The first democratically elected leader of the Teamsters died yesterday at age 72 in New York City.
Ron Carey was first elected to head the Teamsters in 1991 on a vow to end mob control. In his re-election bid in 1996, he narrowly defeated James Hoffa, Jr. However, in 1998, a court-appointed review board expelled Carey from the Teamsters, concluding, according to the New York Times, he “breached his fiduciary duty by failing to stop an illegal scheme that siphoned more than $750,000 in union money into his 1996 re-election campaign.”
In 2001, Carey was charged with perjury related to the scandal. He was later acquitted on all charges.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and five children.