New Teamster Officer to Run Against Hoffa
The director of the Teamsters’ warehouse workers division said he plans to run for union president because the current challenger to James P. Hoffa is going to withdraw from the race. Tom Leedham, an officer with Teamsters Local 206 in Oregon, said he will announce his candidacy as soon as he puts together a reform slate with candidates running for other positions. He said he decided to run because he learned that the current reform candidate for president, Ken Hall, will withdraw for medical reasons. Hall, who led a successful Teamsters strike last year against United Parcel Service, could not be reached for comment. Diana Kilmury, co-chair of Teamsters for a Democratic Union, a caucus that had backed Hall’s candidacy, said she was “99%" certain Hall would not run because of a serious eye condition that required surgery.