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  • Union Gangsters: Jimmy Hoffa Jr.

    11/03/2011 5:34:10 AM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Nov 2nd, 2011 | Matthew Vadum
    Don’t miss FrontPage’s other Union Gangsters profiles featuring Craig Becker, Richard Trumka, Stephen Lerner, Andy Stern and Daniel De Leon. Few union gangsters have the exquisitely barbaric pedigree of International Brotherhood of Teamsters president James P. Hoffa. And few labor unions can match the Teamsters, the million-plus member union of truckers and blue-collar workers, for its legendary connections to organized crime, corruption, and violence. For decades the word Teamster was essentially a synonym for gangster. Hoffa is the son of James R. Hoffa, the relentlessly corrupt, larger-than-life Teamsters president who worked closely with figures from the crime underworld. In July...
  • Jimmy Hoffa junior: everything that is wrong with the Labor Movement

    09/19/2011 7:52:12 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    Calling Americans “Sons of Bitches” and threatening to “take us out” is entirely in line with the low rent character of Jimmy Hoffa junior. Having been raised at the knee of a criminal who specialized in extortion theft and betrayal of those who depended on him, Hoffa is a rotten apple who did not fall far from the poison tree. Since his rise to power on the backs of other, equally as corrupt but less cunning and soulless, Teamster Union thugs Hoffa has always wallowed in whatever mud ….. in order to line his pockets. During his successful effort to...
  • Teamsters endorses Obama over 'vulture capitalist' Romney

    05/07/2012 12:17:02 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/7/12 | BYRON TAU
    The International Brotherhood of Teamsters endorsed President Obama Monday, calling his likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney a "vulture capitalist" whose election would amount to a "fox guarding the henhouse." "He represents everything that is wrong with our financial system. He made his money as CEO of Bain Capital by destroying U.S. businesses, sending good-paying American jobs overseas and filling his pockets with millions while putting workers out on the street," Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa said in a release. The organization's endorsement comes with a promise to put "boots on the ground" in all fifty states. "Working families know who is...
  • Organizing the Chicago Way: Challenger Says Hoffa and Feds Use Intimidation to Control Union

    10/10/2011 4:23:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | October 10, 2011 | John Ransom
    Fred Gegare, who is challenging Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa in elections this month to head up the transport union, says that Hoffa and the US government are colluding to control the union by the use of intimidation. If true, the allegations could mean that 50 years of work trying to rid unions of mob influence has come to an end.  Hoffa and the Justice Department, says Gegare, have abused a decades-old consent decree, “which was once used to remove mobsters two decades ago, [but] is now being used to target [Hoffa’s] critics” through a “rogue investigative unit set up by...
  • Hoffa: Teamsters Stand in Solidarity With Occupy Wall Street Movement {Oct 2011}

    05/01/2012 4:17:15 PM PDT · by drpix · 9 replies ^ | 10/05/2011 | Jimmy Hoffa Jr.
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is the official statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued today about the Occupy Wall Street protest: "No one should be surprised that Occupy Wall Street is gaining support and spreading quickly around the country. The American Dream has disappeared for students, whose reality is debt and unemployment. The dream disappeared for workers forced to take wage cuts by employers sitting on billions of dollars in profits. The dream disappeared for working families who paid too steep a price for Wall Street's greed, stupidity and fraud. "It's clear what this...
  • Hoffa at Obama rally: We need to take these tea party sons of bitches out

    09/05/2011 1:47:09 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 97 replies
    Hot Air ^ | SEPTEMBER 05, 2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Breitbart TV, this is Labor Day the way it should be — with a guy named Hoffa threatening his political enemies while a union-stooge Democratic leader sits by and smiles. Honestly, I can’t decide how seriously to take him. On the one hand, this sort of salty tough-guy “we don’t take sh*t from no one” garbage is par for the course for labor leaders when addressing the rank and file, and all the more so when it’s the head of the Teamsters speaking. Sure, he makes $300,000 a year on the backs of his working-class constituents, but he knows...
  • Hoffa: ‘They Declared War on Us’

    09/06/2011 9:21:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 6, 2011 | Ann Compton
    Teamsters President James Hoffa makes no apology for taking on the Tea Party during a union labor celebration, claiming, “They declared war on us.” In Detroit, before President Obama arrived for a Labor Day speech, Hoffa rallied the crowd, “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party.” “President Obama, this is your army,” Hoffa concluded to applause, his voice raising to a shout. “We are ready to march. Let’s take these sons of bitches out and give America back to an America...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • AFL-CIO motto: Kick me again! [Ann Coulter]

