Hoffa wins re-election as Teamsters president


WASHINGTON - Incumbent Teamsters President James Hoffa was re-elected to a fourth term in final results announced by an independent overseer on Nov. 18.

Hoffa's running mate, new Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, and the rest of the incumbent president's slate will join him. The consent decree the Teamsters signed with the U.S. Justice Department more than 20 years ago requires rank-and-file one-member one-vote balloting, complete with the independent oversight.

Final results showed Hoffa with 137,172 votes, ahead of challengers Fred Gagare (54,148) and Sandy Pope (39,251). There were 13,457 challenged ballots. Gagare made Hoffa's failure to get the consent decree lifted a top campaign plank. Pope, a New York local leader, was the first woman to seek the union's highest office.

Hoffa won 59.4 percent of the valid votes, Gagare won 23.5 percent and Pope 17 percent. With 136,497 votes, Hall defeated challengers Jim Sheard (56,854) and Gary Marquardt (27,934) with the same number of challenged ballots.

Hoffa-endorsed board candidates, including Graphic Communications Conference President George Tedeschi, also won. Tedeschi drew 134,523, the third-highest total among 14 candidates for seven at-large vice-presidential slots.

"The members have spoken," Hoffa said after the election totals announcement. "This is not just our slate's victory but a victory for all working Americans who are fighting to save America's middle class. We traveled across this country to mobilize our members to fight the right-wing attack on workers.

"Teamster members responded because they know it is not workers who are to blame for the crisis facing America - it is the greed and corruption of big business and Wall Street and their bought and paid-for puppets in Congress.

"Now that this election is completed we will intensify our efforts in the fight for all working families. The Teamsters' strength is in organizing the unorganized, fighting for strong health care, good wages, secure retirement, and holding employers and politicians accountable," Hoffa concluded.

Hoffa has been Teamsters president since December 1998, when he defeated the incumbent, the late Ron Carey, in a rerun election ordered after Carey's campaign was found to have illegally used union funds for electioneering. Hoffa was re-elected in 2001 and 2006. If he serves out his new 5-year term, which starts in March, Hoffa will be the union's second-longest-serving president, surpassing his late father.

Hall succeeds veteran Secretary-Treasurer Tom Keegel.

Photo: Jon Huss // CC 2.0

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  • Hoffa has done so many back door deals that he has given all of our pride away. The company laughs when union reps come around; he has wimped his way through bargaining, and giving up concession after concession after concession.
    No bullcrap now, Hoffa. You got beat fairly in one election already. We're gonna hold your feet to the fire now.
    Question is: What, of ours, are you going to piss away for us in this next 'bargaining' segment?
    You, sir, are the company's friend. Not ours.

    Posted by Robert, 01/02/2012 7:43pm (4 years ago)

  • I am a retired 40 year teamster brother. We did some phone banking for joint council 25 in the campaign to help James Hoffa get re-elected, I was glad to help out and the results were even better. I sincerely believe that Jim Hoffa really believes in working people across the country and will do whatever is necessary to support and fight for their cause! After all his Father was one of the greatest labor leaders of all time and did more for the Teamsters than anyone ever did. I pledge to support him and trust he will have a productive and successful fourth term as the leader of this great union.

    Edward M. Skrip
    Palos Park, IL.

    Posted by edward m. skrip, 12/02/2011 11:52pm (4 years ago)

  • Hoffa has cost us our pensions, our retirements, and our well earned competitive wages at UPS. screw Hoffa. screw ken hall. screw UPS. if us teamsters don't do something soon and hold Hoffa accountable for lining his pockets with our sweat, we're all pretty much done for. thanks. RIP Ron Carey

    Posted by joe c -ny local804, 12/02/2011 10:20pm (4 years ago)

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