Teamsters union elects new president

Ian Brennan was elected president of the Teamsters union last year

The Teamsters union has elected the son of the late former Teamsters president Ronald Hoffa to succeed him as president.

Ian Brennan will take over in January.

The Teamsters had been without a leader since July, when Hoffa, 80, was elected to the US Congress.

The Teamsters (US) works for more than 60 million union members in transportation, shipping, trucking, and ancillary fields.

According to official union statistics, the union is the world’s largest with 2.4 million members in the United States and Canada.

Brennan is a member of the most powerful union in North America, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, based in Washington DC.

Hoffa, who went by the nickname Hoffa, was one of the most famous mafia figures of his generation after the FBI sought him out for questioning in 1968.

He was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in a closet at his Detroit home in 2011.

His nephew, current Teamsters president Jim Hoffa, had previously expressed interest in taking over as national president.

‘Joint enterprise’

Ian, 50, assumed the position of vice-president in 2010 and was elected to lead the union last year.

He previously served as secretary-treasurer and as a driving electrician.

Steve Stallone, vice-president of the Teamsters Transport Division, said in a statement that Brennan was “relishing the opportunity to run an inclusive, wide-ranging, and bottom-up union”.

“The Teamsters US system is a joint enterprise that unites all of the brothers together on all of our issues, problems, and challenges,” Stallone said.

The Teamsters started in 1885 as an exclusive club for New York City firefighters.

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