November 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – James P. Hoffa appears to have narrowly won re-election to a fifth term as president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, beating back a surprisingly strong challenge from Fred Zuckerman.
Unofficial results as of Nov. 18 showed Hoffa leading by about 6,000 votes out of 196,000 cast. Members in Canada put Hoffa, son of former Teamsters leader James R. “Jimmy” Hoffa, over the top against Zuckerman, president of Local 89 in Louisville, Kentucky, backing the incumbent by a margin of more than 3-1. Hoffa won the union’s Eastern and Western U.S. divisions, while Zuckerman carried the Central and Southern divisions. Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, a close Hoffa ally, also won re-election, but challengers on the Zuckerman slate won six vice-president positions in the Southern and Central divisions. Hoffa had won 60% of the vote when he was re-elected in 2011, but Zuckerman cut into that by winning support from members angry about contract concessions and impending pension cuts. The final result probably won’t be certified until January, after questions over about 15,000 contested ballots are resolved, said independent election supervisor Richard Mark. Read more