Teamsters Committed To Stopping Anti-Union Legislation

Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa pledged full support in the fight against right-to-work (for less) legislation in Indiana, where working families are battling corporate-backed interests to weaken unions. Republican legislators there have made it a priority to pass the anti-union legislation, under the guise that it will create jobs and boost the economy.

“Those supporting this legislation want you to think it’s about jobs. That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” Hoffa said during a Teamsters teletown conference Thursday night. “This is about nothing more than destroying unions so big business can have its way with you, your family, your children and your communities. We will not let corporate fat cats get their way.”

The fight against the legislation began Tuesday. Brian Buhle, Central Region Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 135 in Indianapolis, is coordinating the fight on the ground where Teamsters, volunteers and concerned citizens are working tirelessly to make their voices heard.

“We are not going down without a fight,” Buhle said. “Since Tuesday, hundreds of Teamsters have joined ranks with other working families to demonstrate at the Statehouse. We’ve set up phone banks and have volunteers working day and night to stop this.”

Democratic senators from the state have refused to enter the Statehouse, denying the state’s Republicans a platform to conduct business. The move has successfully stalled the legislation, but political leaders say the next few days will be crucial.

“If corporations had their way, this legislation would be passed already,” said Indiana House Minority Leader Pat Bauer, who addressed Teamsters on the call. “The legislators who refused to conduct business are fighting for the middle-class families of Indiana, but they can’t do it alone. They need your help and your support. It’s up to you to get involved and get active in this fight. Our future depends on it.”

Free transportation to and from the Statehouse has been arranged by Local 135 for those who want to volunteer their time and join demonstrations. Both Hoffa and Buhle encourage Teamsters everywhere to join the fight.

“Fighting right to work legislation is about standing up for our middle-class values. It’s about supporting out communities, providing educational opportunities for our children and fighting for safety in our work places,” Buhle said.

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