November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – James P. Hoffa has narrowly won a fifth term as general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to final results released Nov. 21. “We will continue to lead the fight to organize the unorganized, ensure strong health care, good wages, a secure retirement and holding employers and politicians accountable,” Hoffa said in a statement.
The 75-year-old incumbent, the union’s president since 1999, received about 102,400 votes, about 6,000 more than Fred Zuckerman, president of Local 89 in Kentucky. Zuckerman won about 800 more votes in the Teamsters’ four U.S. regions, but Hoffa carried Canada with more than three-fourths of the vote there. Four Teamsters leaders from the New York City area were also elected to five-year terms on the union’s executive board. Local 237 President Greg Floyd and Local 210 secretary-treasurer George Miranda will be international vice-presidents at large, as will Fred Potter, president of Local 469 in Hazlet, N.J. Dan Kane Sr. of Local 202 was re-elected as an Eastern region vice president. Read more