Teamster History

  • Teamster History: 1932, Teamsters for Roosevelt!

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: During his first run for the White House in 1932, New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt needed strong support from the labor movement. In order for the economic recovery efforts to succeed, he would have prove himself a loyal believer in the cause. Throughout the campaign, he will spend […]

  • Teamster History: 1931, Hard Times, New Opportunities

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: In the April 1931 issue of the International Teamster, Dan Tobin takes to the page to address members with one of his most forward-thinking editorials yet. The depression, still in full force at this time, has left Tobin impatient. He wants change – both economic and social – and […]

  • Teamster History: 1930, The Great Depression

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: The Great Depression hit the unions hard — organizing efforts decreased, memberships declined, and treasuries struggled to stay afloat. Violence increased as many union men and women went on strike to protest the return of slavish working conditions a generation earlier. Many unions would falter. However, under Tobin’s leadership, […]

  • Teamster History: 1928, Party Player

    Posted: May 30, 2015 Source: Teamster History When Tobin attempted to obtain AFL endorsement of the candidacy of Democrat Alfred E. Smith in the 1928 presidential election, AFL President William Green forced a resolution through the AFL Executive Council which reaffirmed the federation’s nonpartisan policy. Tobin resigned as treasurer of the AFL in anger. Although Green and others feared the Teamsters might […]

  • Teamster History: 1927, Wise “Uncle Dan”

    Posted: May 29, 2015 Source: “Barnum was right when he said, ‘There is a sucker born every minute.” Someone has added the words, ‘Yes, sometimes twins,’ and it might rightfully be added, ‘Yes, sometimes triplets.” Writes Tobin in his first editorial of the year. The columns of “our Journal,” he goes on to say, […]

  • Teamster History: 1926, Back to Europe

    Posted: May 29, 2015 Source: During the 3-part series of articles, from November 1925 to February 1926, Tobin reports from overseas during another meeting of the League of Nations in Geneva, traveling throughout Europe on a trip that appears to be both personal and business. “Here we are in Florence!” declares Tobin in 1926, […]

  • Daniel Tobin and the Rise of the Teamsters Union

    Posted: May 28, 2015 Source: In These Times When Daniel J. Tobin was inducted in the Labor Hall of Fame last week, few modern Americans had any idea who he was. This is understandable, as Tobin, who died in 1955, retired uneventfully from the Teamsters union more than 60 years ago. And even in his […]

  • Teamster History: 1925, Eulogizing Gompers

    Posted: May 28, 2015 Source: Tobin and Gompers had shared a bond, and it’s impossible to understand the Teamsters Union without recognizing Gompers’ impact on the fledgling union. The tribute to his “life-long friend” focused not on his role in labor but his impact on the country, seeking to honor his citizenry. Of all […]

  • Teamster History: 1924, Mexico

    Posted: May 28, 2015 Source: In the 1920s, the Mexican labor movement was gaining steam and, wanting to show their support and international solidarity, the AFL decided to hold their convention in El Paso. Tobin served as a delegate and joined Gompers on a march of more than 900 workers across the International Bridge […]

  • Teamster History: 1923, Man of Principles

    Posted: May 28, 2015 Source: During the turbulent 1920s, Tobin emphasized several policies to the membership that he believed to be the underpinnings of his leadership. First, Tobin was very careful about Teamster participation in sympathy strikes, boycotts or other struggles undertaken by other unions. He wanted to make sure he understood the cause […]