As of 2015, the Teamsters for a Democratic Union's organizational goal is to utilize the power of its grassroots union and members to improve and rebuild power for teamsters. The organization is made up of a wide range of members, including public sector teamsters, delivery workers, UPS workers, truck drivers and clerical workers. Teamsters for a Democratic Union utilizes its members to ensure that teamster power does not get eroded due to cuts in benefits or contract concessions.
The Teamsters for a Democratic Union also lobbies for strong contracts on behalf of its members and is led by the International Steering Committee. The organization's leading body is elected annually during a convention and is chosen from its range of members.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union was founded in 1976 to reform existing Teamsters unions that were stated to be under the control organized crime. The organization was also successful in earning the right to vote for its own top officers through the collection of over 100,000 signatures for a petition through its chapters around the United States in 1985. This petition was presented during the Teamster convention of 1986, though a movement for direct elections were voted down. Teamster Union members did not receive the right to direct voting until 1989.