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    Teamster History: 1912, On the Forefront

    Posted: April 15, 2015 Source: Teamster.org 1912 proved to be a landmark year for the IBT. Following Tobin’s return from the British Trade Congress, the union found itself the beneficiary of a changing world. This was an exciting time for the Teamsters—full of possibilities for the future. Working for Woodrow Wilson In 1912, at the […]

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    Teamster History: 1911: The British Trade Union Congress

    Posted: April 14, 2015 Source: Teamster.org By the end of 1910, the Teamster International claimed more than 36,000 members. Although not among the largest of the AFL affiliates, it was growing in importance; however, the Federation did not give the Teamsters the respect as a union commensurate with its size and national impact. Tobin, along […]

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    Teamster History: 1910 – Tobin Goes West

    Posted: April 14, 2015 Source: Teamster.org In 1910, Tobin traveled with General Secretary-Treasurer Hughes to San Francisco and successfully re-affiliated Local 85, a large and financially sound Teamsters union founded in 1900 by Michael “Bloody Mike” Casey (1857-1937). Casey had served as one of the IBT’s seven regional vice presidents and the chief IBT representative […]

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    The Teamsters in 1909: The Assault

    Posted: April 11, 2015 Source: Teamster.org In January 1909, Tobin went traveled to New York City in attempt to merge two independent Teamsters locals. While speaking to the 200-plus members in attendance, Tobin sensed hostility in the audience. Tobin tried to speak but it was a fruitless endeavor; the crowds’ loud rants and heckles had […]

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    The Teamsters in 1908: Growing Strong

    Posted: April 11, 2015 Source: Teamster.org One of Daniel Tobin’s first acts as General President was appointing John M. Gillespie as the first International General Organizer.  Gillespie finished out his term as a Business Agent for Local 25 and began his service on behalf of the International Union in 1908.  Working out of Local 25 […]

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    Daniel J. Tobin: Teamster Visionary

    Posted: April 10, 2015 Source: Teamster.org Daniel Tobin’s story is in large part the story of the American Labor Movement during the tumultuous first half of the 20th century. For most American workers of the period, earning a living meant toiling for long hours for near slave wages, further burdened by work schedules determined at […]

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    In Memoriam: Clara Day, Teamster Hero

    Posted: February 7, 2015 Source: Teamster.org The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is saddened to announce the death of longtime member and union activist Clara Day. Clara Day’s contributions to Teamster history are truly memorable. She battled both race and gender stereotypes on her way to attaining a leadership positions with Local 743 in Chicago and […]

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    Boeing Drivers Among Top Performers at U.S. National Truck Driving Championship

    Posted: October 10, 2014 Source: Michael Boroughs / Teamsters Local 174 Boeing sent six drivers to the U.S. National Truck Driving Championship this summer, including (from left) Gary Bolen, Rick Colton, Mike Mygatt, Lisa Bry and Gary Nickell. Not pictured is Jeff Maas. (Jessica Oyanagi photo) Boeing drivers finished among the top performers at this […]

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    How Jimmy Hoffa tried to give unions the green flag at NASCAR

    Posted: July 12, 2014 Source: Teamster Nation Legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty and former Teamsters General President James R. Hoffa are two people you would likely never mention in the same sentence. But they have one of the most unique and interesting connections in the history of labor in sports: they both attempted to unionize NASCAR […]

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    Wal-Mart’s strategy of deniability for workers’ safety

    Posted: November 30, 2012 Source: Harold Meyerson, Talking Union Bangladesh is half a world away from Bentonville, the Arkansas city where Wal-Mart is headquartered. This week, Wal-Mart surely wishes it were farther away than that. Over the weekend, a horrific fire swept through a Bangladesh clothing factory, killing more than 100 workers, many of whose […]