A Union Leader’s Thoughts On Labor Day

Today Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. revved up a crowd for President Obama as a Labor Day rally in Detroit, Michigan.  He said the “tea party” had declared a “war on workers” and added:  “President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let’s take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong.”

I don’t mind the vulgarity and martial imagery — anybody warming up a crowd at a union event on Labor Day can get carried away, I suppose — but I’m not sure what “war on workers” Hoffa is referring to.  Presumably he is talking about the efforts to limit collective bargaining rights for public employees in states like Wisconsin and Ohio.  For the most part, however, the agenda of the “tea party” — if such an entity can even be said to exist — seems to be a pro-worker agenda.  The “tea party” element wants to restrain the growth of government, keep taxes low, avoid unnecessary regulations that restrict economic growth, and let private enterprise develop and create jobs.  What is so “anti-worker” about that?

Many union leaders, like Hoffa, apparently equate a “pro-worker” agenda with a “pro-union” agenda.  Anybody who pushes a “pro-union” agenda necessarily supports government spending, government growth, and government regulation, because public employees have been one of the few growth areas for unions in recent decades.  If you follow a pro-worker agenda, on the other hand, you want to see jobs created, whatever those jobs may be.  How many more people — Teamsters included — would be employed on this Labor Day, for example, if our government hadn’t imposed a moratorium on certain oil drilling and imposed restrictions on our ability to exploit our reserves of oil and natural gas?

2 thoughts on “A Union Leader’s Thoughts On Labor Day

  1. Can you please stop using the myth that fewer taxes means more jobs? It’s just not even true, and has been proven. Thanks

    Proof – Bush’s Presidency and the 2008 crash and the resulting economic issues that still plague us today. Bush was all about ‘fewer taxes more jobs.’

    I know ‘fewer taxes more jobs’ sounds great and capitalistic and opportunistic and makes America more ‘free.’ But it doesnt work, it is far too idealistic.–>Bush.

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  2. Hi Russell, I read “keep taxes low, avoid unnecessary regulations”. Having worked in healthcare and been privy to union negotiations, and being pro-WORKER all of my life, I feel justified in believing that union greed is, in part, responsible for the mass exodus of jobs from this country. As a micro business owner, I can attest to the fact that government regulation is, in many instances, a way to generate fee income for government and is meaningless in the practical world. All of us bear some responsibility for what occurred during the Bush era. We should have been in the streets then but we weren’t, we were at the mall.

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