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    "WHAT DO YOU call a labor lawyer who has worked on management's side of the table and never made a living as a rank-and-file union member? In these sorry days, you call him Teamster General President.

    Jimmy Hoffa Jr.'s ascendancy to the office held by his legendary father was once unthinkable. In 1991, Hoffa Jr. was barred from running because he hadn't been employed in a Teamster craft for the constitutionally required twenty-four months. Back then, everyone but Junior was in on the joke: Just because your last name is Hoffa, that doesn't make you a Teamster.

    By all appearances, Junior believes his own rhetoric that the Hoffa name will put the fear of God into Corporate America. He is in for a rude awakening.

    Hoffa Jr. will inevitably blunder. He is already taking office under a cloud with three of his Vice Presidents facing Independent Review Board (IRB, the government-appointed oversight body) charges and likely expulsion from the union. And Hoffa's associates never met a salary they didn't like: Multiple salaries, a hot-button issue for the rank and file, are expected to spread among the ranks of Hoffa's executive board.

    But appearances aside, corruption is not the issue that coheres rank-and-file anger into rebellion-if it were, Hoffa could never have won the election in the first place. Rather, the core issue is the employers' decades-long attack on members' wages and working conditions and the union's ability or inability to respond.

    NAFTA. Part-time work. Double-breasting. Subcontracting. Two-tier wage systems. The growth of non-union competition. Concessionary contracts. These are the problems that hit members closest to home. Here, Hoffa's allegiance to member demobilization and Old Guard protocol ("local autonomy") leave him vulnerable."

    Why Junior Won-and What Next? | Solidarity

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    Hoffa operatives fought hard against the unionization effort. They refused a request to remain neutral or agree to card-check. They held one-on-one meetings and issued nasty warnings that those in favor of unionizing were disloyal and would not be welcomed by Teamster locals during organizing drives.

    IBT Organizers Unionize; Hoffa Tries for a Do-over | Teamsters for a Democratic Union

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    I'll give you one guess as to who WASN'T there..

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    Jimmy Hoffa Jr. - A Study of His Connections to Corrupt Elements in the Labor Movement by Chris Bohner 1996

    https://tdu.org/sites/default/files/...Corruption.pdf

    Hoffa Jr. - His Record of Ties to the Employer by Chris Bohner 1996

    https://tdu.org/sites/default/files/...oEmployers.pdf

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