A committee of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters agreed on Tuesday to allow representatives to vote on eliminating wording that requires ratification of the contract, even if the majority of ranks and files vote against it. ..
The Teamsters Constitutional Commission will also vote on whether to require rank-and-file members from local and national level negotiation committees for representatives to be held online at the two-day National Teamsters Convention starting Wednesday. I also voted to recommend.
In addition, delegations can vote on whether an international union of senior Team Stars executives is prohibited from imposing contract supplements or riders that have already been denied by members.
Each measure in the form of an amendment to the Team Star Constitution must be approved by a simple majority. The approved amendment will come into effect after the tournament ends on Thursday. The tournament is held every five years.
The three amendments have brought about major changes in labor relations, especially with UPS Inc. (NYSE: UPS), the largest Teamstars employer with approximately 240,000-250,000 members. UPS workers make up just under 20% of Team Stars’ total membership.
Perhaps the most important change is the inclusion of the so-called two-thirds rule, which will be approved if less than 50% of voters vote, unless at least two-thirds of the voting members refuse it. This provision was important for ratifying the 2018 “Master” agreement, which manages the relationship between UPS and Teamstars, for the next five years. The contract was rejected by 54% of the UPS team stars who voted. However, only 44% of the approximately 209,000 eligible UPS team stars voted, and the final tally was well below the two-thirds rejection threshold required for voting.
In 1987, the delegation voted to partially end the two-thirds rule. However, there was a loophole that could call the rule if less than half of the members voted for the contract. The loophole that allowed the UPS contract to be approved will be closed if the majority of representatives approve the amendment. After that, the voting result will be decided by majority vote.
The dissident Teamsters faction, led by the Democratic Union (TDU) Firebrand Teamsters, has been pushing for constitutional amendment for decades. In 1991, the Team Stars delegation voted to vote individually on rank and file for local supplements and riders that are attached to domestic contracts and generally affect workers in specific areas. ..
However, according to the TDU, Team Stars Governor James P. Hofa has amended the Constitution to allow members’ votes to be rejected. The International Trade Union has rejected members for some supplements and riders in the 2013 and 2018 UPS contracts. In 2018, Hoffa received a lot of criticism for seeking ratification of the UPS contract against the intentions of Rank and File.
The dissident faction has fought for over 20 years to win rank and file representatives on all negotiating committees. Many Team Stars locals have long adopted this practice, but it has never been extended to the national level.
In a communiqué published Monday, the TDU was slate by officials led by Sean O’Brien, head of Teamsters Local 25 in Boston, and Fred Zuckerman, head of Teamsters Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, home of UPS3. He said two amendments were proposed. World Port Global Air Hub. Both locals have a lot of influence within the Team Stars, and both men have a history with Hoffa. O’Brien was dismissed by Hoffa in 2017 as chairman of the union’s Small Package Committee. Zuckerman came to the beard to leave his seat after playing against Hofa for General President in 2016.
O’Brien-Zuckerman Slate, known as Teamstars United, is running in the next Teamstars general election scheduled for November. They could be opposed to slate backed by Steve Vairma, Denver’s Local 455 secretary and treasurer, and Hoffa, led by Ron Herrera, Southern California’s Local 396 secretary and treasurer.
80-year-old Hofa has been president for 23 years and has won four consecutive elections. He announced a while ago that he would not ask for reelection.
https://www.freightwaves.com/news/teamsters-committee-frees-delegates-to-vote-on-key-constitutional-amendments Team Stars Commission Releases Representatives to Vote for Major Constitutional Amendments