Teamsters for a Democratic Union materials
Scope and Contents
This collection contains paper materials pertaining to the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and its partner organizations. Materials include newsletters (series 2, 3, and 4) as well as TDU convention files, pamphlets, book excerpts, and studies. This collection contains both files in favor of and against TDU.
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Biographical / Historical
According to the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, “Teamsters for a Democratic Union is a grassroots organization of thousands of members across North America, working together to rebuild Teamster Power. For more than 30 years, TDU has been uniting Teamsters to put our union to work for the members.”
Teamsters for a Democratic Union was founded by rank-and-file Teamsters in 1976 amidst growing concern about the role of organized crime in the union and lack of proper focus on rank-and-file members. In 1979, TDU and the Professional Driver’s Council (PROD) merged to create a single Teamsters reform group. Throughout the 1980’s, TDU fought for better contracts and advocated for the end of corruption within the higher ranks of the union.
In 1991, TDU-endorsed reform candidate Ron Carey was elected general president of the union. Throughout the Carey presidency, multiple major reforms were made to reduce corruption in Teamster leadership. After his reelection in 1996, the IBT Election Officer ordered a re-do. Carey was disqualified and James P. Hoffa won the presidency.
Since the 1990’s, the TDU has fought to protect pension plans, build rank-and-file power, and hold elected officials accountable.
3 record cartons (Photocopies of articles and other documents relating Teamsters for a Democratic Union plus copies of Convoy Dispatch.)
Language of Materials
This collection contains materials pertaining to the Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), its predecessors, and connected organizations.
This collection is divided into four series: Teamsters for a Democratic Union Files, Convoy Dispatch Newsletters, Labor Notes Newsletters, and Union Democracy Review Newsletters. Each series is arranged chronologically.
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