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  1. #31
    Third Generation Teamster

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    I would give HOFFA and team an 8.9, because no one is perfect and there is always room for improvement. But Hoffa has done a great job in making The Teamsters are a lot stronger of a UNION then before he took over. In the current times of an economic recession, eight years of a republican administration, and various other contributing factors he has always shown proven leadership. I believe he is doing everything he can do make The Teamster's membership grow and succeed.

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    Getting In The Groove Now.

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    I think that Hoffa and company deserve a BIG 0 simply because they should have take a15% wage cut along with the 18 month pension freeze.

    D Hord

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    0.0 For me, when you look at what he did with UPS and Central States, and where is all that money now? Then you look at the freight craft with YRC, hows all that working out so far? Then what he has allowed to go on in the Carhaul craft, which is almost non existance any more!!! But I must agree at election time we must look at who would be running against them and vote for the best solution even if it would be the current goons.

  4. #34
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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Quote Originally Posted by stldude44 View Post
    Johnson didn't declare a slate. He was almost getting ready to and they talked and the rest is history. Even TDU approached Johnson as they had little confidence in a viable Leedham campaign. Everybody has to know that slate members don't necessarily see eye to eye on some things. And that's at every level. It's true that politics makes for strange bedfellows.
    That's right, stldude, Hoffa and Johnson both knew that a Johnson slate would split the vote and play right into Leedhams hand...

  5. #35
    ENOUGH I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Quote Originally Posted by MULER View Post
    I agree X, But again Hoffa has removed a possible threat. He has allowed the freight division of the TEAMSTERS to fall to the the bottom of the TEAMSTER family. And after all at the end of the day the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of Tyson Johnson. Hoffa is the best at removing any threat to his CROWN.
    Freight Division might be getting closer to the bottom but carhaul division has been at the bottom for quite some time.

    June 1999 thru May 2003 - $1500 bonus for first year of contract instead of raise. Bonus was a one time thing, whereas a raise would have increased your wage for the rest of your working years.

    June 2003 thru May 2008 - no raise 1st or 2nd year of contract (afterall Allied Systems wasn't making any money).

    Employers continued to pay 100% for health and welfare, my plan in the east then started increasing the members copay amount on Dr. visits and prescriptions. This increased my out of pocket expenses tremendously.

    May 2007 - Allied was granted wage concessions totaling 17.5% for 3 years. This is suppossed to snap back to full contract rate in June 2010. Fat chance of that happening.

    May 31, 2007: Teamster carhaulers at Allied Holdings now make 19˘ less per loaded mile than their brothers and sisters at other carriers. “It’s brutal,” a Detroit driver commented as he thought about what he will lose in the coming year.

    Carhaulers get a 2.5 percent raise on the June 1 contract anniversary —50˘ per hour and 2.5˘ per loaded mile (1.25˘ per running mile). Two days earlier, Allied Teamsters got slapped with a 15 percent cut, putting them 17.5 percent below union scale. The contract loaded mile rate now stands at $1.12, but has been cut to $.93 for Allied drivers; the running mile rate is cut to 47˘, and the hourly rate is down to about $18.40.

    http://www.tdu.org/node/1205

    May 2008 - PTS filed bankruptcy sought same wage concessions as Allied. Teamster members voted against this, IBT struck PTS June 2008, PTS closed doors.

    Seems to me that the Freight Division is taking the same road as Carhaul did, and its a dead end. Been there done that!

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    Last edited by mudflap560; 08-25-2009 at 11:27 AM.

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Mudflap560 is right, carhaul has been under siege for the last decade.. And dont forget the driveaway guys under the carhaul contract...they really took it in the shorts. There are only a handful of Teamster driveaway left. The jobs that weren't lost as truck manufacturing went south of the border, were lost to the POS scabs.

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Quote Originally Posted by x475 View Post
    That's right, stldude, Hoffa and Johnson both knew that a Johnson slate would split the vote and play right into Leedhams hand...
    X,
    Exactly.

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    ENOUGH I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Quote Originally Posted by mudflap560 View Post
    Freight Division might be getting closer to the bottom but carhaul division has been at the bottom for quite some time.

    June 1999 thru May 2003 - $1500 bonus for first year of contract instead of raise. Bonus was a one time thing, whereas a raise would have increased your wage for the rest of your working years.

    June 2003 thru May 2008 - no raise 1st or 2nd year of contract (afterall Allied Systems wasn't making any money).

    Employers continued to pay 100% for health and welfare, my plan in the east then started increasing the members copay amount on Dr. visits and prescriptions. This increased my out of pocket expenses tremendously.

    May 2007 - Allied was granted wage concessions totaling 17.5% for 3 years. This is suppossed to snap back to full contract rate in June 2010. Fat chance of that happening.

    May 31, 2007: Teamster carhaulers at Allied Holdings now make 19˘ less per loaded mile than their brothers and sisters at other carriers. “It’s brutal,” a Detroit driver commented as he thought about what he will lose in the coming year.

    Carhaulers get a 2.5 percent raise on the June 1 contract anniversary —50˘ per hour and 2.5˘ per loaded mile (1.25˘ per running mile). Two days earlier, Allied Teamsters got slapped with a 15 percent cut, putting them 17.5 percent below union scale. The contract loaded mile rate now stands at $1.12, but has been cut to $.93 for Allied drivers; the running mile rate is cut to 47˘, and the hourly rate is down to about $18.40.

