Steve Vairma, the top Teamsters Union official in seven Rocky Mountain states, has agreed to be a vice presidential candidate on James P. Hoffa’s slate of candidates for the union’s international executive board.
This is good news for some 40,000 Teamsters in the seven Rocky Mountain states who have not had direct representation on the executive board of the union since 2005.
Hoffa, two-term general president of the union, and 27 other members of his slate will be candidates in the union’s election in November next year. The slate will be nominated in July in Las Vegas. Two candidates have announced that they will oppose Hoffa, and one of them also has a slate of candidates running with him.
Vairma is the popular chief officer of Teamsters Local 455, based in Denver, which has about 11,000 members and is the largest Teamsters local between Kansas City and the West Coast. He has been head of the local since 1996 when he was first elected secretary-treasurer. He previously served 12 years as a business agent for the local. Since 2007, Vairma has been president of Teamsters Joint Council 3, which represents local unions with about 40,000 members in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and parts of Idaho.
The union leader first became a Teamster when he worked as a warehouseman for Associated Grocers of Colorado. He now serves as the western region warehouse director for the international Teamsters Union. In addition, he is a member of the IBT/HERE Employee Representative Council.
He is a graduate of Denver West High School and attended Red Rocks Community College, the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado CLEAR program. He attended courses at the International Foundation and Labor Arbitration Services.