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No One Else Was Going To, So These Teamsters Saved Their Own Pensions

Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
For most troubled funds, the biggest underlying problem is simple: not enough current workers compared to the number of retirees. Chalk that up to employer schemes like deregulation and union-busting, along with unions’ failure to organize.

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Why Teamsters Failed to Deliver in 2020 Election

Ryan Haney and Sean Orr Teamster Rebel
Pre-election survey data collected by the IBT was never released, but anyone working at UPS, YRC, or other major Teamster employers would tell you that the membership was sharply divided on whether or not they supported Trump.

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The Politics of Pensions: No Bailout for You

Marc Dann and Leo Jennings III Working Class Perspectives
Federal officials have floated a number of proposals for dealing with the dilemma of underfunded multi-employer pension plans.  Most have one thing in common: they punish the innocent victims. The contrast with the bailout of bankers is striking.

The Teamster Revolt Against the Hoffa Era

David Levin Jacobin
After years of givebacks and autocratic leadership under James Hoffa Jr, the power of the Teamsters has withered. Rank-and-file activists are mobilizing against contract concessions, taking over locals and building a coalition to transform the union.

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We Shouldn’t Be Nostalgic for Jimmy Hoffa

Barry Eidlin Jacobin
At a time of historic working-class weakness, it’s tempting to watch the portrayal of Jimmy Hoffa in Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman and long for similar labor leadership today. But his corruption and autocratic leadership paved the way for decline.
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