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Congress, Don't Tax Our Health Insurance Plans

Published by The Huffington Post, www.huffingtonpost.com, on Jan. 7, 2010

The last thing the American middle class needs right now is a big new tax on health insurance plans.

Many working people are now poorer than they were 10 years ago. Middle-class families earned less in inflation-adjusted dollars than they did in 1999. Homeowner wealth dropped by $11 trillion in the housing bust, and a staggering one-quarter of them owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

Road Show: Fiat-Chrysler Destroying Good U.S. Jobs

By Jim Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Published by The Detroit News on Jan. 13, 2010

Automakers at the North American International Auto Show will do their best to persuade the public that they’re successfully reinventing themselves.

On display will be vehicles based on batteries, hybrids and other advanced power trains. Fiat-Chrysler will show off Ferraris and Maseratis as well as new trim levels for the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro and Journey.

Senate Plan To Tax Health Plans Is Bad Policy

Hoffa's op-ed appeared December 17, 2009 in The Hill

Millions of working Americans will pay thousands of dollars more in taxes under the Senate proposal that taxes healthcare benefits to finance reform.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, this excise tax will affect one in five Americans.

Millions more will have their health benefits cut and see their costs go up. This is the opposite of healthcare reform.

Hoffa Urges White House To Fix Trade Policy

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa told the White House to “think America first” when it comes to trade policy.

Hoffa was representing organized labor at the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth on Dec. 3. He participated in a discussion about expanding jobs through exports, along with White House officials and business leaders.

Congress Must Act to Protect Retirement Security

For every two wage-earners in Detroit who have a job, one can’t find a job. That is three times the national unemployment rate. All of us, particularly Detroiters, should be deeply concerned.

Letter To Editor: Securing The Promised Retirement

Hoffa’s letter appeared Oct. 13, 2009 in the Washington Times.

In their zeal to attack working Americans, Jeremy Lott and F. Vincent Vernuccio misfire badly ("Pomeroy's lucre for labor," Opinion, Wednesday). They take aim at Rep. Earl Pomeroy, North Dakota Democrat, who is responding to requests from both employers and unions for help in coping with the current retirement crisis.

Colombia Doesn't Deserve Anti-Worker Trade Pact

The Colombian government is putting its prettiest face forward this week in hopes of getting an ugly trade deal with the United States.

The Colombian Embassy is placing 47 giant heart sculptures throughout Washington, D.C. It is also giving away 25,000 Colombian flowers in Union Station and encouraging photo ops with Juan Valdez.

But hearts, flowers and Juan Valdez don't tell the whole truth about Colombia.

Happy 'Enlightened' Labor Day

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week that workers in the United States apparently don't want to join unions because of the "very enlightened management in this country now, treating employees better and employees have decided they don't want to pay the dues."

McConnell, R-Ky., husband of the most anti-union Labor Secretary in history, enlightened the rest of the country with his ridiculous reason claiming why no Republican will vote for the Employee Free Choice Act

Delivering Fairness

Corporate lobbyists have a time-honored trick of slipping a few words into major legislation just before Congress adjourns.

Those few words always mean special treatment for the well-connected and powerful. They almost never help working people. And by the time the public finds out, it’s too late.

Twelve years ago, a few last-minute words strengthened FedEx’s hand against unions. No other freight or package delivery company received such a boon.

Panama: Don’t Bank On It

If we’ve learned anything in the past 15 years, it should be that offshoring jobs and deregulating financial services are certain to weaken the U.S. economy.

In light of those painful lessons, it’s hard to understand why the U.S. Trade Representative would push a trade deal with Panama.

The deal would not only encourage U.S. companies to move jobs to Panama and elsewhere, but it would encourage banks to set up subsidiaries there to avoid regulation.

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