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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.

Mitt Romney’s “Get Used To Being Poorer” Plan for the Middle Class

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published In The Detroit News on August 8, 2012

Mitt Romney’s “plan for a stronger middle class” reads like a manifesto in the war on workers – for the other side.

It isn’t even a plan and it certainly won’t strengthen the middle class. It’s simply an outline of results that he wishes will happen: lower taxes for the wealthy, smaller government and weaker rights for workers. In other words, he wants to redistribute more income to the 1 percent.

1 Percenters Flock To Support Their Own In Mitt Romney

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published In The Detroit News on July 11, 2012

The billionaires fueling Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign don’t like American workers, except to exploit them.

And they clearly know a soulmate when they see one.

At last count, 33 billionaires have donated to Romney’s “Restore Our Future” PAC.

Few of Romney’s billionaire backers make actual products – most simply siphon income from ordinary workers into their Swiss bank accounts.

A Shot of Jobs is Necessary Prescription for Ailing Economy

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published In The Detroit News on June 13, 2012

America's labor market is sick. Forty-five million Americans -- one in seven -- are unemployed or underemployed. The same numbers are on food stamps. That isn't a coincidence.

The only way to cure this sickness is with a shot of jobs. We can do that by bringing back the jobs that fled overseas.

Playing By Rigged Rules, Pretending To Be Fair

By James P. Hoffa, General President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Published In The Detroit News on May 9, 2012

There’s nothing funny about a factory closing, unless you’re Mitt Romney.

While campaigning in Wisconsin recently, he shared a “humorous” story about his father closing an auto plant and laying off workers in Michigan.

He was criticized for being “out of touch.” But I think the problem with Mitt Romney is that he doesn’t believe working families should have good jobs at good wages.

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