    02/25/2004 4:25:00 PM PST · by perfect stranger · 10 replies · 82+ views ^ | February 25,2004 | Ann Coulter
    Posted: February 25, 2004 7:25 p.m. Eastern © 2004 Universal Press Syndicate In the past decade, the AFL-CIO has lobbied Congress on three major issues of any importance to union members: Oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement; Oppose permanent normal trade relations with China; Support drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The unions lost every vote. Demonstrating his savvy political skills, the head of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, repeatedly throws the federation's support to political candidates who opposed labor on all three issues. So if you ever find yourself negotiating with Sweeney, make sure your opening...
  • Kerry Will Filibuster a Government Program to Create Manufacturing Jobs in US

    03/10/2004 6:11:14 AM PST · by alex · 9 replies · 173+ views
    An influential Democratic senator Monday vowed to filibuster a proposal that would allow oil exploration in an Alaska wildlife refuge because the Bush administration's justification for the controversial move was "muddled at best and cynical at worst."
  • Plans for massive oil pipeline opposed by environmentalists

    08/18/2011 2:30:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/1/8/11 | Dana Hull
    A controversial proposal to build a massive underground pipeline to carry 700,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, to refineries in Texas has become the environmental issue of the summer, pitting developers and labor unions desperate for construction jobs against environmentalists and Native American tribes who fear the pipeline will spell environmental disaster. TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Keystone XL project would consist of more than 1,700 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipe, about 327 miles of which would be in Canada while the rest would snake southward through the central United States. Because the pipeline would...
  • Crude Reality (Tree-hugger admits ANWR drilling necessary - LONG article)

    02/18/2004 12:34:19 PM PST · by mhking · 9 replies · 294+ views
    Outside Magazine ^ | February 2004 | David Masiel
    Crude RealityAs the brutal battle over proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge grinds on, a former oil worker returns to the North Slope in search of the truth about the pro-exploration argument. His conclusion? (Brace yourself.) The unthinkable is the right thing to do. By David Masiel AT TWO A.M. ON A FALL NIGHT IN 1985, I STOOD on the wide gravel beach at Barter Island, Alaska, facing the Arctic Ocean. Behind me, across Barter Lagoon, hung the dim lights of the Inupiat village of Kaktovik. Overhead, the aurora borealis was going off the scale, pulsing and waving...
  • Poll Finds Support for ANWR Development

    02/01/2005 9:31:33 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies · 544+ views
    ANWR.ORG ^ | January 31, 2005 | Arctic Power
    Poll Finds Support for ANWR Development Survey finds majority of Americans believe energy exploration, development and production in ANWR can reduce dependence on foreign oil. Washington DC – Opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for the purpose of exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas was supported by 53% of the American electorate in a survey conducted by The Luntz Research Companies. The level of support jumps to a remarkable 67% of Americans, after hearing the pros and cons of ANWR development. Most Americans believe new domestic energy sources must be found in order to meet growing...
  • GOP, Teamsters Plug Away for ANWR

    03/15/2002 5:21:22 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 14 replies · 506+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 3/15/02 | Jason Pierce
    Having settled one blockbuster item in the energy bill - fuel efficiency standards -- members of the U.S. Senate now turn to the question of whether to allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Thursday the importance of ANWR drilling is not just about reducing American dependence on foreign oil. It is about the safety of Americans, he said. Murkowski pointed out that Iraq is "a country we are basically at war with," yet Saddam Hussein's regime continues to export billions of...
  • Statement by Jerry Hood, Former Special Assistant on Energy, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

    10/07/2004 1:11:07 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 862+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | October 7, 2004
    WASHINGTON, DC – Jerry Hood, former Special Assistant on Energy, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, today issued the following statement: “John Kerry and John Edwards have forgotten their records of supporting job-killing extreme environmental regulations, but the union workers whose jobs he put on the line won’t be as forgiving. Kerry’s 2002 proposal to raise CAFE standards would have destroyed as many as 100,000 jobs and was opposed by both the UAW and the AFL-CIO for facilitating outsourcing. Their Senatorial and Presidential policies are endangering the welfare of the American Worker, and the impact of those policies would be felt nowhere...
  • Angering Environmentalists, AFL-CIO Pushes Fossil-Fuel Investment

