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.
Hoffa's Hot Topics
For more than 15 years, Jim Hoffa has been North America’s top Teamster, with his eyes firmly focused on how to improve this union so it can better serve its 1.4 million members. To do so, Hoffa knows the Teamsters must take a stand on critical public policy issues that affect our membership and workers at large. Whether it’s trade, no-rights-at-work, misclassification, worker safety or a host of other matters, Hoffa has and will continue to use his position as a bully pulpit to demand change that benefits hardworking Americans. Below is a listing of his take on the issues.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
No president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has had the opportunity to positively impact the lives of every American that Barack Obama has before him. He has inherited quite a mess, but I know that he is up to the challenges that lie ahead.
Last month’s dreadful auto sales are just one indication of how bad things have gotten. GM and Ford’s U.S. sales plunged by a third in December, Chrysler’s by more than half.