Encyclopedia of Interest Groups and Lobbyists in the United by Ness I.

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Then in 1977, Hoffa, recently pardoned by President Richard Nixon, disappeared and is believed by many to have been murdered. The union leadership continued to be associated with organized crime figures through the 1970s and 1980s. For about half a century, the Teamsters were a union dominated by organized crime and corruption until two factors led to its democratic transformation. First, Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), a dissident faction within the union, sought to bring about change through greater democracy and membership participation.

ACTIVITIES: CURRENT AND FUTURE Among the critical legislative items that LIUNA’s Laborers’ Political League has been involved with is campaign finance reform. Arguing that donations from corporations and wealthy individuals outstripped those by labor unions by more than eight to one—and that donations by the former have increased 20 times faster than those by the latter—LIUNA supported the McCainFeingold political finance reform act. More vociferously, they opposed efforts by Majority Leader Trent Lott to kill the bill by adding the ‘‘poison pill’’ amendment, whereby unions would have to obtain written permission of individual members before spending their dues on political action.

The International Teamster. Vols. 1–51, 1942–1992. International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The New Teamster. Vol. 52. 1992–present. org La Botz, Dan. Rank and File Rebellion: Teamsters for a Democratic Union. New York: Verso, 1990. Teamsters for a Democratic Union. Teamster Information Network. Vol. 1. 1977–present. Teamsters Research Bulletin. Harder Work—Lower Pay: What’s Happening to American Workers? April 1995. Zeller, F. C. Duke. Devil’s Pact: Inside the World of the Teamsters Union. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Group, 1996.

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