    02/07/2014 9:00:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    In These Times ^ | February 4, 2014 | Cole Stangler
    The nation’s leading environmental groups are digging their heels in the sand by rejecting President Obama’s “all-of-the above” domestic energy strategy—which calls for pursuing renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but simultaneously expanding oil and gas production. But it appears the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, won’t be taking environmentalists’ side in this fight, despite moves toward labor-environmentalist cooperation in recent years. On a recent conference call with reporters, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed two initiatives reviled by green groups: the Keystone XL pipeline and new natural gas export terminals. “There’s no environmental reason that [the pipeline] can’t...
  • ANWR Development Gains Momentum; LA Times Poll Shows Americans Favor ANWR Development

    02/07/2002 8:12:55 AM PST · by Trailer Trash · 7 replies · 1+ views ^ | Wednesday February 6, 4:50 pm Eastern Time
    ANWR Development Gains Momentum; Poll Shows Americans Favor ANWR Development WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Arctic Power announced today that a recent poll shows 48% of Americans favor opening part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to energy exploration. Arctic Power, the Alaskan-based non-profit organization that supports legislation to open the coastal plain of ANWR to oil and gas development, says that the findings clearly indicate the necessity for immediate passage of a National Energy Plan. Although environmental issues have traditionally garnered support along party lines, the issue of ANWR development is more widely supported among Americans. ``This poll ...
  • ANWR drilling no solution to gasoline costs, Kerry says

    03/31/2004 2:47:50 PM PST · by cardinal4 · 81 replies · 355+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 31 Mar 04 | By LIZ RUSKIN
    <p>WASHINGTON -- While blaming President Bush for the high price of gasoline, his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it is no solution.</p> <p>"We deserve an administration that doesn't fake it to the American people and pretend that somehow by drilling in the Alaska wildlife refuge we can deal with the problems of America," Kerry, D-Mass., told university students in San Diego. "We can't provide the supply of oil America needs from the Alaska wildlife refuge or from any other source in the United States, because we only have 3 percent of the world's oil reserves."</p>
  • Kerry Hailed as Ally of Wider World on Environment

    02/20/2004 9:10:00 AM PST · by presidio9 · 42 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 18
    Environmentalists fete John Kerry as a possible savior in a stalled battle against global warming if the Democratic front-runner topples President Bush in the November election. "Kerry has probably been the greatest champion of climate change issues with (Joe) Lieberman in the U.S. Senate," said Jennifer Morgan, director of the WWF environmental group's climate change program. European governments, among the strongest backers of the U.N.'s stalled 1997 Kyoto protocol meant to limit global warming, would welcome a shift toward Kerry's environmental policies after years of transatlantic feuds with Bush. "Clearly we would like the new administration, whether Republican or Democrat,...
  • Teamsters Hail Bipartisan Senate Vote Supporting ANWR Oil and Gas Development

    03/17/2005 7:46:55 AM PST · by Pikamax · 16 replies · 576+ views
    Teamsters Hail Bipartisan Senate Vote Supporting ANWR Oil and Gas Development Wednesday March 16, 2:31 pm ET WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is an official statement of Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa: For the past four years the Teamsters Union has been a part of a growing grassroots and lobbying effort to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. Working with a coalition of labor unions, native Alaskan groups and energy independence advocates, we have succeeded in winning multiple votes in the House of Representatives in favor of opening ANWR. ADVERTISEMENT Over the...
  • Hoffa's Comments on Kerry Leave Some Perplexed (We're going to drill like never before-Kerry)

    02/25/2004 3:20:22 PM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 147+ views ^ | 2/25/04 | Robert B. Bluey
    ( - Teamsters union chief Jimmy Hoffa has confused both environmentalists and free-market advocates after saying that Democratic front-runner John Kerry, if elected president, would "drill like never before" across the United States. Hoffa made the comments during a Feb. 17 segment on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Matthews had asked Hoffa why the union chose to endorse the Massachusetts senator even though Kerry opposed drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). "Well, we talked about that," Hoffa responded. "He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we're...
  • HOFFA on Hardball: KERRY Now Supporting drilling in ANWR and everywhere in the US

