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James P. Hoffa: So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

ALEC and the Koch Brothers falsely preach that right to work (for less) gives workers more freedom. But all it guarantees is that hard-working Americans will work more for less if states continue to approve such bad laws. Thankfully, more states are just saying no. President Hoffa explains why.

James P. Hoffa: U.S.-Korea Pact Shows the False Promises of ‘Free’ Trade

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa explains there is more to bad trade than NAFTA or even the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Smaller, less publicly-known deals such as the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which is coming up on its two-year anniversary, are costing thousands of Michiganders and Americans their jobs.

James Hoffa: Voices Against Fast Track Are Growing Louder

Thousands of Teamsters have contacted their congressional members in recent weeks to let them know “fast track” trade authority is the wrong track for America. And the message is getting through.  Lawmakers are increasingly realizing that giving the administration free rein to push through trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without input from Congress is bad for workers.

Congress, Detroit Have Role In Improving Retirement Confidence

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 13, 2013

A secure retirement used to be seen as a right for all hard-working Michiganders. Whether you were a city government employee in Detroit or a private sector worker in Pontiac, if you put in the time and did your job well, you would be rewarded with a nest egg for your golden years that would allow you live comfortably.

The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on February 13, 2013

Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session was just a warm up for radical billionaires. They are now spreading their gospel of greed and corporate empowerment to Statehouses throughout the country.

Anti-worker laws enacted in Michigan are now appearing as legislation in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Missouri. The strikingly similar language suggests a coordinated attack on working people. 

Let the Majority Rule: It’s Time for Filibuster Reform

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on January 9, 2013

The Employee Free Choice Act would be the law of the land today if it weren't for the modern filibuster.

The Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, would have made it easier to organize a union. In 2008, it easily passed the House of Representatives. A solid majority of U.S. senators supported the bill. But they never got a chance to vote on it, and EFCA died.

Snyder Declares Civil War In Michigan

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on December 12, 2012

Working families are taking to the streets, the shopping malls and to Lansing to protest the attempt to enact a law that conveys no rights and provides no work.

The past few days of action are only the opening salvo in Michigan’s civil war. It is a fight between billionaires who want to turn the Midwest into Canada's Mexico and working people trying to save Michigan's middle class.

No Need to Rush to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 14, 2012

Working people sent a clear message on Nov. 6: We do not want cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. We do want jobs, investment in infrastructure and higher taxes on millionaires.

Remember When Romney Cracked Down on Outsourcing? Me Neither

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Huffington Post on November 4, 2012

Millions of Americans need good-paying jobs. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney doesn't have a plan to create them.

That's just what you'd expect from a man who made his fortune sending American jobs overseas and profitable companies into bankruptcy.

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