First Time In 20 Years

( – In a remarkable political development, the political committee of the Teamsters union made a sizeable donation to the Republican Party for the first time in 20 years – a contribution which occurred on the day when former President Donald Trump met with its leadership.

The Teamsters’ political arm has donated $45,000 to the Republican National Committee (RNC), per a disclosure reported by Breitbart News.

This financial gesture coincided with a meeting between former President Donald Trump and the Teamsters’ top brass, their second assembly in January, according to The Washington Post, which first broke news of the donation.

The Teamsters’ long-standing affinity for Democrat causes is well-known — evidenced by a $135,000 donation to the Democratic National Committee in December and an additional $15,000 in March 2023.

Thus, its new financial support to the RNC represents a significant departure from its historical donation patterns, the last of which was a $15,000 contribution in 2004, the report elaborates.

This shift has purportedly sparked anger among some of the union’s more progressively inclined leaders and members, Breitbart comments.

Nevertheless, Trump commands considerable favoritism among a broad swath of the union’s rank-and-file, as reported by the Post.

Representing approximately 1.3 million workers in UPS and other transportation sectors, the union has previously thrown its support behind Democrat candidates, endorsing Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and President Joe Biden in 2020.

However, it has refrained from endorsing any candidate for the 2024 election, even as other labor organizations have already pledged their support to Biden.

John Palmer, a member of the Teamsters executive board, made it clear that the RNC donation could be perceived as a subtle nod of approval toward Trump.

“We’ve never done anything like this in my time on the board. I suspect the play is that we’ll have a bit more leverage with the GOP, but it appears like a tacit endorsement of Trump,” he said.

The Post highlighted Biden’s perceived achievements for the labor sector, notably his appointment of a labor advocate as head of the National Labor Relations Board, facilitating easier union membership for workers, and the authorization of massive federal investments in infrastructure, semiconductor manufacturing, and climate initiatives aimed at promoting union employment.

However, Biden faced criticism in 2022 from railroad workers after he proposed that Congress enforce a union agreement to prevent a strike. This agreement notably omitted provisions for paid sick leave.