    02/17/2004 5:36:46 PM PST · by TheEaglehasLanded · 72 replies · 309+ views
    vanity | February 17, 2004 | the eagle has landed
    Everyone on the panel was laughing their ass off, Chris asks what is he going to put in the pipeline; Water. Hoffa said no he said he will drill for oil, Kerry will put me on his trade panel and will drill for oil everywhere in the U.S. If anyone can get video on this it would be helpful
  • Health and Human Services quietly giving unions Obamacare fix

    11/06/2013 4:02:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/6/2013 | SUSAN CRABTREE
    The Obama administration has found a way to give unions relief from an Obamacare tax nearly three weeks after Republicans rejected a Democratic push to include the labor carve-out in the latest budget deal.The Department of Health and Human Services quietly released a final rule last week that includes an intention to exempt some union insurance plans from a substantial new tax known as the reinsurance fee.As part of Obamacare, the tax was supposed to be levied against all insurance plans to share the risk for insurers taking on the sickest patients next year.But unions, which were among the strongest...
  • Jim Hoffa sends warning to Dems: Don't take labor unions for granted

    04/20/2003 8:01:20 AM PDT · by msuMD · 22 replies · 264+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | 04/20/03 | By Nolan Finley
    <p>Democrats are so confident that Big Labor is in their pocket they often forget what it is unions need most -- jobs.</p> <p>Sometimes even labor leaders forget that, as they blindly sign on to a job-killing agenda of high taxes, big spending and excessive regulation.</p>
  • “That black stuff is hurting us.” Sen. John Kerry on oil

    03/30/2004 6:24:11 PM PST · by GailA · 14 replies · 3,093+ views
    House Resource Committee ^ | not given | unknown
    “That black stuff is hurting us.” ---Sen. John Kerry on oil (Greenwire) Washington, DC – U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is quoted in today’s edition of Greenwire as saying, “that black stuff is hurting us,” with regard to oil. Members of the House Committee on Resources found the Senator’s comment absurd. “John Kerry is dead wrong,” Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) said. “Oil doesn’t hurt Americans; John Kerry’s anti-energy policies hurt Americans. In fact, this is exactly the kind of rhetoric and bad policy that has led to the outsourcing of good American energy jobs. Last year alone, the United...
  • White House Can't Win ANWR Debate, Says Environmentalist

    03/02/2002 5:49:50 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 31 replies · 282+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 2/27/02 | Matt Pyeatt
    As the U.S. Senate prepared Wednesday to debate the nation's energy needs, environmental groups blasted the Republican plan to drill for oil in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge and said the White House lacked enough votes to win Senate passage of the measure. The ANWR drilling provision appeared headed for passage in the Senate Energy Committee earlier this month until Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) yanked the entire bill from the committee and moved it directly to the Senate floor. At the time, Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Energy panel, said he had "never seen ...
  • The Kerry Line: Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling in Florida

    04/23/2004 2:07:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 319+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | April 23, 2004
      "I am committed to preserving Florida's natural beauty … There is no ambiguity in my position on drilling off the coast of Florida." - President Bush, 4/23/04 Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling In Florida Kerry Says He Favors Drilling Off The Coast Of Florida. "But Kerry said he would be in favor of drilling off the coast of Florida. 'I support oil drilling in the right places,' Kerry said. 'There is a capacity to protect what we have today - the protections for the coast of Florida - and still be able to drill in those locations where they're already...
  • Sarah Palin to Union Members: Don’t Be Taken In By Union Boss Thuggery Like Jimmy Hoffa Represents

    09/06/2011 10:33:44 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 19 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/6/11 | Jim Hoft
    Sarah Palin with her husband Todd spoke to a tea party crowd Monday in New Hampshire. From her Facebook page: In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely...
  • OUT OF ENERGY -- Kerry's Energy Plan Independent Of Reality

    10/11/2004 6:25:43 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 20 replies · 827+ views
    Republican National Committee ^ | October 11, 2004 | RNC Research
    Monday, October 11, 2004 Out Of Energy   OUT OF ENERGYKerry's Energy PlanIndependent Of Reality______________________________________________________KERRY'S OWN ADVISERS SCOFF AT KERRY'S IDEAS ON ENERGY INDEPENDENCEKerry Energy Advisers Believe Kerry's Energy Plan Is "Unrealistic And Misleading."  "The idea of a United States independent of Middle East oil is a touchstone of Senator John Kerry's campaign and a huge crowd pleaser, but has divided and exasperated many of his most experienced energy advisers.  Some advisers say they worry that Mr. Kerry's focus on freeing the United States from reliance on oil from the Persian Gulf, the linchpin of the energy plan he released...
  • ANWR drilling no solution to gasoline costs, Kerry says

