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Teamsters Praise Obama Budget For Focus On Jobs

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa applauded President Obama for a budget proposal that will help create jobs and restore America’s economic leadership.

Hoffa said he was especially pleased that the president budgeted more than $2 billion for clean energy efficiency and renewable energy incentives.

“President Obama’s forward-thinking budget would put people back to work in jobs based on clean and efficient energy technology,” Hoffa said. “That’s clearly where this country’s economy needs to go.”

Senate Needs To Pass FAA Reauthorization

By Jim Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Published by The Huffington Post on Jan. 28, 2010

Nearly one in five Americans who want a full-time job can’t find one. That is a serious, serious problem. It’s why the blue-collar voters of Massachusetts, who are suffering a 20 percent unemployment rate, sent Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate.

And it’s why angry voters will be sending more newcomers to Congress unless lawmakers address the issue of jobs.

What Workers Want To Hear

By Jim Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Published by The Huffington Post on Jan. 27, 2010
 

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union message to millions of working people who have lost their jobs or their homes or both. It’s essential that he show that he has workable solutions to these dire problems that are plaguing so many Americans.

I would emphasize four solutions: fair trade, financial reform, pension reform and infrastructure modernization.

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.

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