Teamster dues go to Congressional lobbyists

Union lowballs estimate, but reporters rarely check the facts

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters spent $242,000 in the first quarter to lobby on trade and currency measures, the extension of unemployment insurance benefits and the economic stimulus package passed by Congress earlier this year, according to a recent disclosure report.

The union also lobbied on the expansion of collective-bargaining rights to public safety employees and a credentialing program designed to prevent unauthorized people from gaining access to U.S. seaports.

In addition, the Teamsters lobbied on legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration, outsourcing of aircraft maintenance, the reauthorization of agriculture programs, and federal loan guarantees for refineries and biofuel production plants.

The Teamsters also lobbied on patent reform proposals, immigration reform and funding for the departments of Labor, Defense, Health and Human Services and other agencies, according to the disclosure form filed April 21 with the House clerk's office.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has 1.4 million members in industries ranging from airlines and railroads to food processing and warehousing.


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