Teamsters are outraged about pension cuts in the Central States and the the Hoffa-Hall PR machine is doing damage control. Hoffa issued a statement claiming he is “outraged” by the cuts.
It’s a strong statement. But actions speak louder than words.
Teamsters from several locals turned out for barbecue, solidarity and Teamsters United on October 11 in Nashville. Tim Sylvester told the enthusiastic crowd that “Hoffa doesn’t realize that it’s OK to tell an employer ‘No!’ and outlined the Teamsters United program for building Teamster power.
The Teamsters United Carhaul Contract Conference Call drew 950 Teamsters from every carhaul craft and almost every terminal – and the sentiment is STAND UNITED TO VOTE NO to send it back for renegotiation. You can download a leaflet to distribute at your terminal, at union meetings, and on the road.
It’s official! It will be Hoffa-Hall versus Teamsters United in the 2016 election for International Union officers.
You did it! Teamster members have completed a massive petition drive to officially accredit Teamsters United as the opposition slate against Hoffa in the 2016 election.
Thanks to supporters like you, the Teamsters United accreditation petition drive is well on its way to success.
We need a minimum of 30,974 valid signatures to be officially accredited as the slate running against Hoffa-Hall in the 2016 election.
We’ve set our sights on 50,000 signatures and we’re closing in. But we’ve got more to do. Will you help?
Nearly 300 carhaulers joined the second national carhauler's call to discuss Hoffa’s secret negotiations and the Teamsters United campaign.
Fred Zuckerman and John Thyer reported on the information blackout by the Hoffa administration which is keeping local officers, steward and members in the dark. Zuckerman, and Thyer urged members to be ready to vote NO. Zuckerman also detailed key issues missing from the union proposals. Members commented on important demands and changes needed in the grievance panels.
Carhaulers around the country shared plans to campaign for Teamsters United. Bill Frisky, candidate for Central Region Vice President, talked about support among carhaulers and Ohio Teamsters generally for the Teamsters United petition drive.
The Teamsters United campaign continued to build steam with successful organizing meetings in St. Louis and Kansas City.
Candidates Tim Sylvester, Fred Zuckerman, John Palmer, and John Thyer met with Teamsters from freight, carhaul, UPS, and other industries to share their ideas about rebuilding union power and to make plans for building our Teamster-to-Teamster campaign.
The petition drive to officially accredit the Teamsters United slate is on. Volunteers share their photos and their stories.
“When I'm on my route I meet Teamsters all the time—beverage delivery, freight, and others—and I talk with them about Teamsters United. Every craft is getting involved with Teamsters United and hearing Teamsters from across the country and across industries all on the same page and ready for change is inspiring,” said Angelo Demma, Local 2785, after a national conference call that launched the petition drive.
“We need to get someone into office who will fight for the members, and I’m willing to petition before and after work at my hub to get the job done,” said Tony Macioce, from Local 30 in Jeannette, PA.
The campaign visited Western Pennsylvania and Upstate New York for a weekend of campaign events.
At the Western PA event in Washington Pennsylvania, members from across PA and OH came out to ask questions and plans for the upcoming petition drive. Tim announced that Randy Shepler, Local 30 Business Agent, will be joining the Teamsters United Slate.
"Everybody plays a role. Each branch and each job has a purpose but we all come together for one thing. That’s what it comes down to for Western PA and Teamsters United," said Jay Deaver, UPS Teamster from Local 110 on the importance of regional solidarity in the upcoming petition drive.
"Teamster members feel betrayed--and nowhere is that more true than in the Freight industry.
"Freight Teamsters built this union. But they've been abandoned by Hoffa. When we needed leadership, he threw up his hands and threw in the towel--first on our contract, then on organizing and finally on our pensions.
"It's time for change. We can be a proud and powerful union again. That starts with defending our pensions from cuts and taking on the nonunion competition.
"I'm proud to be part of the Teamsters United team."
Columbus Local 413