Carey claims victory

Supporters of Teamsters president Ron Carey vowed that their team would continue their campaign to rid the union of corruption and nepotism, including locals that cover the movie and TV industry.

Carey declared victory Saturday in his re-election bid against challenger James Hoffa Jr. Carey had 226,593 votes to Hoffa’s 209,896 votes, with 41,000 challenge ballots still pending.

The 1.4 million-member union includes about 5,000 to 6,000 members in the motion picture and TV industry nationwide. Carey carried the largest movie industry local, Los Angeles Local 399, by a wide margin. The vote was 618 in favor of Carey to 321 in favor of Hoffa. Leo Reed, the secretary-treasurer of the local and director of the Teamsters movie division, is a Carey supporter.

But in his reform campaign over the past five years, Carey has targeted other movie locals across the country, charging nepotism and favoritism in the employment of family members and friends of local leaders. He has placed locals in areas such as Dallas, Chicago and Miami into receivership and has suspended local leaders elsewhere.

Teamsters members who work in the entertainment business include drivers, mechanics, warehouse workers and location managers.

Even though entertainment workers make up only a small percentage of the total membership, the industry nonetheless came to the forefront as an issue in the campaign.

In August, Carey placed Chicago Local 714 into trusteeship, charging nepotism and favoritism in the handing of jobs to local leaders’ family members. Bill Hogan Jr., Hoffa’s running mate, ran the local, raising charges from the Hoffa camp that Carey’s move was tinged with politics.

In the Chicago local, Hoffa captured 1,544 votes to Carey’s 1,154 votes.

In Dallas, where Carey had targeted T.C. Stone, leader of a local that includes movie industry workers, Carey trailed Hoffa. He captured 1,389 votes to Hoffa’s 2,878 votes.

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