Detroit – International Brotherhood of Teamsters President James Hoffa promised United Auto Workers members gathered here for the 2018 Constitutional Convention that 1.4 million Teamsters members would support UAW members during upcoming contract negotiations with the Detroit Three.

"(We) will stand with you," Hoffa said to thunderous applause. "We will honor your picket lines. I hope there’s not a strike, but we will be with you all the way. We will be with you all the way. We will stand with you."

UAW members gathered at Cobo Center gave Hoffa a standing ovation. The UAW will begin contract negotiations with the Ford Motor Co., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and General Motors Co. in 2019.

The most recent negotiations – those that took place in 2015 and developed the current contracts with the automakers – have been tainted by the conspiracy between a now-deceased union vice president and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's top labor negotiator.