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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.

Bush's Trade Pact Won't Fly

You don’t have to have a Ph.D. to understand that our trade policies of the past 20 years have failed. In fact, if you were a high school graduate and had a manufacturing job that was sent to Mexico, you would get it better than any college professor or trade guru.

So-called free-trade agreements from the North American Free Trade Agreement to the Central America Free Trade Agreement to the World Trade Organization were sold as a way of boosting countries’ economies. We now know how NAFTA and subsequent trade deals have hurt U.S. workers.

Labor Unions Know There Is Safety In Numbers

This article appeared here.

Every day in the United States, dozens of workers who legally try to join a union are spied on, harassed, intimidated, and fired. Union-busting is a thriving industry for corporate thugs and lawyers throughout this country.

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