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James P. Hoffa: U.S.-Korea Pact Shows the False Promises of ‘Free’ Trade

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, March 12, 2014

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa explains there is more to bad trade than NAFTA or even the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Smaller, less publicly-known deals such as the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), which is coming up on its two-year anniversary, are costing thousands of Michiganders and Americans their jobs.

James Hoffa: Voices Against Fast Track Are Growing Louder

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, February 12, 2014

Thousands of Teamsters have contacted their congressional members in recent weeks to let them know “fast track” trade authority is the wrong track for America. And the message is getting through.  Lawmakers are increasingly realizing that giving the administration free rein to push through trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without input from Congress is bad for workers.

Congress, Detroit Have Role In Improving Retirement Confidence

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 13, 2013

A secure retirement used to be seen as a right for all hard-working Michiganders. Whether you were a city government employee in Detroit or a private sector worker in Pontiac, if you put in the time and did your job well, you would be rewarded with a nest egg for your golden years that would allow you live comfortably.

The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on February 13, 2013

Michigan’s lame-duck legislative session was just a warm up for radical billionaires. They are now spreading their gospel of greed and corporate empowerment to Statehouses throughout the country.

Anti-worker laws enacted in Michigan are now appearing as legislation in New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and Missouri. The strikingly similar language suggests a coordinated attack on working people. 

Let the Majority Rule: It’s Time for Filibuster Reform

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on January 9, 2013

The Employee Free Choice Act would be the law of the land today if it weren't for the modern filibuster.

The Employee Free Choice Act, or EFCA, would have made it easier to organize a union. In 2008, it easily passed the House of Representatives. A solid majority of U.S. senators supported the bill. But they never got a chance to vote on it, and EFCA died.

Snyder Declares Civil War In Michigan

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on December 12, 2012

Working families are taking to the streets, the shopping malls and to Lansing to protest the attempt to enact a law that conveys no rights and provides no work.

The past few days of action are only the opening salvo in Michigan’s civil war. It is a fight between billionaires who want to turn the Midwest into Canada's Mexico and working people trying to save Michigan's middle class.

No Need to Rush to Avoid Fiscal Cliff

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on November 14, 2012

Working people sent a clear message on Nov. 6: We do not want cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. We do want jobs, investment in infrastructure and higher taxes on millionaires.

Remember When Romney Cracked Down on Outsourcing? Me Neither

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Huffington Post on November 4, 2012

Millions of Americans need good-paying jobs. Unfortunately, Mitt Romney doesn't have a plan to create them.

That's just what you'd expect from a man who made his fortune sending American jobs overseas and profitable companies into bankruptcy.

The Shrinking Of Our Middle Class Is No Accident

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published in The Detroit News on October 10, 2012

If you’re lucky enough to have a job, but you feel like you’re working harder than ever, your paycheck is shrinking and your bills are piling up – well, you’re right.

You’re feeling the effects of inequality in America. Last year, the gap between rich and poor Americans was the widest in 40 years.

Collective Bargaining Is Good For All Of Us

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published In The Detroit News on September 12, 2012

The Greatest Generation won two World Wars, put a man on the moon, built the interstate highway system and created the most dynamic economy on earth.

Between 1946 and 1973, the U.S. economy was a powerhouse. The middle class grew strong and millions of Americans rose out of poverty. The words "Made in America" meant something — something the world envied.

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