James Hoffa Jr. is head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union.
Acting against the interests and perhaps the wishes of the majority of his union’s private-sector members, Hoffa has come out in support of voting “no” on Ohio’s Issue 2, and has actively campaigned towards that end:
Jim Hoffa, the head of the national Teamsters union and son of the infamous Jimmy Hoffa, made a stop in Toledo Wednesday night and he had powerful words for Gov. John Kasich.
Hoffa rallied Toledo-area union members Wednesday afternoon to vote no on Issue 2 on Nov. 8.
His visit to Toledo was his fourth trip to Ohio related to Ohio Issue 2 / Senate Bill 5.
… “My friends here in Ohio told me what Gov. Kasich said when he took over,” Hoffa said. “I understand that he said, ‘Get on the bus, or I’m going to run you over!’ Well, Gov. Kasich, we got a big truck out there and now we’re going to run you over!”
… “Collective bargaining is basically instrumental. It’s almost part of the First Amendment of the Constitution. You should have that right, all employees of Ohio should have that. They have for years and years and years until John Kasich comes in and tries to take it away.”
That was four visits as of mid-October.
The violent rhetoric of the second-last excerpted paragraph and the obvious misrepresentation seen in the final one — Issue 2′s passage will NOT “take away” collective bargaining — have been Hoffa’s stock in trade of late. He employed both two months ago in a Labor Day speech in Detroit on behalf of the reelection efforts of President Barack Obama:
Hoffa: We’ve got to keep an eye on the battle that we face, a war on workers. And you see it everywhere. It is the Tea Party. And y’know there’s only one way to beat and win that war.
The one thing about working people is, we like a good fight. And you know what? They got a war, they got a war with us, and there’s only gonna be one winner, it’s going to be the workers of uh Michigan and America! We’re gonna win that war!
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President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. And President Obama, we want one thing: Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs! That’s what we’re going to tell him.
He’s going to be, and, when he sees what we’re doing here, he will be inspired, but he needs help. And you know what, everybody here’s gotta vote. If we go back, keep the eye on the prize, let’s take these son of a bitches out and give America back to America where we belong. Thank you very much!
On October 5, Hoffa and his union officially endorsed the Occupy Wall Street Movement:
The following is the official statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued today about the Occupy Wall Street protest:
“No one should be surprised that Occupy Wall Street is gaining support and spreading quickly around the country. The American Dream has disappeared for students, whose reality is debt and unemployment. The dream disappeared for workers forced to take wage cuts by employers sitting on billions of dollars in profits. The dream disappeared for working families who paid too steep a price for Wall Street’s greed, stupidity and fraud.
The Teamsters have thus endorsed a movement I described in my PJ Media column today as all too often “nothing more than potty-mouthed, violent hooligans with an incoherent cause,” steeped in violence, incivility, hostility, and crime. As of this afternoon, John Nolte at BigJournalism.com has chronicled what is surely only a partial list of 119 incidents.
When the Occupy movement is semi-coherent, it among other things calls for a general strike in the city where even the left-wing Mother Jones noted that Occupiers and not the police were the ones who brought on violence, brags of its solidarity with their “Comrades from Cairo” (which isn’t exactly working out so well for “democracy” or tolerance), and tries to stop all “fracking,” which if allowed has the potential to end most of this country’s dependence on foreign energy sources and in the process would likely create the “jobs” Mr. Hoffa shouted for eight times above for some of his and other private-sector unions’ members.
Those are really special people with whom you have associated yourself and your union, Jimbo.
But, in combination with Obama For America’s endorsement of the “No” position on Issue 2 and the President’s endorsement of the Occupy movement (“We are on their side“), Hoffa has shown Ohioans one important thing:
‘No’ On Ohio Issue 2 = Obama’s Agenda = Occupy Wall Street
It isn’t just conservatives who recoil from this. Sensible Ohioans — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — need to react accordingly at the voting booth in the coming days, and vote “Yes” on Issue 2.