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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.

Divide and Conquer

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

The 19th century robber baron Jay Gould once said, “I can hire half the working class to shoot the other half.”

Gould’s vision of class warfare is being played out today in the shameful attacks on public employees. These attacks are secretly financed and planned by modern-day Jay Goulds who aim to keep their own taxes low. Vastly powerful corporations and billionaires want to cripple all unions and turn America into a low-wage banana republic.  

On the Wrong Road Again

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

Unemployment is still high in Michigan and will remain so for some time. The economic recession blew a hole in the state budget, and government workers’ wages are likely to be cut. Given this bleak picture, it makes no sense to let Mexico’s trucking companies take American truck drivers’ jobs and depress American workers’ wages.

Coming to the Rescue

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News On December 8, 2010

In recent weeks, we’ve learned the right way and the wrong way to bail out struggling industries.

The Four-Letter Word We Want To Hear From Congress: J-O-B-S

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News On November 10, 2010
Members of the 112th Congress have their work cut out for them if they don't want to meet the same fate as many members of the 111th Congress. They've got to do something to create jobs.

The official unemployment rate is 9.6 percent, but the underemployment rate is higher at 17.1 percent, according to the Labor Department.

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