Hoffa: 'A Shameful Day for Congress'

Oct 12, 2011, 21:21 ET from International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Official Statement of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is an official statement today from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa on the House and Senate votes to approve trade deals with South Korea, Panama and Colombia:

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"It is a shameful day when the U.S. Congress votes against its own people. Our representatives just voted to damage our economy, raise unemployment and lower workers' wages. These trade deals protect the profit of multinationals at the expense of American working families.

"It is especially disgraceful that Congress voted against creating jobs and in favor of destroying them. And it is outrageous that Congress approved a trade deal with Colombia, whose government won't prosecute the killers of union members.

"This is one of the reasons people are marching in the streets of dozens of American cities. Their government is betraying them, and they're furious.

"The Teamsters will hold members of Congress accountable at the ballot box for their votes on these damaging trade deals."

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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters