The 28th International Teamsters Convention begins Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Delegates are assembling and committees are already meeting in preparation. About 6,000 Teamsters are expected to participate in this Convention, including more than 1,800 delegates who will map out the future course of the 1.4-million-member Teamsters Union.
According to the Teamsters Constitution, the International Convention is the supreme policy-making body of the union. It has the power and authority to modify the Constitution, establish programs, address fiscal issues and set priorities. This week, delegates will consider a number of constitutional measures and resolutions.
Delegates also have the important task of nominating candidates for the International offices of General President, General Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President and Trustees.
Over the weekend, Teamster delegates, alternate delegates and rank-and-file members arrived and registered for the quinquennial event with excitement for the upcoming week.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the direction we’re taking in the next five years, our political agenda and how we are going to accomplish our goals,” said Michael J. Sippy, a member of GCC Local 577-M in Milwaukee.
“I’m excited about having the opportunity to participate with a voice,” said Ransome Bradley, with Local 135 in Indianapolis.
A number of guests will speak to the Convention, including Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Rep. Steven LaTourette, actor Danny DeVito, musician Tom Morello, Missouri Treasurer and Teamster Clint Zweifel, and a delegation of union leaders and activists from all over the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, India and Mexico.