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Hoffa Joins UAW’s King at Good Jobs Now Rally

Thousands march on banking district calling for financial reform to limit reckless Wall Street practices that kill middle class jobs.

by on Jun.18, 2010

King, left, and Hoffa, right, marched together in Detroit. More cooperation coming?

Teamsters union General President Jim Hoffa joined newly elected United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King yesterday in a march down to Detroit’s banking district to “tell big banks and corporations that the assault on the middle class must end now.”

Representatives from the AFL-CIO, NAACP and Interfaith Worker Justice joined them.

The “Good Jobs Now!” march and rally brought advocates from workers’ rights and social justice groups together to call for a reinvestment in the middle class and a commitment to creating good jobs.

“It’s time to stop the war on the American worker,” Hoffa said. “It’s time to put America back to work. It’s time for us to say – enough is enough.”


The march came just after King took over the leadership of the beleaguered United Auto Workers union. Because of the bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors, as well as the cutbacks at Ford Motor Company and their unionized suppliers, the UAW is facing union membership levels at lows not seen since the epic organizing fights that started of the 1930s and continued through the 1950s.  (more…)

Teamsters Use Ku Klux Klan Act to Protest at NAIAS

More than 300 demonstrate at Detroit Show’s Public Opening.

by on Jan.16, 2010

“Frankly, the conduct displayed by Toyota and the city here is just the kind of stuff that happened during the civil rights fight in the South during the 1960s.”

More than 300 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters demonstrated in Detroit today and marched in a mock funeral procession to the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center.

It was part of an ongoing series of protests against Fiat for using the bankruptcy process to move 5,000 Chrysler carhauling jobs to non-union carriers.

The union also handed out leaflets at the auto show’s charity preview last night protesting Chrysler’s demands for concessions on wages and benefits.

The latest demonstration follows a ruling yesterday by a Federal Court saying that Teamsters had the constitutional right to distribute leaflets inside the lobby of the Cobo Center during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The judge directed the city’s police department to stop interfering with the union.

The ruling resulted because of a Teamsters Union complaint for injunctive relief in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The lawsuit alleges that the Toyota Motor Corp. conspired and acted in concert with governmental defendants to deprive the Teamsters Union its constitutional rights.

Ironically, the legal action in a largely black city with a Black mayor and police chief was brought under the federal Ku Klux Klan Act, which was enacted in after the Civil War to address efforts by private parties, including the lynch mob Klan, to conspire with government officials to deprive citizens of their rights.

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“Frankly, the conduct displayed by Toyota and the city here is just the kind of stuff that happened during the civil rights fight in the South during the 1960s,” said Teamsters General Counsel Brad Raymond.