The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees re-elected Lee Saunders to serve another four-year term as president of the 1.6 million-member organization. Saunders ran unopposed.
Incumbent James Hoffa and Fred Zuckerman will square off for the presidency of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Both candidates garnered enough votes from delegates at the union’s convention in Las Vegas to be placed on the ballot in the general election this fall. Hoffa won 1,424 votes, while Zuckerman, the president of Teamsters Local 89 in Louisville, garnered 134 votes. In the contest for secretary, incumbent Ken Hall, running under Hoffa’s slate, garnered 1,450 delegate votes, while challenger Tim Sylvester, running with Zuckerman, received 112. While federal supervision of Teamster’s elections pursuant to a 1989 consent decree intended to root out corruption is being phased out, the election will be overseen by an independent supervisor selected by union officials.
The IAM recently launched a mobile app to help its members navigate the union’s summer convention. The app includes daily schedule details of meetings and speeches, documents, and alerts. IAM is one of several unions that have placed an emphasis on utilizing app technology to organize and educate members, including by allowing members to read union news and press releases, sign political action petitions, contact union executives, view union social media accounts, and coordinate actions such as protests and petition drives.