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    Default Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy

    I really don't like the sound of this at all. I posted something about this a while back and it really makes me very suspicious of Hoffa.
    Facing fresh member dissatisfaction, Teamster President James Hoffa and his Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall are headed to court to try to make contested Teamster elections a thing of the past.
    The 1.25 million-member International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) is unique among the largest North American unions in that every five years it has a hotly contested rank-and-file election for the top leadership.

    The right to vote is protected by a 1989 consent order, a court-approved agreement that Teamster officers reluctantly accepted to avoid a racketeering trial.
    - See more at: Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy | Labor Notes

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    Default Re: Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy

    We discussed this awhile back in a thread and remember signing a petition,some here thought this was something made up by TDU ,haven't heard anything of late as this is the same piece that started the debate,watching closely and since Hoffa was/is a lawyer not putting anything past him.
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    Hey, we all saw how the UPS contract was declared implemented.
    Although 95% of the country was waiting to get this thing over with, it was still unfair to the members rejecting 3 supplements.

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    Default Re: Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy

    I received this in my e-mail from TDU but unable to find anything more about it but signed the origanal petition.


    Thank you for joining thousands of Teamsters in standing up for our right to vote in fair elections!

    The Hoffa administration is escalating its attack on Teamster voting rights. Hoffa administration lawyers are filing new papers with Judge Loretta Preska in a bid to end fair, independently supervised elections in the Teamsters. The case could be decided as early as September.

    Judge Preska can’t just hear from Hoffa. She needs to hear from us. More than 3,000 Teamsters have signed an Open Letter to Judge Preska, including 1,725 who have signed online.

    We’ve set a goal of 10,000 signatures by the end of August.

    Can you help make it happen?

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    https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/...mocratic-union
    Teamster reformers braved violent intimidation, organized crime and corrupt union officials to win the Right to Vote in International Union elections. Now this right is under attack.

    General President James Hoffa has started legal proceedings to end the Consent Order, a court-approved agreement that gives Teamsters members the right to vote for International Union officers in elections that are independently supervised with fair election rules.

    If his legal bid is successful, Hoffa will be free to handpick his own Election Officer and rewrite Teamster election rules to block opposition candidates from getting on the ballot.

    Hoffa administration officials have already said they want to double the requirement candidates must reach to appear on the ballot. This rule would have blocked every single opposition candidate from getting on an International Union ballot since Hoffa was elected.

    All Teamsters, whatever their views, have the right to vote in fair elections. Judge Loretta Preska will make the final decision on the future of the Consent Decree and fair International Union elections. We need to urge her now to protect union democracy.

    Sign the Open Letter to Judge Preska: Don't let Hoffa end fair elections in the Teamsters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRollingRoadblock View Post
    Thanks forgot the link,is this for real or what?,wouldn't put it past the slimy lawyer but not able to find anymore info than the TDU article?.
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    We lived through the delegate elected officers years and our numbers are a direct reflection of that. The rank and file should maintain the right to elect them and dismiss them.

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    Last edited by 222lifer; 08-04-2014 at 12:36 AM.
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    unfortunately i hate to be the devils advocate, BUT, have any of you watched your fellow employees roll over and accept a crap contract because they are scared? i hate to say it, but i have seen contracts that are NOT voted on by the members,such as the pipeline contract.its a great paying job, because the international has the knowledge to crunch the numbers, and get everything they can for their members. the guy you work with who listens to fox news? who votes republican, weakening our rights as union members? who might NOT even care, and would cross a picket line?

    Once again, i hate to say it, but at this point, with so many members that dont even care about being in the union, or who will NOT strike, do you really want them taking WHATEVER the company offers? this isnt the 70's, the steel hauler's arent pulling wildcats, and shooting at scabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffalobill View Post
    unfortunately i hate to be the devils advocate, BUT, have any of you watched your fellow employees roll over and accept a crap contract because they are scared? i hate to say it, but i have seen contracts that are NOT voted on by the members,such as the pipeline contract.its a great paying job, because the international has the knowledge to crunch the numbers, and get everything they can for their members. the guy you work with who listens to fox news? who votes republican, weakening our rights as union members? who might NOT even care, and would cross a picket line?

    Once again, i hate to say it, but at this point, with so many members that dont even care about being in the union, or who will NOT strike, do you really want them taking WHATEVER the company offers? this isnt the 70's, the steel hauler's arent pulling wildcats, and shooting at scabs.
    I think the fear here is that Hoffa/Hall are trying to game the system by removing the Consent Decree and putting the 10% of members threshold in place, so as to keep themselves and their cronies in power. The petition would keep the existing rules and conditions in place (5% threshold) which allows opposition candidates to more easily qualify for the elections.
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    Default Re: Hoffa Threatens Teamster Democracy

    Quote Originally Posted by buffalobill View Post
    unfortunately i hate to be the devils advocate, BUT, have any of you watched your fellow employees roll over and accept a crap contract because they are scared? i hate to say it, but i have seen contracts that are NOT voted on by the members,such as the pipeline contract.its a great paying job, because the international has the knowledge to crunch the numbers, and get everything they can for their members. the guy you work with who listens to fox news? who votes republican, weakening our rights as union members? who might NOT even care, and would cross a picket line? Once again, i hate to say it, but at this point, with so many members that dont even care about being in the union, or who will NOT strike, do you really want them taking WHATEVER the company offers? this isnt the 70's, the steel hauler's arent pulling wildcats, and shooting at scabs.
    I see what your doing. Nice try.

    So what your saying is that it is other union members fault, because of a stupid corporate news media and not the union leaders who have the final say. Leadership is perceived by character and principles not politics and news media.

    Oh, and if there is a Strike, it better be sanctioned. I wonder who makes those decisions?
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