Hoffa: 'Our Fight Has Just Begun'

Mar 10, 2011, 13:42 ET from International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Statement on Passage of Wisconsin Anti-Worker Bill

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by James P. Hoffa, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, on the passage of the Wisconsin bill:

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"March 9, 2011 will go down in history as a tragic day for democracy and for the American Worker.

"Last night's actions prove what we've said all along. Scott Walker couldn't win an honest debate through the legislative process or in the court of public opinion. He lied to carry out the extremist agenda of the CEO billionaires he carries water for and the Senate Republican leadership used illegal and undemocratic methods to do it. From now on, 'Wisconsin Republican' will be a term synonymous with 'political criminal.'

"They may have won this battle using unethical means, but we will win the war. There are far more teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers and truck drivers in Wisconsin than there are CEOs and billionaires. When recall day comes, Scott Walker and the rest of these traitors to the middle class will be thrown out of office.

"Walker lit a fire in Madison that has spread across the country, not just with union members but with everyone who depends on someone else to sign their paycheck. Our fight has just begun."

Hoffa and Teamsters throughout the country have been active in fighting back against the coordinated war on workers. For more information, visit: www.teamster.org or www.stopthewaronworkers.org, visit TeamsterPower on Twitter and join the official Teamsters group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamsters.

Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters