[Marxism] Alex Chis on the Teamster's convention
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 18 08:15:05 MDT 2011
(Alex is a former member of the American SWP, as is Claudette
Begin who was a delegate to the convention.)
Here are some pix of the Teamsters convention in Las Vegas that
Claudette and I just attended. Claudette was elected as a delegate
supporting Sandy Pope, who is opposing Hoffa in the election for
Teamster general president this fall. The conventions are every
five years, the Teamsters have about 1.4 million members, and
there were about 2000 delegates. She is a new Teamster, since the
clerical union at the University of California, CUE, voted to
affiliate with the Teamsters union.
Some of the pix are clearly technically challenged! What with low
light, enthusiastic supporters, and a lot of activity not all are
ideal. But I think they give a feel of the last push for Sandy's
The convention was completely controlled by the Hoffa forces, to
the extent that the Hoffa delegates (all wearing red vests) booed
down any opposition delegates that managed to get recognized. I
think there were only 2 all week. One picture shows Claudette
standing at the mike on the first day after not being recognized
by Hoffa, who chaired the convention. The only real chance to
speak was the official nomination of Sandy Pope. Her supporters
were allowed one person to nominate, Tim Sylvester for
5 minutes, and one person to second the
nomination, for two minutes. Claudette was chosen to second the
nomination, and did a great job. You can see her in two pix on the
Candidates had to get 5% of the delegate vote at the convention to
secure a place on the ballot for the general election this fall.
Most of the pictures show us with signs on the evening of that
vote, encouraging delegates to vote for Sandy.
Sandy did get enough votes, and will be on the ballot with Hoffa
and one other person this fall. Sandy was allowed to make an
acceptance speech on the final day of the convention, which was
very good, although all the Hoffa delegates walked out before she
For those more interested, Sandy Pope's official website is
and you can hear her acceptance speech there.
You can see a video of Claudette at
It's also on YouTube at
The Teamsters for a Democratic Union website is here
Obviously a win for Sandy Pope this fall would be a major plus for
all our fight backs. Please visit both the Sandy Pope website and
the TDU website to find out how you can help in the effort. If you
are now a Teamster or have Teamster friends that is especially
important, but all can help. Putting up Sandy Pope signs near
major Teamster sites, such as UPS, is something anyone can do.
Materials can be ordered from the Sandy Pope and TDU websites. The
legal team will also need help.
I am sure non-Teamsters can donate financially in that way.
Tell your friends. This is an important fight, and there is a
chance to win.
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