    03/31/2004 11:41:20 AM PST · by KQQL · 113 replies · 2,513+ views ^ | March 31, 2004 | LIZ RUSKIN
    <p>WASHINGTON -- While blaming President Bush for the high price of gasoline, his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, saying it is no solution.</p> <p>"We deserve an administration that doesn't fake it to the American people and pretend that somehow by drilling in the Alaska wildlife refuge we can deal with the problems of America," Kerry, D-Mass., told university students in San Diego. "We can't provide the supply of oil America needs from the Alaska wildlife refuge or from any other source in the United States, because we only have 3 percent of the world's oil reserves."</p>
  • Hoffa Offers 500,000 Truckers as 'Eyes and Ears'

    06/21/2002 12:24:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 116+ views
    ABCNEWS ^ | June 21 | Reuters By Steve Holland
    Teamsters President James Hoffa said on Friday he would ask the 500,000 truck operators covered by his union to take part in a grass-roots homeland security effort looking for suspicious activity on the roads. Talking to reporters on the White House driveway, Hoffa said he had pitched the idea to President Bush's director of homeland security, Tom Ridge. His comments came shortly before an FBI warning that terrorists may use fuel tanker trucks for attacks in the United States -- possibly on fuel depots, Jewish schools or synagogues -- or on U.S. interests overseas. Hoffa was among a group of...
  • Ed Schultz Asks Hoffa 'Do You Think The Republicans Are Sons of B---hes?'

    09/07/2011 5:37:35 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 25 replies ^ | September 07, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    Not surprisingly, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz was practically orgasmic with joy Tuesday over Teamsters president James Hoffa’s Labor Day declaration of war against the Tea Party. After telling his “Ed Show” audience that Obama’s poll numbers have been declining because he hasn’t spoken to the American people like the union boss, Schultz actually asked Hoffa, “Do you think the Republicans are sons of b---hes?” (video follows) The program began with an exultant Schultz saying, “It is priceless audio. I love this story. It’s about time somebody stood up and said it just like this.” After an introduction, Schultz played Hoffa’s comments,...
  • Kerry stated he will drill ANWR! "we‘re going to be drilling all over the United States."

    02/20/2004 7:44:21 AM PST · by SirFishalot · 15 replies · 316+ views
    MSNBC ^ | James Hoffa on HardBall
    MATTHEWS: How about ANWR? You guys want to see ANWR because you want to see guys working in your business. I guess there‘s a lot of Teamsters jobs up there lined up and organized, if you could put a pipeline up to the Alaska wilderness. He is against that. HOFFA: Well, we talked about that. He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we‘re going to drill like never before. (CROSSTALK) MATTHEWS: What, are they going to run water through it? (CROSSTALK) HOFFA: ... more jobs than the ANWR would have...
  • Hardball Transcript Hoffa Claims Kerry supports ANWR

    02/18/2004 11:23:51 AM PST · by finnman69 · 8 replies · 286+ views
    MATTHEWS: How about ANWR? You guys want to see ANWR because you want to see guys working in your business. I guess there‘s a lot of Teamsters jobs up there lined up and organized, if you could put a pipeline up to the Alaska wilderness. He is against that. HOFFA: Well, we talked about that. He says, look, I am against ANWR, but I am going to put that pipeline in and we‘re going to drill like never before. (CROSSTALK) MATTHEWS: What, are they going to run water through it? (CROSSTALK) HOFFA: ... more jobs than the ANWR would have...
  • Bush, Hoffa Relationship Grows Cozy

    01/30/2002 2:36:29 PM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 17 replies · 51+ views
    AP | 1/30/02 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Teamsters President James P. Hoffa's growing relationship with President Bush has gotten downright cozy. Hoffa scored a VIP seat in the first lady's box for Bush's State of the Union speech, blurring the lines of the traditional rivalry between Republicans and organized labor. Hoffa said Wednesday that it was a great honor to be asked. "We have a growing relationship and we're very proud of that," Hoffa said in an interview. Hoffa and Bush have been courting each other for some time and with varying motives. Their staffs talk to each other weekly. The Teamsters even employ ...

