A letter to the editor at the Modesto Bee has a troubling accusation:
One of the most important rights of any Teamster is seniority. I had eight very loyal and dedicated years at Teamsters Local 386 and was laid off without any regard to seniority. The union secretary-treasurer has lost touch with the principles of the union and its membership. He chose to keep his personal confidential secretary, a perk which very few union officers can afford, who had five years less seniority than I.