During a time of national unrest, early vote counts suggest the Teamsters may get a new national president in their Marble Palace.
As American voters opted for a seismic shift by voting to elect Donald Trump to become the next U.S. President, members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters may be heading in the same direction, based on early vote totals published by the Teamsters for a Democratic Union.
Since being required to do so under a federal lawsuit, the Teamsters is one of the few unions in the nation that allows its members to vote in election for the union’s national president.
James P. Hoffa, the 75-year old son of notorious Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, has been running the Teamsters union since 1999.
While his presidency has been challenged in every 5-year election since he took office, this year’s election may be his last if the current trends continue.
According to the vote tally published by the Teamsters for a Democratic Union, Hoffa is currently trailing his opponent Fred Zuckerman.
“Fred Zuckerman has overtaken Hoffa based on the overwhelming win in the Central Region where Teamsters United won with over 58% of the vote,” according to the TDU website. “Over 50,000 ballots remain to be counted. This race is a nail-biter and we have a long way to go.”
If Zuckerman wins, like Trump’s victory on November 8th, it will be a huge upset victory inside the union movement.