iOS app Android app

Teamsters

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

Port Driver Efforts Show the Long, Hard Fight for Justice

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Over the last 18 months, port truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dramatically escalated their decades-long struggle against trucking companies.

After 25 Years, Federal Oversight Of Teamsters Comes To An End

AP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge in New York has approved an agreement between the Teamsters union and the Department of Justice that ends the government's 2...

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

Here's The Letter Calling On Mark Zuckerberg To Help 'Servant'-Like Bus Drivers

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business

Facebook's bus drivers are treated like "servants" who shuttle the company's "noblemen" employees to and from work every day, according to a letter se...

Dave Jamieson

California Enacts Landmark Law For Temp Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

The state of California just took a big step toward curbing the abuse of temporary workers. On Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill in...

Dave Jamieson

American Airlines, US Airways Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of service agents at American Airlines unionized with their new colleagues at US Airways on Tuesday, making the most of last y...

Trade Deals Set Their Sights on Public Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For much of this decade, Tea Party-backed lawmakers have been at war with public sector employees across the country. They've tried, and in a few cases succeeded, in taking away public servants' ability to collectively bargain. But now the battle is going abroad.

The Teamsters of New York Are Speaking Out About Climate Change

George Miranda | Posted 11.11.2014 | New York
George Miranda

It's the Teamsters' job to carry the heavy loads. So I'm proud to stand up, march, and carry this message of environmental justice and economic prosperity through action on climate change.

'My Horse For A Kingdom:' Mayor de Blasio and the Tyranny of Denial

Sandi Bachom | Posted 11.04.2014 | New York
Sandi Bachom

After 10 months of filming New York's Greatest Living Icons, the gentle carriage horses, those who love them... and those who hate them, I can say, without equivocation, there is no abuse, no cruelty of any kind, only love...and lots of carrots.

Dave Jamieson

Union Busters At Major U.S. Companies Caught On Tape

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business

One day last fall, employees of Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company, were subjected to what union organizers like to call a capti...

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

Footwear Giant Skechers Can Run, but It Can't Hide From Abusive Labor Practices

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

A report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) exposes the huge gap between Skechers' carefully crafted image as a hip retailer and the reality of a company for whom truck drivers and warehouse workers labor under harsh, stressful, and exploitative conditions.

It's Time to Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Fueled by the growth of "perma-temp" workers who toil for years at the same job for low wages, few if any benefits and with no protections, thousands of employees are increasingly being left behind while their companies reap the benefits of their hard work.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Senator Under Fire Over Truck Safety After Tracy Morgan Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

Two days after a tractor-trailer crashed into Tracy Morgan's limousine, killing a passenger, road safety advocates hammered Sen. Susan Collins (R-Main...

Food Industry Giant's Walmart-Style Labor Practices Leave Bad Taste in Mouth

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

When you hear about poverty wages and extreme anti-union tactics practiced by the largest company of its kind in the world, it's natural to think of Walmart. But California-based Taylor Farms is giving the retail giant a run for its money.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pro-Keystone Group: Scott Brown Lied To Our Face

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown can't win for losing. After helping torpedo Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) energy efficiency legislation, he is now being hi...

'It's Not A Question Of Economics Anymore. It's A Question Of Morality.'

Capital and Main | Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. It’s 5:45 a.m. on Wednes...

Cerberus Loots Bankrupt Airline's Health Care Account

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

We don't know how much was in that account. We do know it barely amounted to pocket change for Cerberus, which stands to profit handsomely from the wind-down of World Airways and the sale of assets from a sister airline.