Monday, April 19, 2010

Campaign for Teamster Presidency Begins: What will it take to dump Hoffa?

The Teamsters are beginning to gear up for the presidential election...for the presidency of the Teamsters, that is.

The ever-present thorn in James P. Hoffa's side, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union has posted a timeline for the 2011 election, as well as posts this:

What Will It Take to Dump Hoffa? 

The election to Dump Hoffa begins sooner than you think.

What will it take to win—and how can we get started now?

Hoffa’s support has never been lower among working Teamsters:

  • He negotiated the worst concessions to UPS in decades, even though the company was making more than $4 billion in annual profits.

  • Under his watch, our union has been reduced to a shadow of its former self in freight, carhaul, and other industries. Employers are calling the shots and dictating concessions

  • He raised Teamster dues, then used it to pay multiple salaries to his political allies. In 2007, the IBT paid out $9.9 million in multiple salaries to 196 officials—up from just 16 when Hoffa took office.

Hundreds of thousands of Teamsters are angry—including many local officers. The Hoffa camp has never been more divided

But anger alone won’t be enough to get rid of Hoffa. It will take organization.

More here

As is usually the case, the Teamsters' internal campaign for president is something to watch.


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