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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.

Hoffa: Repeal The Pension Tax On Michigan Seniors

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, June 11, 2014

Gov. Rick Snyder talked a good game during a forum last week in Rochester about how to improve the lives of older Michiganders. But he keeps on missing the most obvious way to do so — repealing a pension tax he championed three years ago.

James P. Hoffa: Road Bills Could Lead To Taxpayer Rage

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, May 14, 2014

A package of road bills approved by the Michigan House don't go far enough to improve transportation infrastructure in the state and place an increased tax burden on the middle class, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa says.

James P. Hoffa: Michigan Lawmakers Should Put Public First

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News, April 9, 2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the state Legislature have to focus less on politics and more on potholes if they want to truly serve their constituents.

James P. Hoffa: So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post, April 8, 2014

ALEC and the Koch Brothers falsely preach that right to work (for less) gives workers more freedom. But all it guarantees is that hard-working Americans will work more for less if states continue to approve such bad laws. Thankfully, more states are just saying no. President Hoffa explains why.

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. 

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