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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.

Stimulus Works

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News on August 10, 2011

The debt deal passed by Congress last week looks like a tragic failure to learn the lessons of history.

I’m afraid that too little federal spending will strangle our economy as it did in the early ‘30s. Back then, the country was in dire straits after the stock market crashed and banks collapsed. One-quarter of the workforce was unemployed, manufacturing fell by half and banks foreclosed on nearly a fifth of the country’s homes and farms.

Fighting Back Against Unpatriotic Attempt to Undermine Our Safety, Security, Economy

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News on July 13, 2011

For most Americans, the recession has not ended. Wages are falling and millions of people can’t find jobs, even after they’ve looked for months.

The grim June jobs report released last week showed things aren’t getting better anytime soon. The unemployment rate actually went up, with 14.1 million Americans officially out of work.

An Unequal America Is A Weaker America

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News on June 15, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the corporate tax breaks recently signed into law. I don’t agree with them. But I don’t challenge the right of Michigan businesses to form an association to protect their interests.

Trading Our Jobs

By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News on May 11, 2011

Congress will soon be voting on whether to send good American jobs with good American benefits to countries with cheap labor and no benefits.

As soon as this month, so-called “free-trade agreements” with South Korea, Panama and Colombia will be sent to Capitol Hill. What politicians are calling “free trade” is actually freedom for CEOs to trade our jobs for more big salaries and bonuses.

Stop the War on Workers

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

The spark that has fired protests in hundreds of communities across our great country was actually struck more than a year ago.

It wasn’t in Wisconsin on Feb. 11, when Gov. Scott Walker filed a bill to strip government workers of their collective bargaining rights, setting off weeks of massive protests in Madison.

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