Teamsters Endorse Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Friday, February 3, 2017

Via Press Release

WASHINGTON DC – International Brothers of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa released a statement endorsing Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is the 4th largest union in the country representing more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women. 

Keith Ellison is also endorsed by the AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, American Federation of Government Employees, Communications Workers of America, UNITE HERE, and National Nurses United. 

Keith is also endorsed by union presidents and leaders such as Lee Saunders of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, Leo Gerard of United Steelworkers, Chris Shelton of Communications Workers of America, RoseAnn DeMoro of National Nurses United, Lawrence Hanley of Amalgamated Transit Union, Mark Dimondstein of American Postal Workers Union, Rev. and Terry L. Melvin of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Secretary-Treasurer of the New York State AFL-CIO. 

He is also endorsed by worker advocates Dolores Huerta, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers Union, Linda Chavez Thompson, Executive Vice President, Emerita of the AFL-CIO and past Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Maria Elena Durazo of UNITE HERE and Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder of ROC United and ROC Action.

Teamsters Statement:

“Today, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison to lead the Democratic National Committee. Rep. Ellison is a strong voice for working families and labor.

“It is time for the Democratic Party to get back to its roots and focus on the issues that matter most to workers – jobs, health care and retirement security. Rep. Ellison is a proven organizer who knows that these battles are won in the field, not the corridors of Washington.

“In order to remain a relevant force in American politics, the Democratic National Committee must change direction and not take any of its natural constituencies for granted.

“Rep. Ellison understands the challenges that lie ahead and will enact the changes necessary
for the Democratic Party to once again lead the fight for working families.”

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million
hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information.