Sean O’Brien, a Hoffa Critic, Claims Victory in Teamster Vote


The head of a Boston native who urged a extra assertive stand towards employers just like the United Parcel Service — and an aggressive drive to arrange staff at Amazon — declared victory Thursday in his bid to guide the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

If the result’s confirmed, the victory by Sean O’Brien, a world vice chairman of the Teamsters, would put a new imprint on the practically 1.4 million-member union after greater than 20 years of management by James P. Hoffa, who didn’t search one other five-year time period.

The consequence seems to replicate frustration over the union’s most up-to-date contract with UPS and a rising dissatisfaction with the tenure of Mr. Hoffa, whose father ran the union from 1957 to 1971.

With about 90 % of the ballots tallied, Mr. O’Brien had greater than two-thirds of the vote in his race in opposition to Steve Vairma, a fellow worldwide vice chairman who had been endorsed by Mr. Hoffa. The election was carried out by mail-in ballots that have been due Monday.

Mr. O’Brien, 49, railed in opposition to the contract that the union negotiated with UPS — the place greater than 300,000 Teamsters work — for permitting the corporate to create a class of workers who work on weekends and prime out at a decrease wage, amongst different perceived flaws.

“If we’re negotiating concessionary contracts and we’re negotiating substandard agreements, why would any member, why would any person want to join the Teamsters union?” Mr. O’Brien stated at a candidate discussion board in September in which he steadily tied his opponent to Mr. Hoffa.

Mr. O’Brien has additionally criticized Mr. Hoffa’s method to Amazon, which many in the labor motion regard as an existential risk. Although the union authorized a decision at its current conference pledging to “supply all resources necessary” to unionize Amazon staff and ultimately create a division overseeing that organizing, Mr. O’Brien stated the efforts have been too late.