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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.

The 'Little Guy' Is Losing In American Politics

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on October 13, 2010

If you understand politics as a battle between liberal and conservative, then you don't understand politics at all. The central political battle today is between the corporate billionaires on one side and the little guy on the other. The fight is about whether the government should protect corporate power to enrich a few billionaires, or restrict corporate power to protect the liberty and property of the average American.

Put American Jobs First

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on September 8, 2010

The official unemployment rate in Detroit was 28.9 percent in July, the highest since Michigan started keeping modern numbers. This is a frightening sign of a city in deep trouble.

Thirty million Americans who want a full-time job can’t find one. This is a catastrophe of the magnitude of a war, a flood or a hurricane. Countless lives are being ruined, families shattered, communities impoverished.

Labor Day: The Union Family

The first national Labor Day was celebrated six days after workers were killed in the Pullman strike of 1894. This Labor Day, we must remember those who were senselessly killed at Hartford Distributors in Connecticut.

On the morning of Aug. 3, 2010, eight innocent people were gunned down in the warehouse of a beer distributorship. Seven of those killed were Teamsters, members of Local 1035 in South Windsor, Conn., and almost all of them were nearing retirement after a lifetime of hard work.

A Government for the People, Not for Fred Smith

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on August 11, 2010

In the U.S. free enterprise system, corporations are not supposed to use the government as a weapon to punish their competitors. They certainly aren’t supposed to manipulate federal law so they’re treated differently than every other company in America.

And yet that is exactly what FedEx CEO Fred Smith has been getting away with for 14 years.

When Did 'Pension' Become a Dirty Word?

By Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa
Published By The Detroit News on June 16, 2010

The United States is the greatest country in the world, but unfortunately it isn’t perfect. Our economic system is falling far short of what it’s supposed to be doing: creating a decent job for everyone who wants one.

To generate more jobs, we need an end to bad trade deals, better regulation of the financial industry and fairer rules for unions to organize workers. We also need to fix our pension system.

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