    03/28/2002 9:10:29 AM PST · by flim-flam · 13 replies · 755+ views
    The New Republic Online ^ | 03.21.02 | John B. Judis
    It's not hard to figure out why the Bush administration and the Republican congressional leadership are wooing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. They want the union to lobby for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling. And they really want support and endorsements in states like Michigan and Ohio, where the union's members may hold the balance of power in key House and Senate races—and even in the 2004 presidential election. Less well understood is why Teamster President James P. Hoffa—who endorsed Al Gore and agrees with the Democrats on most issues—is courting the Republicans right back....
  • Letters: Hoffa's call to polls, not to arms

    09/13/2011 3:59:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    New York Newsday ^ | September 13, 2011 | Various
    Editor's note: Monday's letters about a Labor Day vow by Teamsters general president James Hoffa to "take . . . out" his political opponents continue to generate a lot of interest from Newsday readers. Hoffa stood by his comments during a radio interview on Friday with KIRO-FM in Seattle. Here's an excerpt:"I'm talking about the tea party Republicans who are trying to take away everything that labor has fought for, who frustrate the president when we try and put America back to work, who are out there trying to pass right-to-work, and who are trying to take away collective bargaining...
  • Barnicle, Brown Defend Hoffa: Suddenly Concerned About 'Sanitizing' Speech

    09/07/2011 5:12:07 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is there no double-standard depths to which the liberal media won't sink when it comes to provocative political speech? No—judging by the pitiful performance of two MSMers on today's Morning Joe in defending James "take them out" Hoffa. Newsweek editor Tina Brown brayed that we must not "sanitize" political speech or take the "juice" out of it--all the while condemning Michele Bachmann and Glen Beck for some of their remarks. And the preposterous Mike Barnicle somehow defended Hoffa on the basis of the "context" of his remarks. Say what? Hoffa was introducing the President of the United States! View video...
  • Herman Cain: Hoffa, Dems using vitriolic rhetoric because they have ‘no plan’

    09/06/2011 3:35:27 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/5/11 | Matthew Boyle
    Presidential candidate Herman Cain struck back Monday against abrasive comments made by Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. attacking the tea party and congressional Republicans at a Labor Day event in which President Obama later delivered a speech. Appearing on Fox News Channel, Cain said the reason Hoffa and others resort to vitriolic rhetoric to bash conservatives is because “they have no plan, they have no ideas.” “The one reason the president and his administration don’t have an idea that’s going to work is they keep forgetting the business sector is the engine that drives growth,” Cain said. “He [Obama]...
  • Don’t fear the Hoffa

    09/06/2011 3:25:11 AM PDT · by opentalk · 40 replies
    Daily mail, WV ^ | September 5, 2011 | Don Surber
    Jimmy Hoffa got his job as Teamster president the old-fashioned way: He inherited from his father who had the misfortune of being offed by mobsters. On Labor Day, the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters decided for irony’s sake to rally in Detroit, a town ruined by the UAW, and the SEIU loaned them President Obama to serve as their main speaker. Hoffa huffed and puffed and actually threatened violence against members of the Tea Party. But while conservatives should be concerned, this is not the pants-wetter it might have been 30 years ago. This is what Jimmy Hoffa said: “We got...
  • Hoffa Threatens GOP At Obama Event: "Take These Son Of Bitches Out"

    09/05/2011 12:54:37 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 37 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | Real Clear Politics Video
    Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.
  • Hoffa: “No Regrets” Over Speech Calling For Violence Against Conservatives, This Is a “War”…

    09/05/2011 6:51:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 299 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 9/5/11 | Zip
    Thug. (TPM) — Teamsters union president James Hoffa would say it all again if he could, he told TPM Monday. Hoffa riled up Fox News and the right wing Monday with a Labor Day speech in Detroit in which he called Republican members of Congress “sons of bitches” and said union workers are ready to “go to war” with the tea party next year and “take out” Republicans at the ballot box. Hoffa said he’d say the exact same words all over again. “I would because I believe it,” he said. “They’ve declared war on us. We didn’t declare war...
  • White House Declines Comment On Union Leader’s Anti-Tea Party Rhetoric At Labor Day Rally

