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    :: Monday, January 02, 2006 ::

    Hoffa faces tough re-election drive-Teamster chief's failure to end government control of union looms as key campaign issue. - The Detroit News
    The past year was a tumultuous one for the 1.4 million member union. It joined six other unions to break away from the AFL-CIO last summer in a bitter dispute over the future of the labor movement in America, the biggest rift in organized labor in nearly 70 years.

    And while the union lost members in 2005 because of corporate downsizing and outsourcing of work to foreign countries, successful organizing campaigns this year resulted in a net gain of several thousand new members, Hoffa said.

    This is in addition to the 150,000 members added by the mergers in 2003 and 2004 with the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, and Graphic Communications International Union.
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