President Hoffa Endorses Teamster Power Slate & Terry Hancock, Mike Cales Announce Candidacies

The Vairma-Herrera 2021 Teamster Power Slate announced today the addition of two new candidates, Terry Hancock, President and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 731, who will run for International Vice President and Mike Cales, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Teamsters Local 710 will run as Trustee.

“The Teamster Power Slate is deeply honored to have the support of our Teamsters General President and my friend Jim Hoffa,” said General President Candidate Steve Vairma. “I have been honored to serve on the General Executive Board with President Hoffa for the last two terms. I believe we can build on the incredible work achieved by President Hoffa and take our union into an even brighter future and our diverse, experienced slate is the team to accomplish the task.” Vairma added, “I am also extremely excited to have Terry Hancock and Mike Cales from Chicago join our team as candidates for International Vice President and Trustee. Terry and Mike exemplify what it means to be strong Teamster leaders who strive to serve the membership and with Debra Simmons-Peterson, our slate now has a Chicago Dream Team to help us win this election.”

“I am proud to lead America’s Strongest Union. But the Teamsters Union is now at a crossroad and our future is in your hands. You can vote for proven leadership that will keep our Union strong and united. Or you can vote to return to a grim past of failed leadership and a bankrupt Union, “said Teamster General President Jim Hoffa. “I am endorsing Steve Vairma, Ron Herrera and the entire Teamster Power Slate today to lead our Union for the next 5 years. They have proven leadership. They will organize the unorganized. They will hold politicians accountable and protect our pension funds. They will bring diversity and new voices. They are the Teamsters of the future.”

I am asking every Teamster to vote! Vote for the Teamster Power Slate!

Terry Hancock – Candidate for International Vice President

“I am thrilled to join the Teamster Power Slate as a Candidate for the Office of Vice President At-Large and help steer this Union towards a new era of excellence. Chicago Teamsters have long been the most passionate and engaged memberships of any region in the nation.  Here in Chicago, we are Windy City Proud and Chicago Strong! I am excited to join the outstanding team already assembled and their vision for a tougher, stronger and even greater Teamsters’ Union”.

Mike Cales – Candidate for Trustee

“I am humbled and feel extremely privileged to join the Teamster Power Slate. As a candidate for Trustee, I look forward to serving all Teamsters on the General Executive Board.  I believe my experience as union chair of the Local 710 Health Welfare and Pension Fund will serve our members well.  Most importantly, I am excited to work with the rest of the great leaders on the Teamster Power Slate to continue moving our union forward and to bring the voice of Local 710 members to the International Union.”