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Hoffa: When 'Open Skies' Means Unfair Advantage

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, April 15, 2015

Unfair labor practices are once again hurting U.S. workers and threatening jobs here in Michigan and across America. This time, the threat is coming from overseas, as three airlines from the Middle East — Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates — are embracing shady financial practices and anti-worker policies to undercut U.S. companies.

Hoffa: Port Driver Efforts Show The Long, Hard Fight For Justice

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, February 25, 2015

Over the last 18 months, port truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dramatically escalated their decades-long struggle against trucking companies. These employers have misclassified them as independent contractors, which is just a wonky way of saying they engage in wage theft. But after going on strike on five separate occasions, something remarkable is happening to these drivers backed by the Teamsters -- they're winning.

Hoffa: No Time To Waste In Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published the Huffington Post, January 26, 2015

For years, big business has pushed for fast-track trade promotion authority so it can get secret trade deals it helps craft like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) enacted. It's had the support of some in Congress. Now congressional leaders want to move on fast track, and soon. That means those standing up for the interests of hardworking Americans must step up their efforts. After all, not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Hoffa: Keystone Pipeline Would Boost Middle Class

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, December 10, 2014

Jobs might not be in such short supply like they once were in Michigan and elsewhere. But good-paying jobs still are. That’s why the Teamsters support the Keystone XL pipeline project that would allow North America to produce more of the world’s oil supply. And that’s why Michigan’s elected officials should too.

Hoffa: A Clear Choice In November

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, October 8, 2014

Less than a month from today, Michiganians will have an opportunity to head to the polls. While many might be tempted to just throw up their hands instead of casting a vote, they should keep in mind what is at stake. Because rest assured, those with corporate interests certainly will.

Hoffa: TTIP Should Help, Not Hinder, Workers

By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Broker, September 22, 2014

If the U.S. and European Union want to get the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership off the ground, they need to make sure it doesn't just help companies. It needs to be a winner for workers too, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa says.

Hoffa: Detroit's Creditors Are Morally Bankrupt

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, September 10, 2014

Detroit city worker retirees have given more than their fair share when it comes to making pension concessions. So have current municipal employees. Together, they helped Motor City officials earlier this year cobble together a “grand bargain” as part of the city’s bankruptcy plan. But evidently, that’s still not enough for some.

Hoffa: GOP Turns Back On Job Creation Incentives

By Teamsters President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, August 20, 2014

Speak with any elected official, and inevitably he or she will stress the need to create more U.S. jobs. But given the opportunity to do so just before Congress went on its annual August recess, Senate Republicans decided they would rather do nothing instead.

James P Hoffa: Buy American, It Makes Dollars And Sense

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, July 9, 2014

Millions of Michiganians joined in on the celebration of the 238th birthday of this great nation last week. But while we honored U.S. independence, a proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal could take away the federal government’s ability to enforce a law allowing it to favor American companies when purchasing goods.

Hoffa: It's Time To Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, June 12, 2014

America is facing a workplace crisis due to an onslaught of temp worker hiring at companies like Taylor Farms and elsewhere. Legislation in California would give these workers additional protections. Other states should follow its lead.

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