This week Sandy Pope announced that she will run for national president of the Teamsters Union, a position currently held by James Hoffa.
Pope, a former truck drive, warehouse worker, and union organizer, is currently president of Teamster local 805 in New York City.
In a press release announcing her candidacy, Pope said, “We need a Teamster General President who will put the power of our union to work for the members.”
Pope is supported by Teamsters for Democracy,a national, grassroots caucus of Teamsters fighting to make the Teamsters a rank-and-file centered union.
Pope sees the fight to improve the lives of working people going beyond bread and butter unionism that concentrates solely on bargaining with bosses.
“Wall Street drove our economy over the cliff, but working people are the ones paying the price—and, too often, unions are the ones getting the blame. We need to stand up to that, not cave in,” said Pope in her press release.