Tyson Johnson’s Pension Flip-Flop

Tyson Johnson, Hoffa’s Freight Director, directed every local to support the Central States pension cut plan. Now he’s taking credit for defeating the cuts that he supported. That’s one Texas-sized flip-flop. 

tyson-texas-flip-flop_thumb.jpg

Hoffa VP Tyson Johnson has issued a letter taking credit for the Treasury Department’s rejection of the Central States pension cuts plan. 

There’s just one problem: Johnson supported the pension cut plan. In fact, he instructed every local official to back the pension cuts at a meeting of local unions on April 8, 2015.

Johnson’s own Dallas Local 745 followed up by holding a series of meetings telling members to support the cuts.

That was then. This is now.

After TDU and the pension movement organized thousands of retirees to protest the cuts and the Treasury Department rejected the cuts, flip-flopper Johnson issued a letter taking all the credit for himself and Hoffa and attacking those who did the heavy-lifting.

But the Treasury Department tells a different story. Kenneth Feinberg, the man charged with making the decision, congratulated “retirees for reaching out to us and making sure that their voices were heard.”

Feinberg didn’t mention Johnson or any other Hoffa administration flip-floppers who backed the Central States pension cuts until they didn’t.

The fight to save Teamster pensions continues. Johnson’s support of the cause would be welcome; his press releases, not so much.

Get Advice Join TDU Donate

Recent News

Historic Victories Within Reach This Week

TDU members have organized for decades to completely end the Two-Thirds Rule and increase rank-and-file power in contract negotiations. This week, those changes will become a reality, thanks to united action by the O’Brien-Zuckerman Teamsters United coalition.  

The Constitution Committee voted today to recommend that the IBT Convention vote to eliminate the Two-Thirds Rule, require rank-and-file members on all contract negotiating committees, and ban the International from imposing contract supplements and riders that are rejected by the members.

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.

View More News Posts