This webpage provides information on the Teamsters Union’s legislative advocacy at both the federal and state level as well as our field activity to support those policy positions and to get strong labor candidates elected to office. Among other resources, you will find our federal legislative scorecard, formal statements of policy position and communications to Capitol Hill, a weekly update on federal legislative happenings, an overview of bills we are tracking at the state level, and quick links to take action on priority issues.
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Three port-related workers from across the country came to Capitol Hill yesterday to share their stories on how companies are taking advantage of their labor by misclassifying them as contract workers and how changes need to be made to federal law to stop the practice.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about a proposed federal pilot program that would allow drivers as young as 18 to transport goods via trucks in interstate commerce.
“The decision by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to propose a pilot program that would lower the commercial driver’s license restriction from 21 to 18 is of grave concern to those who use the roadways as their workplace every day.
(WASHINGTON) – Jim Hoffa, General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and François Laporte, President of Teamsters Canada, made the following statements today on the lifting of the U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs:
Hoffa was quick to offer his support for the announced solution: “When this overdue announcement was made, I personally thanked Ambassador Lighthizer and congratulated him for the successful resolution of this irritant in our traditionally excellent bilateral trade relations.
Dale Hanner, who worked as a truck mechanic for 36 years, tells lawmakers they are going to devastate the lives of thousands if they don't act soon to reform the system.
Leaders in the nation's capital are again talking about improving transportation. It's time to get a deal done!
By Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa
Published in the Detroit News, May 8, 2019
The Teamsters are long-time advocates of improved job-skills training. So it should come as no surprise that this union wholeheartedly endorses Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to provide debt-free tuition to both high school graduates as well as older adults interested in beefing up their abilities.
(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa about legislation introduced today in the House by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and in the Senate by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that would comprehensively update the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to benefit workers.
“The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will restore fairness to the economy at a time when income inequality has stifled the ability of far too many hardworking Americans to earn a decent wage that allows them to support their families.
(OMAHA, Neb.) – Teamsters Local 554 joined their allies who represent public sector workers in the state of Nebraska yesterday by celebrating the passage of Legislative Resolution (LR) 487.