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Breaking the Devil's PactThe Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob$
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James B. Jacobs and Kerry T. Cooperman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814743089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814743089.001.0001

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The 2001 Election, the Demise of Project RISE, and the IRB’s Third Term

The 2001 Election, the Demise of Project RISE, and the IRB’s Third Term

(p.167) 9 The 2001 Election, the Demise of Project RISE, and the IRB’s Third Term
Breaking the Devil's Pact

James B. Jacobs

Kerry T. Cooperman

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the International Brotherhood of Teamsters's (IBT) 2001 election for general president. It first considers the election candidates and their campaigns, along with the IBT's Las Vegas convention in June 2001 and the presidential debate pitting Chuck Mack and Tom Leedham. It then examines the preballoting election protests and the election results, which saw Hoffa win a convincing reelection victory over Leedham. It also discusses the demise of Project RISE and Ewdin Stier's charges regarding the Hoffa administration's motives for killing it. Finally, it assesses the independent review board's continued investigations of disciplinary cases and systemic corruption at the IBT during its third term.

Keywords:   election, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, convention, presidential debate, Chuck Mack, Tom Leedham, Project RISE, independent review board, corruption, Edwin Stier

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