"intervened" to argue that the best way to begin cleaning up the union was not trusteeship - government control - but to give members the right to vote for their top officers (a right, then and now, enjoyed by only a minority of U.S.
It lacks the sort of membership structure that TDU
had elaborated by the time of the Carey campaign.
La Botz -- who, as a former TDU
activist, makes no claim to objectivity -- tells the story of these efforts by rank-and-file Teamsters to change their organization in a slightly unconventional way: through the eyes of the reformers themselves.
X-rays later revealed the damage, forcing Sky to withdraw him from the TDU
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can during the overhaul process.
Standing in Hoffa's way, as usual, is TDU
, the Detroit-based network of Teamsters dissidents and its candidate, Tom Leedham, a feisty local officer from Portland, Oregon, who won 39 percent of the vote in a three-way race in 1998.
The cells are joined in tube distribution units (TDUs
) or junction boxes using push-fit connectors to provide a direct route between the network hub and the application.
The heads of most internationals today are far more like the stick-to-protocol-even-if-you-lose local leaders in Detroit than like the rabble-rousers of TDU
. To produce more victories will take more risks, more trust in the ranks, more ferment from below than incumbent union leaders can imagine.
Steve Henderson, a UPS driver in West Virginia, says surveillance was used to harass and target him because he is a TDU
member and was active in the strike.
The meeting, called by TDU
, reflected some of the ambiguities of success in the new "clean, democratic union." Among the activists were a few International Vice Presidents, some Teamster staffers, a significant number of local union officials, and a majority of rank and filers.
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"It's certainly better than nothing," said Ken Paff, organizer for the dissident Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU
), which has been chiding Teamsters President James.