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When Did 'Pension' Become a Dirty Word?

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on June 16, 2010

The United States is the greatest country in the world, but unfortunately it isn’t perfect. Our economic system is falling far short of what it’s supposed to be doing: creating a decent job for everyone who wants one.

To generate more jobs, we need an end to bad trade deals, better regulation of the financial industry and fairer rules for unions to organize workers. We also need to fix our pension system.

A Truck Driver is a Truck Driver, Not an Airline Pilot

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Hill on June 10, 2010

A truck driver is a truck driver is a truck driver. All the bullying and threats by FedEx Chief Executive Fred Smith to Congress won’t change that simple fact.

But Smith is demanding that Congress preserve a special loophole that applies only to FedEx Express – or else. In 1996, Smith lobbied for, and essentially received an exemption from the labor law that governs every other package delivery company in the United States.

Finally, the Labor Department is on the Side of Workers

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on May 12, 2010

It is a national disgrace that so many workers are killed on the job in this country. They’re killed in fields and factories, on oil rigs and in coal mines, in refineries, on utility poles and driving trucks. Last year, an average of 14 people died at work every single day.

No Middle of the Road for the Middle Class

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in the Detroit News, April 14, 2010

I am honored to inaugurate the “Labor Leaders on Labor” lecture series at Wayne State University.

Sometimes it’s a challenge for me to step outside of my role as a union leader and comment objectively about the significance of organized labor. After all, I was born into a Teamster family. I’ve been walking Teamster picket lines and attending union meetings my entire life.

FAA Reauthorization Will Put People To Work

By Greg Principato and Jim Hoffa

Published by Aviation Daily Mar. 1, 2010

President Obama recently visited Las Vegas, a city with a 13% unemployment rate. Not surprisingly, it was an airline employee who asked how he would bring jobs and tourism back to the community. The President’s response pleased us both: 

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.

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