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article imageJim Hoffa re-elected as General President of Teamsters Union

By Mike Lapointe     Nov 18, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Jim Hoffa was elected to his fourth term as General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters earlier today.
According to a press release, Hoffa and his running-mate for General-Secretary Treasurer Ken Hall were elected to office after capturing sixty percent of the vote in the 2011 Election of International Union Officers. Hoffa won all five regions that make up the Union, sweeping the East, South, Central, West, and Canada.
Hoffa first became General President of the union in 1998, and won the 2001 and 2006 elections. He is currently the third longest serving leader of the Union behind Dan Tobin, who served for fourty-seven years and James R. Hoffa, who served fourteen. Jim Hoffa is the son of the late James R. Hoffa, who disappeared in 1975.
After learning of the election results, Hoffa said that,
“The members have spoken. 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.”
He added that “the Teamster’s strength is in organizing the unorganized, fighting for strong health care, good wages, secure retirement, and holding employers and politicians accountable.”
Hoffa is a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama. Hoffa made headlines in September when he spoke before Obama at a Labor Day rally in Detroit. According to the Wall Street Journal, Hoffa went “a bit off script” when he stated,
“We’ve got to keep an eye on the battle that we face – a war on workers. You see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party.” He then added that “everybody here’s got a vote. If we go back, and we keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out and give America back to America where we belong.”
The White House declined to comment on Hoffa’s speech. Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer responded by saying that “Jimmy Hoffa’s remarks are inexcusable and amount for a call to violence on peaceful tea party members, which include many Teamster members.”
According to the preamble of the Union’s constitution, the “welfare of our members is interrelated with the ability of our fellow workers in the global marketplace to demand and obtain decent wages and working conditions from their employers.”
The Teamsters Union was established in 1901.
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