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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.

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.

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