Top local Teamster splits with Hoffa

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 30, 2010 - 11:33 PM

Longtime Twin Cities labor leader Tom Keegel dropped out of the union's leadership campaign after running three times as Hoffa's No. 2 man.

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bondo64Jul. 30, 1011:38 PM

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perronjpJul. 31, 1012:04 AM

According to a binding Arbitration Award recently granted to some Local 120 members who the Teamsters hung out to dry, this brain surgeon is leaving a sinking ship. Have Unions been instrumental in helping the working class over the years? No doubt. Did the Teamsters local 120 screw 150 or so families whose members worked in Eagan and write them off? Damn right, and the moment of reckoning is coming, that is why some rats are leaving the ship. These union officials should not be praised in the paper, rather they should be taken to task for messing with their dues paying members and their families. They are cowards with no moral compass. The Teamsters local 120 knows that they stand to lose everything because they did not stand for their members, only for personal gain. These 120 members were left high and dry, they banded together and hired a lawyer, and they only won because their cause was just. These are people that once believed in the Union, but were tossed under the bus, they have learned painful lessons. Is it possible Keegal knows nothing of this? I suppose, but just how stupid are we? The Teamsters is betting we are alot slower than children educated in public schools. Keegal being unaware of this situation in his capacity of general secretary-treasurer is like a weather man being unaware the sun is out. Give us a break.

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katnincJul. 31, 10 1:11 AM

welcome to the party, pal...

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danderson1966Jul. 31, 10 4:11 AM

It is so easy to bash the Teamsters, but what most of the anti-union people never hear is the medical and pension, yes pension, that we have even in this economy. The 1% that need to push issues and always seem to find themselves in some sort of trouble is what everyone hears about. Without unions you would not have a 40 hour work week. I find it amusing when a non-union truck driver thinks its an insult to call me a lazy Teamster when I can look down and see my boots and they cannot. With my health and welfare, pension and hourly wage I make roughly $36 an hour to drive a truck. Over paid? Maybe everyone else is under paid. Bash me all you want but I work 60 hours a week because I want to and have no income worries because my job is not going anywhere. Thank you Tom, Brad and Local 120 for all you have done for me and my family.

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SupervonJul. 31, 10 5:47 AM

how they never list the salaries of the union officials (the supposed salary, that is) and how they gouge the members for "political contributions of their choice". Unions. Commumism. What's the difference?

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BurrmanJul. 31, 10 6:53 AM

The Hoffa you are thinking of had a son, and the son is now President of the Teamsters.

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kelliherh8trJul. 31, 10 7:40 AM

all they do is drive up the cost of american made products, and force jobs overseas and south of the border.

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ironguruJul. 31, 10 8:26 AM

Since when do auto makers charge less for the cars they manufacture in Mexico? Never! Since when do tax cuts for the wealthest create jobs? Never! Because a person belongs to a union, that makes you a lazy undeserving bum? I think not! It appears to me those who dislike or hate unions are envious or even jealous of those people who do. Most union members enjoy higher wages and fringe benefit packages including health care insurance and a pension. What in the world is wrong with that? I would say to those who hate unions, shut up or join up!

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strat1954Jul. 31, 1010:19 AM

I think are good unions. Most of those jobs are "hobo" type of jobs, and that is the only way these people can get health and retirement benefits.

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maverick30usJul. 31, 10 3:05 PM

because they are as crooked as politicians. I wouldn't give you two cents for either. The teachers union has wrecked public education in this state and have bought the Demon-cratic party. If the Demons take over the governorship and the house and senate, hold onto your wallets because there will be a big sucking sound coming from your wallets.

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