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Teamsters Timeline 1985-Present

1850 - 1949 | 1950 - 1971 | 1972 - 1984 | 1985 - present





January: Ray Schoessling steps down as GS-T, Weldon Mathis replaces him. “Buy American” program launched.

March: Human Services Department established, Fr. David Boilleau as director.

May: IBT establishes an Asian Pacific branch in Taipei, Taiwan.

July: Retirees Affairs Department begins volunteer medical and health care equipment loan program; first National Trades Divisions meeting held in Dearborn.

TeamCare is established by the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Health and Welfare Fund.





February 13: Leadership Academy inaugurated.

March: Teamster history project inaugurated, Frank Gannon project director.

July: IBT holds Teamster Teacher Training Program at Cornell. 23rd convention held in Las Vegas.

Fall: Teamsters International Service Bureau Program set up at IBT, modeled on the Ohio Conference of Teamsters Family Services Program.

October: IBT kicks off a national drug awareness program, with Sylvester Stallone as spokesman.

November 14-16: First Teamsters Conference on Women in the Workplace held in Dallas; Jackie Presser leads an IBT delegation to England, Germany and Spain.





February: IBT and TMI’s Joint Committee on Industry Development hold a conference in Washington to discuss challenges and trends in the freight industry.

April 8-9: IBT hosts a conference of the Joint Council of Flight Attendant Unions.

August 3: Special leadership session is held in San Diego to address the rumored takeover of the IBT by the US Department of Justice.

September 15: 5000 Teamsters meet is Cincinnati to develop a plan of action to thwart a federal takeover of the IBT, a grassroots movement against takeover continues after the meeting.

October: GEB votes to re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO.





IBT announces a boycott of Shell Oil for its role in maintaining apartheid in South Africa.

January: IBT begins an organizing campaign at Overnite Transportation plants in Ohio.

April: Atlanta-area Teamsters join “Jobs with Justice” march in Atlanta.

June 28: GEB releases a statement denouncing the filing of a RICO lawsuit by the department of Justice aimed at taking over the IBT.

July 9: Jackie Presser dies of cancer and heart disease; William McCarthy is chosen to replace him.

October: GEB endorses George H.W. Bush for president.

October 28: 2000 Teamsters meet in Chicago in a special leadership session to discuss the IBT’s future in light of the RICO lawsuit.





February: IBT joins with three other unions representing newspaper worked in the Newspaper Industry Coordinating Committee to combat union-busting in the newspaper industry.

March 14: IBT settles with RICO suit with Department of Justice, Edward Lacey named independent administrator.

April: Fifteen month long Ohio Overnite organizing campaign victorious.

June: Retiree Affairs Department publishes paper and distributes a petition supporting universal health care funding.

October 7: IBT joins AFL-CIO and 150 national and community organizations in a Housing NOW! March in Washington DC calling for decent, affordable housing.





April: IBT launches national Overnite organizing campaign.

November/December: Strategic Planning Committee formed.





January: GEB passes resolution in support of Persian Gulf War.

May 10: Weldon Mathis announces that he will not seek re-election as GS-T.

June: IBT holds its 24th International Convention at Orlando, FL, William McCarthy presiding; delegates nominate candidates for international office – Durham, Shea and Carey are candidates for GP; Leu, Ligurotis and Sever for GS-T.

August: IBT members participate in AFL-CIO Solidarity Day in Washington DC.

September: October and November issues of The International Teamster carry ads in support of or opposition to various people who are running for international office.

Various subcommittees of the Strategic Planning Committee formed; these include Organizing/Retention, Restructuring, Women and Minority Affairs, Image Development, Benefit/Negotiating, and International.

November: Ballots sent out to membership with December 10 deadline; November 2, International Teamsters Women’s Caucus formed in Boston.

December: Ron Carey elected GP, Tom Sever as GS-T.

Diamond Walnut boycott launched as striking Diamond workers are permanently replaced.





February 1: Carey inaugurated GP at IBT in Washington DC.
April/May: Name of IBT magazine is changed from The International Teamster to The New Teamster.
July: Carey establishes IBT Human Rights Commission; Household Goods, Moving and Storage Division established (split off from Building Material and Construction Division).
August: Carey establishes a new Ethical Practices Committee, to be assisted by Decision Strategies, Inc.
September: IBT endorses Bill Clinton for president.





