The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era

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  1. cheryl

    cheryl I started this. Staff Member

    The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era - Jacobin

    Willie Ford listened to the conference call in disbelief from the cab of his tractor trailer on I-95 as the Teamster election monitor announced the results of the contract vote covering 250,000 workers at UPS.

    Ford, a leader of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), and rank-and-file activists like him, had spent months organizing the UPS Teamster United campaign to win contract improvements.

    But UPS management and top Teamster officials agreed to givebacks, including a two-tier wage scale for drivers, and spent millions on a coordinated campaign to promote and push through their concessionary deal.

    Now was the moment of truth.
  2. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Oh... this should be a interesting and lively thread in a few min! Lol
  3. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    I have yet to see any evidence that a TDU takeover would make things any better.
  4. Poop Head

    Poop Head Lovin' every minute of it!

    It doesn't matter who's in charge. If the vast majority of members are too scared or stoned to strike, or even vote, there will be give backs
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  5. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    That's telling it like it is.
  6. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    It's going to have to start from the ground up. I have some plans in the works for getting the attention of my coworkers. I will share what, if anything, works out.
  7. Fuzzy Brown

    Fuzzy Brown Member

    I have to believe it will make things better Willie is my new President, didn’t vote for him but I’m committed to helping him be successful.
  8. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Um, who's Willie?
  9. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    The guy from the article who is a TDU leader.
  10. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Oh whoops. Sorry it totally slipped my mind since I read the article hours ago.
  11. olroadbeech

    olroadbeech Happy Verified UPSer

    the members are their own worse enemies. have been saying this years. too spoilt , too fat, too scared......

    get used to this until it's all gone.
  12. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

  13. R. Mutt

    R. Mutt "You're not my supervisor!"

    I can and will likely always understand TDU cynicism (I don't trust any truly optimistic UPSer of more than a couple years seniority,) but I never understood the hate.

    I'm not a TDU member anymore but in my early days before I knew any vocal Teamsters I could always trust to hear back from them about contract questions when my local didn't get back to me for weeks, if at all.

    Personal experience, though.
  14. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if you were referring directly to what I said, or just making a general statement. I, for one, don't hate TDU, just like I don't hate the current union leadership. But, from my experience with dealing with TDU folks, it seems more like they are only interested in being in charge, making anything better isn't on their radar.

    TDU and current leadership seem mostly like two sides to the same coin. I can appreciate that they do put out more information, and a different perspective, than the official union channels. I don't know how much I can trust either, though.
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  15. browndevil

    browndevil Well-Known Member

    TDU under Carey bankrupted us in the 90s. No thank you TDU