May 17, 2004 |
Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said Sunday that he has repeatedly urged Sen. John F. Kerry to pick Dick Gephardt as his running mate, calling the Missouri congressman a strong addition to the Democratic presidential ticket. "He needs somebody that's high profile, somebody that can go out and carry a state, somebody that has a constituency, somebody that can deliver," Hoffa told reporters at the union's annual unity conference at a Las Vegas hotel.
November 17, 2001 |
Teamsters union President James P. Hoffa declared his reelection bid a success, saying it reflected a mandate from his 1.4 million members to end 12 years of government oversight over the union. Hoffa, 60, whose father, James R. Hoffa, led the International Brotherhood of Teamsters during a scandalous tenure four decades ago, led challenger Tom Leedham, a local union officer from Oregon, 65% to 35%, according to an unofficial tally of 227,233 ballots out of 348,080 cast.
November 16, 2001 |
James P. Hoffa appeared headed for easy reelection Thursday as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, fending off a challenge from the leader of a Teamsters local in Oregon. With nearly half the ballots returned by members counted, Hoffa led challenger Tom Leedham by a margin of more than 2 to 1. The ratio was consistent throughout the federally supervised count, which began Tuesday morning and is expected to wrap up by midday today. The union has about 1.
November 5, 2001 |
Taking on one of the most recognizable names in labor can be lonely work. But Tom Leedham is at it again, running his second underdog campaign against Teamsters President James P. Hoffa in a contest to be decided within two weeks. Outspent 7 to 1, backed by only one staffer and a few volunteers and ignored by most media, Leedham nevertheless insists the odds are with him. "I think we're going to win this, I really do," he said during a three-day swing through Los Angeles last week.
June 23, 2000 |
After meeting with Green Party candidate Ralph Nader, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa said Thursday that neither Al Gore nor George W. Bush has taken strong enough stands on trade and other issues important to labor. For that reason, the union president said Nader and Reform Party candidate Patrick J. Buchanan should be allowed to participate in presidential debates. "Who really wants to see a debate between Al Gore and Bush?
June 21, 2000 |
Underscoring his brawny union's disenchantment with Vice President Al Gore, Teamsters President James P. Hoffa will join Ralph Nader on Thursday to make a "special statement . . . concerning the 2000 presidential election." A Teamsters spokesman said on Tuesday that Hoffa did not plan at that time to endorse Nader, who is running a quixotic presidential campaign on the Green Party ticket. "It will be a nonendorsement announcement," said Bret Caldwell, who would not elaborate.