    09/05/2011 4:08:50 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 223 replies
    ABC NEWS ^ | Sep 5, 2011 6:59pm | Mary Bruce
    Despite President Obama’s repeated claims to change the tone in Washington, the White House has no comment this afternoon on incendiary statements made by a union leader who spoke before the president at today’s Labor Day rally. Warming up the crowd before President Obama’s speech in Detroit this afternoon, Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. warned the largely-union crowd that the Tea Party was waging a “war on workers” and said that, come November, they should “take these sons of bitches out.” “We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see...
  • Union chief calls Apple 'unpatriotic' for not hiring more workers

    09/04/2011 9:37:04 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/04/11 | Meghashyam Mali
    President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters James P. Hoffa criticized the patriotism of American corporations who are sitting on assets and holding back from employing more American workers.Hoffa called American businesses "unpatriotic" for opening factories and stores overseas instead of helping boost employment at home on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday. He singled out Apple Inc., saying “every time they do something, they do it in China, they do it somewhere else.” “We owe an obligation to America, let’s put America back to work,” he said. Hoffa suggested that too much attention has been paid to what the...
  • Teamster President Denies Secret Ballot is Basic Tenet of Democracy

    03/18/2009 6:49:59 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 5 replies · 367+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 3/18/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    James P. Hoffa tried his hand at some spin against opponents of the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) last week, denying that a secret ballot is a basic tenet of democracy. "Since when is the secret ballot a basic tenet of democracy," Hoffa is quoted as saying in a Teamsters press release. How does he justify this idiotic claim? Because, you see, the Soviet Union had a secret ballot "but those weren't democratic," Hoffa reminds us. A facile comparison, for sure. So, Hoffa thinks that eliminating a worker's right to a safe and fair election is perfectly in...
  • CST: Unions derailing Dems' gravy train - Dems May Lose Big Labor Cash [or not]

    07/28/2005 5:59:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 779+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 28, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    The bolt in Chicago from the AFL-CIO by the Teamsters and Service Employees International Union reflects a long-building reaction to John Sweeney's plans a decade ago when he muscled his way into the labor federation presidency. He wanted to restore union power through politics. His project was a total failure, and the AFL-CIO is in ruins 50 years after its creation. The scenario of the breakup was accurately laid out to me by Teamsters sources nearly a year ago. Sweeney would be offered a deal he could not accept. To keep the two big unions in the federation, Sweeney would...
  • NYP: LABOR'S NEW LEASE ON LIFE -- SEIU's Andy Stern may surprise

    07/27/2005 5:42:59 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 408+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 27, 2005 | BRYAN O'KEEFE
    ...Most conservatives and libertarians have been giddy about the prospect of an AFL-CIO breakup, hoping that the schism would diminish labor's power and influence. Many liberals are worried about the same thing. That might indeed happen, but a more likely outcome is that a new labor federation rivaling the AFL-CIO and led by Andy Stern will actually reinvigorate labor and move it into the 21st century. Stern is a savvy leader who has a sophisticated grasp of the new economy and understands that, in order to survive, labor must be more than just an appendage of the Democratic Party. He...
  • El Salvadoran Police Arrest Mother-in-Law of Slain U.S. Teamster Along With Five Other Suspects

    12/04/2004 6:40:53 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 4, 2004 | Marcos Aleman
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - Salvadoran police have arrested the mother-in-law of a U.S. Teamster gunned down in El Salvador last month, along with five other suspects, describing the slaying as a contract killing that was the result of a family dispute. Jose Gilberto Soto, 49, a U.S. citizen of Salvadoran origin from Cliffside Park, N.J., was shot in the back on Nov. 5 outside his family's house in Usulutan, 70 miles southeast of San Salvador. Soto had arrived in El Salvador on Oct. 30 to meet with the country's trade union leaders and port drivers. Rosa Elba Ortiz,...
  • Caption this: James Hoffa PR gathering to improve image of the teamsters

    10/03/2002 10:44:41 AM PDT · by weegee · 16 replies · 283+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3 Oct 2002 | (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, left, Edwin Stier, a former federal prosecutor, next to Hoffa, and others, arrive for a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002 to discuss a report, "The Teamsters: Perception and Reality." The image of the Teamsters union has become a caricature of mob influence, corruption, violence and intimidation. Some of that was earned, although that perception is no longer true, says the new union-commissioned report released Thursday.The study was led by Stier and his law firm which is paid by the Teamsters for its assistance in developing, implementing and...