    Allied Carhaulers Take Cut, Others Get Raise | Teamsters for a Democratic Union

    May 2008 - PTS filed bankruptcy sought same wage concessions as Allied. Teamster members voted against this, IBT struck PTS June 2008, PTS closed doors.

    Seems to me that the Freight Division is taking the same road as Carhaul did, and its a dead end. Been there done that!

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    PS All the above damage to union carhaul was fully endorsed by the carhaul locals and the IBT.

    I'm not trying to bash anyone, local or IBT just stating facts.

    Also I forgot to mention the driveway part of carhaul. Those Teamsters have virtually been eliminated thanks to the likes of Dennis Troha, T. Michael Riggs, and the JHT family of companies. Troha has succesfully transfered work from Teamster represented companies to other non Teamster companies. These companies arre represented by the Machinists union with less benefits and pay.

    2007:

    Over 300 Teamster carhaulers in Springfield,Ohio lost their jobs May 1 when their work hauling Navistar trucks was transferred from Active Transportation to Auto Truck Transport. Both Active and ATT are owned by JHT Holdings. ATT – whose workers are represented by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) – pays $620 per month in pension and health & welfare benefits. Active pays $1,760.

    The job losses are particularly hard to swallow because in May 2003 the Teamsters agreed to a two-year wage freeze in carhaul to offset rising health care costs.

    JHT’s CEO, Dennis Troha, has also used the same scam in other parts of the country to whipsaw Teamster carhaulers into accepting lower benefits or losing work. JHT’s subsidiaries haul more than 70% of the truck tractors made in the U.S. and Canada. Teamster Local 654 has sued in federal court to stop the Springfield work transfer, arguing that it was done solely to avoid paying pension and health & welfare benefits. The International union has not mounted a campaign to save Teamster driveaway jobs.

    Allied Gives Away More Carhaul Jobs | Teamsters for a Democratic Union


    Go Teamsters: ATT Workers to Vote on Union

    Auto Truck Transport (ATT) drivers across the country will soon get a chance to vote to become Teamsters. In mid- September the NLRB issued the election decision for 1,300 drivers in a nation-wide unit.

    ATT is controlled by Dennis Troha, the CEO of Active Transport, which is covered by our national carhaul contract. ATT was created a decade ago as a union-busting device, and Troha has been able to evade the language against double-breasting in the contract.

    Management has used ATT to underbid Active and throw Teamsters out of work in more than half a dozen cities. Active and ATT together transport the majority of heavy trucks made in the U.S. and Canada, as well as those made in Mexico and moved by ATT out of Laredo.

    DID NOT WIN TEAMSTER REPRESENTATION

    Go Teamsters: ATT Workers to Vote on Union | Teamsters for a Democratic Union


    October 2007

    James Welch said he was recently named the chief executive officer of heavy-truck hauler JHT Holdings, Kenosha, Wis.

    Welch left his position as CEO of Yellow Transportation in January. He told TRANSPORT TOPICS his initial focus at JHT would be to streamline operations at the specialty carrier to prepare for an upswing in heavy-duty truck sales in the coming years.

    Welch Named CEO of JHT Holdings | Transport Topics | Find Articles at BNET

    May 29, 2009:

    Jack Cooper Teamsters got a new boss in May, when Active Acquisitions bought a majority stake in Jack Cooper Transport.

    Michael Riggs in the principal owner of Active. But Tim Cooper, in a letter to Jack Cooper employees, says that he is retaining his role with the new company.

    Teamsters remain apprehensive about Active’s history; it broke the union in the driveaway industry. JHT Holdings, which owns Active, hauls some 90 percent of all new heavy trucks, but the majority of the operation runs nonunion or under sweetheart deals with company-favored unions. The International Union treated that loss as business-as-usual, and failed to protect the Teamster jobs and contract.

    Dennis Troha, who ran JHT while busting the Teamsters, later sold the business, and Riggs became its principal. Troha later was convicted of illegally passing large sums of money to the campaigns of the Wisconsin Governor and President Bush, to attempt to further his casino interests.

    Active Takes Over Jack Cooper | Teamsters for a Democratic Union

    Enough said?

    SEEMS LIKE THE TEAMSTER OPPOSITION HAS A PLAN!

    WHAT"S THE TEAMSTER PLAN?


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    Last edited by mudflap560; 08-25-2009 at 02:42 PM.

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Teamster Local 654 did not prevail in the lawsuit Mudflap 560 mentioned and as a result of loosing that many members was forced to close its doors. The remaining members were transfered to 957.
    Last edited by x475; 08-25-2009 at 02:51 PM.

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    ENOUGH I'VE HAD ENOUGH!!!

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    Default Re: What Grade would you give the Hoffa Team

    Quote Originally Posted by x475 View Post
    Teamster Local 654 did not prevail in the lawsuit Mudflap 560 mentioned and as a result of loosing that many members was forced to close its doors. The remaining members were transfered to 957.
    Thanks x475 I was not aware of the fate of Local 654. Very sad state of affairs that the Teamsters and organized labor as a whole are in.

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