251 Wrong: Lying About Threats & Intimidation


251 Wrong was at the center of the worst threats and intimidation scandal in our local’s history. Now, they claim to be against “threats and intimidation.”

This would be funny, but there’s nothing funny about threats and intimidation.

During the last Local 251 election, Hoffa Vice President Sean O’Brien was caught on video threatening “to punish” anyone who voted against Joe Bairos.

An anti-corruption panel, the Independent Review Board, ruled Sean O’Brien was guilty of making illegal threats and suspended him from union membership.

O’Brien has never apologized and to this day 251 Wrong has never condemned O’Brien for threatening Local 251 members.

Their hollow claim to be “against threats and intimidation” means nothing. Actions speak louder than words. 

Local 251 members put an end to threats and intimidation by voting out Joe Bairos and we are not going back.

Vote 251 United Action when you get your ballot on February 22. 


The Local 251 Election & You


On February 22, you will get a ballot to elect the delegates that Local 251 will send to the Teamster Convention in Las Vegas.

The Teamster Convention in Las Vegas will affect your job, your future and your wallet. The old Local 251 officials kept what happened at the Convention a secret. But what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas anymore. 

Find out how this election affects you. Vote 251 United Action Slate to protect your rights. 

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251 United Action Event

Join your Teamster brothers and sisters at this important event for 251 United Action supporters.

February 13th
11 a.m.
$10 Suggested Donation–includes lunch
Cash bar

Tomaselli's at Rosario
17 Rosario Drive
Providence, RI 02909

The 251 United Action Slate only accepts contributions from current Teamster members.
Retirees and non-Teamsters may donate to the Teamsters United Legal & Accounting Fund.

We're Voting 251 United Action

matt-carter.jpgNo Dues Increase

“Hoffa and Joe Bairos raised our dues at a Teamster Convention in Las Vegas—with no vote of the members. We can’t let that happen again. I’m voting 251 United Action Slate.”

Matt Carter, McLaughlin & Moran

 tyler-marshall.jpgHonest Union Leaders

“When Kevin Reddy and Joe Bairos were in office, the union just took our money and did nothing for members at Rhode Island Hospital. Management is as bad as ever, but at least now we have union leaders who are honest and try to help the members.”

  Ty Marshall, Jr., Rhode Island Hospital

hackett2-web.jpg Fight Concessions & Pension Cuts

“Under Hoffa, my pay got cut by 15 percent and my pension was slashed to practically nothing. Now Bairos is back asking for my vote so he can go to the Teamster Convention and support Hoffa? Over my dead body. I'm voting United Action."

  John Hackett, New Penn

nick-orabona-web.jpgStanding Up to UPS

“For the first time, UPS Teamsters have Union Reps that are in our corner. Management doesn't like it and neither do Hoffa, Obrien or Joe Bairos. Well too bad. We're voting United Action."

 — Nick Orabona, UPS


mike-trudeau-web.jpgUnion Reps that Back Us

“We didn’t vote for them in the local election but from day one, the United Action team has fought for us at McLaughlin and Moran. Joe Bairos came to an arbitration as a company witness against us! We’re voting for union reps that side with the members, not the company.”

 Mike Trudeau, McLaughlin & Moran


 Vote Hoffa Out

“We cleaned house in Local 251 and we need to do the same thing in our International Union. I’m voting 251 United Action so we can vote Hoffa out in 2016.”

 — Carissa Paolino, UPS


Hoffa: Hurting Local 251 Members


James P. Hoffa was elected International Union president because of his father’s famous last name. But Hoffa Jr. is no Hoffa, and his failed record is hurting Local 251 members.

Hoffa has been in office for 17 years. In that time, Local 251 members have paid over $10 million in dues to the Hoffa administration and the International Union.

What has Hoffa done for Local 251 members in return?

Negotiated Givebacks & Weak Contracts: The Hoffa administration has given contract concessions to hugely profitable employers like UPS, including a second contract at UPS Freight that is inferior to the National Master Freight Agreement his father fought so hard for. Hoffa has given up on the freight industry, failing to organize the non-union competition and raise industry standards.

Protected Corrupt Officials: The Hoffa administration has protected corrupt union officials, like Kevin Reddy in Local 251. Hoffa Vice President Sean O’Brien threatened to “punish” Local 251 members if they voted against Reddy and Joe Bairos. We stood up to these threats and cleaned up our local.

No Support for Thousands of Members: Local 251 members who work under local contracts get no support from the International Union when we are fighting for better contracts. A case in point is Rhode Island Hospital where the International Union did nothing to help 2,400 members during contract negotiations or in our campaign  against unsafe staffing. 

Raised Your Dues: Hoffa imposed the biggest dues increase in our union’s history with no vote of the members. Our opponent in this election, Joe Bairos, voted for this dues hike at a previous Teamster Convention.

Outrageous Salaries for Union Officials: Hoffa's presidency paid off big-time for Joe Bairos, but not for Local 251 members. Bairos was paid $15,000 annually for a job in the Carhaul Division, when Local 251 doesn't have any carhaul members! Talk about a waste.

This fall, an election will be held for International Union officers. Hoffa cannot defend his record so he is trying to prevent an election by blocking all opposition candidates from being nominated at the Teamster Convention.

The 251 United Action Slate will vote to nominate Teamsters United candidates to run against Hoffa in the International Union election.

Local 251 members want a democratic union and an International Union that puts the members first.

Vote United Action Slate!