other locals campaign to elect delegates to nominate Teamsters United and retire Hoffa and Hall.”

Dennis Harper, Local 413, Columbus


EDUCATING MEMBERS

Vince_Edwards.jpg“The more we educate the members of the hypocrisy of the good old boys in office, the stronger we become. We’ve started reaching out all across the local. Our delegate slate will stand for democracy and unity, not the old boys club. It’s time for change in the international Union, the members are the Union, and we will not be dictated to by corrupt officials!”

Vince Edwards, Local 315, Martinez, Calif.


RAISING MONEY, RAISING AWARENESS

Jerry_Lusk.jpg“Tim Sylvester, Fred Zuckerman and John Palmer came to Nashville and we had nearly 100 members come to meet them—and each other. Then we got to work continuing to build momentum, and I’ve been selling raffle tickets to raise money and raise awareness. When members buy tickets they’re asking questions and getting more involved in the campaign. It’s easy to raise $1000 and get hundreds of members talking about Teamsters United when it’s for leaders you believe in.”

Jerry Lusk, YRC, Local 480, Nashville


WE’RE READY FOR CHANGE

Kevin_Brown.jpg“UPS drivers in downstate Illinois are ready for change. We got a group of feeder drivers together for a conference call, and we were impressed with what the candidates had to say. Now I’m ready to get involved in my local’s delegate election to support Teamsters United. We’re also raising money—selling raffle tickets and getting members talking about the election. A lot of members have lost faith in the process. We have to show them change is possible.”

Kevin Brown, UPS, Local 710, Urbana, Illinois


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Vote Count Update

The first day of the vote count is over. Hoffa-Hall currently have 53.4% of the vote in the East. Fred Zuckerman Teamsters United have 14,250 votes for 46.6% of the ballots counted so far. The vote count will resume on Tuesday morning. The Eastern Region will be counted, followed by the South. View local-by-local results.

Democracy Builds Teamster Power

Teamster ballots will be counted this week. As General President Fred Zuckerman will build union power the same way Teamsters United built its campaign: by informing, uniting and mobilizing members. Hoffa-Hall want Teamsters in the dark and toeing the line. That’s why our union is weak and voter turnout is low—and that’s why Hoffa-Hall have to go. 

More Hoffa-Hall Corruption Charges Filed

Corruption investigators noted Ken Hall’s “unusual tolerance” for repeated embezzlement by the Teamsters Political Director Nicole Brener-Schmitz. Now she faces corruption charges and Ken Hall faces questions about why he let it happen. 

Ken Hall Obstruction Case Heads to Court

In an escalation of the charges against Ken Hall for obstructing investigations into corruption, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara has filed court papers denouncing the Hoffa-Hall administration’s actions as “unprecedented and dangerous.”

Bloomberg BNA Reports on the Teamster Election

[Re-posted from Bloomberg BNA]

The secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters intentionally withheld documents from officials who are working to root out corruption in the union, an investigator said.

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