CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1995
It is clear that Alexander Cockburn did not speak to any rank-and-file Teamsters before he wrote his glib smear on Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and tried to portray incumbent Teamster President Ron Carey as a David figure trying to sling the mob Goliath (Column Left, Nov. 3). Indeed, the facts on Carey's stewardship over the last four years are not pretty. I know the Carey record firsthand, because I ran on his slate in 1991 and was one of his biggest supporters until the reality of his dictatorial and deceitful personality became obvious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1988
The federal government's 30-year effort to clean up the International Brotherhood of Teamsters sometimes seems like something out of mythology--perhaps the tale of Sisyphus. Like the king of Corinth, doomed forever in Hades to roll a heavy stone uphill only to see it roll back down, the government has found real progress elusive.
July 25, 2005 |
Although FedEx Corp. was built on a cargo airline, its trucking business is now a big-time moneymaker and a tough competitor for its chief rival, United Parcel Service Inc. But the shipping giant's trucking division, FedEx Ground Package System Inc., is embroiled in a growing labor fight that could raise operating costs by millions and lead to an overhaul of its workforce.
July 3, 2005 |
The Fourth of July weekend seems like a good time to examine some of the heat and rhetoric lately surrounding one of the basic building blocks of our society: immigration. There is widespread concern that too many immigrants are coming in and, worse, that waves of unskilled workers will form a permanent underclass and change the historic dynamic of American society. These are serious matters. Immigration is part of the DNA of America, and it's as necessary today as ever.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1996 |
After Elizabeth Taylor and Welsh actor Richard Burton divorced in 1973, she offered a lofty explanation for the breakup: "We have loved each other too much." After she filed for divorce Monday from her seventh husband, construction worker Larry Fortensky, her explanation was prosaic: "irreconcilable differences." "The whole thing will be worked out amicably between Elizabeth and Larry," said Taylor's attorney, Neil Papiano.
July 27, 2002 |
The union representing 40,000 engineers at Union Pacific Corp. and other railroads tentatively agreed to merge with the Teamsters, the largest transportation union, to raise bargaining power. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Teamsters this week set up committees that in the next six months will work out details such as dues, Teamsters spokesman Rob Black said. Members of the Cleveland-based engineers union still have to vote on the merger, said BLE spokesman John Bentley.
December 5, 1998 |
James P. Hoffa expanded his lead over rival Tom Leedham in the Teamsters union presidential election Friday as ballot counting moved into eastern states expected to be friendly to Leedham. In the second day of counting by federal election authorities, with one-quarter of the approximately 400,000 ballots tallied, Hoffa was leading with 53.4% of the vote. Leedham, a Teamsters leader from Portland, Ore., was second, at 40.6%, followed by John Metz of St. Louis, at 6%.
October 3, 1988 |
The 2,100 Teamsters who drive the trucks that keep Hollywood in motion went on strike early today in the second major entertainment industry walkout this year. Teamsters and members of the Crafts Services Union, including the laborers Local 724, plasterers Local 755 and electrical workers Local 40, who also declared a strike, were barred from entering studio lots. At dawn, more than 100 Teamsters picketed at the Santa Monica Pier, where an episode of the NBC series "Hunter" was being filmed.
October 11, 1990 |
Teamsters Union President William J. McCarthy, citing personal reasons, announced Wednesday that he will not run for reelection in next year's government-supervised elections, the first in which union leaders will be chosen directly by the rank and file. A majority of the union's 21-member board quickly backed R. V. Durham of North Carolina, a Teamsters vice president, to replace McCarthy.
July 16, 1992 |
The Teamsters Union, which has 1.41 million U.S. members and backed the Republicans in the last three elections, announced Wednesday that it is endorsing Democrat Bill Clinton. "Bill Clinton is our best hope for getting this country moving again," Teamster President Ron Carey said in a statement. "Many Teamsters supported George Bush and Ronald Reagan, who promised 'jobs, jobs, jobs.' The Republicans failed to deliver."