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No Room In Our Democracy For ALEC

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

Working Americans scored a big victory last week when four corporations withdrew their membership from a secretive group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kraft Foods and Intuit listened to their customers and quit ALEC. I hope their example is followed soon by the rest of ALEC’s members -- both the corporations that fund it and the state politicians influenced by it.

Sign Petition To Protect Our Bargaining Rights

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on March 14, 2012

In the entire history of the United States, there was only one era when working-class wages rose by as much as the incomes of professionals and managers: 1947 to 1973.

New Battlegrounds In The War On Workers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on February 8, 2012

Already this year, state lawmakers have opened brutal new fronts in the war on workers. And America's workers are fighting back as never before.

In Michigan, anti-worker bills aimed at weakening labor unions are gaining traction in the House. HB 5025, for example, would require employees' annual written authorization to have their union dues deducted from their paychecks.

A Shameful Attack On Working Families In Indiana

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Huffington Post on January 6, 2012

The central battleground in the war against workers today is the Indiana Statehouse. Anti-worker lawmakers are frantic to pass a bill that would weaken unions and shrink Indiana's middle class. The legislative fight over the measure could make the Super Bowl look like a stroll in the park.

Stop the War on Workers

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on December 14, 2011

Hardworking Americans tried to send a message to elected leaders in 2011 when they took to the statehouses, the streets and the public parks. That message was loud and clear: “Stop the War on Workers.”

Americans may not have the statistics at their fingertips, but they’re aware this country is in trouble. A comment I hear quite often is, “I don’t know what will happen if we don’t do something about it.”

President Obama Calls To Congratulate Hoffa On Teamsters Election Victory

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa takes a congratulatory phone call in his office from President Obama at 11:57 a.m. on Dec. 7. The  President called to congratulate Hoffa on his overwhelming victory in the recent IBT election. Hoffa's fourth term as General President begins in March.

Michigan's Rebound Proves Government Can Pick Winners

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on November 9, 2011

The two fastest-growing states in the United States today are Michigan and North Dakota. And they are defying conventional wisdom about how to create jobs.

Standing Together

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on October 12, 2011

Jobs are coming back from China, Mexico and Japan: Thousands of good-paying, family-supporting jobs, all at the Ford Motor Co.

Last week, the United Auto Workers and Ford negotiated a tentative agreement that will bring 5,750 UAW jobs back from overseas, in addition to the 6,250 jobs previously announced by the company.

Fighting Back

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in The Detroit News on September 14, 2011

Last week, I told a Labor Day crowd here in Detroit that there's a war on workers — a war we didn't start, but one we intend to fight.

Few people disagreed with me when I said there was a sustained, coordinated attack on workers being waged here in the United States.

Rich corporations are outsourcing the jobs of long-time workers or demanding concessions as never before — just because they think they can.

Good Jobs

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Huffington Post on September 4, 2011

Labor unions raise workers' wages, give them a voice on the job and protect them from financial and medical insecurity. They help turn a job into a good job. Good jobs create more jobs. Well-paid, secure workers spend money in their communities. They support local businesses, which can then grow and hire more workers.

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