The Teamsters have appointed At-Large Vice President Fred Potter of New Jersey as Director of the union's Port Division.

Potter will replace departing Western Region Vice President Chuck Mack on June 1.

"Misclassified independent contractors at our nation's ports are the most exploited truck drivers, and they need protections that only a strong Teamster contract can provide," said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. "I'm proud of the extraordinary progress towards economic and environmental justice we have achieved under the leadership of Chuck Mack, and I am confident that Fred Potter will build on this success and provide the direction necessary to finally secure the American Dream for these workers."

Mack said Potter's selection is an example of the union's commitment to transform port trucking into a stable and growing industry that rewards and values its drivers, and helps responsible companies compete.

"Fred understands that 21st century challenges require sound policies to take care of the environment, our economy, and the workers who depend on both," said Mack, who played an instrumental role in garnering Congressional support for the Los Angeles Clean Trucks Program. "Always full of humor, he earns your respect even in moments of disagreement because he listens to and works with all stakeholders to achieve effective solutions for business and labor alike."

Potter will continue to serve as President of Local 469 in Hazlet and has recently been appointed to his second five-year term as a Commissioner to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.