IBT establishes Teamster Privilege program offering credit cards and other benefits.





February 18: A membership referendum ballot is mailed out to IBT members to vote for or against a dues increase to replenish the strike benefits fund and other IBT programs; increase rejected by a 3-1 margin.

March 4-6: Teamsters Women’s Conference held in Chicago.

The four US area conferences are abolished.





January: Warehouse Division wins national contract with Kroger grocery chain; The Teamster Leader begins publication.

March: The New Teamster is renamed Teamster.

April: Teamsters Warehouse Division News and Teamsters Brewery & Soft Drink Update begin publication.

July 13: Detroit newspaper strike begins, six unions involved including IBT.

September 15-17: Teamsters Civil Rights Conference held in Washington DC.





July: International convention held in Philadelphia.

November: Ballots are mailed for International office election, Carey and JPH candidates for GP with December 14 deadline; Ron Carey is re-elected GP (beats JPH by close margin of 52/48%).





March 22: Carey sworn in for second term as GP.

August: Striking UPS workers win new and better contract after (?) months on strike.

October: Carey’s election win is reversed due to charges of use of IBT funds by his campaign; new election set for 1998; Carey takes leave to appeal disqualification, GS-T takes up GP’s duties in the meantime; Independent Financial Auditor put in place.





November 2: Ballots are mailed to membership with December 3 deadline, main contenders are Tom Leedham and JPH, JPH wins 54.5/39.3%.





May 1: JPH inaugurated GP, his sister Judge Barbara Crancer administered oath of office.

Summer: National carhaul contract ratified.

October: New push against allowing unsafe Mexican trucks from crossing the border and driving US highways; Overnite strike begins in Memphis October 24th.

November: Anti-corruption task force formed composed of senior IBT staff with assistance from former assistant US attorney Ed Stier and Judge Harris Hartz.

December: Labor Research Association holds dinner honoring JPH, Clinton a speaker, his speech opposing unsafe Mexican trucking on US roads.





January 19-20: JPH briefs joint council officers on anti-corruption measures in Chicago.

Spring: GEB authorizes James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund.

June 16: TNBC holds its 25th anniversary educational conference in Las Vegas.

September: GEB endorses Al Gore for president; Unity Conference held in Las Vegas.

October 23-26: First Teamsters CPA Conference held in Las Vegas.

November/December: First Unity Conference held in Las Vegas.





June 25, 26: International convention begins in Las Vegas; resolutions included establishing a National Organizing Training Program; a Blue Ribbon Commission was created to examine how to better finance union activity; the separate national identity of Canadian Teamsters was acknowledged; Project RISE created.

September: NYC Teamsters help in terror attack debris cleanup.

October 21: Ballots are mailed to membership with November 12 deadline, JPH and Tom Leedham contenders for GP.





January: JPH re-elected GP with 2-1 margin; GEB passes resolution to support the new Teamster capital Strategies Program the purpose of which is help members actively exercise their ownership and shareholder rights in pension fund and health and welfare trusts.

March: Independent Financial Auditorship lifted; IBT officers are sworn in at Teamster Women’s Conference held in Chicago  March 22nd.

April 30: A Special Convention is held in Las Vegas to approve the Blue Ribbon Finance Commission’s report and findings.

September: New bilingual Welcome to the Teamsters handbook becomes available.

November/December: The Teamsters: Perception and Reality: An Investigative Study of Organized Crime Influence in the Union is produced, part of RISE program.





January: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen affiliate with IBT.

IBT endorses John Kerry for president

October 26: Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way employees votes to affiliate with IBT.





January: Graphic Communications International Union affiliates with IBT.

August: IBT disaffiliates with AFL-CIO and joins six other unions to form the Change to Win Coalition.

September: IBT lends major support to Hurricane Katrina disaster assistance efforts.





June: IBT holds 27th convention in Las Vegas, NV.

November: Hoffa and Keegel are re-elected General president and General Secretary-Treasurer.

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