7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

News and Issues
User Info

Biden lauds Hoffa, Teamsters for policy leadership

(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters press release, June 22, 2021)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Joe Biden hailed the work of the Teamsters and the leadership of outgoing General President Jim Hoffa in a greeting he gave during the opening day of the union’s 30th International Convention.

In prerecorded comments from the White House, Biden thanked Hoffa and the Teamsters for their support, and said he and his administration plan to keep working with the union to implement policies like the American Jobs Plan and the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to help hardworking Americans.

“Jim, what can I say? You’ve been a strong leader and a steadfast friend. Thank you for everything,” Biden said. “Since the beginning, you all have been with me. And I’m with you.”

He noted that the enactment of the American Rescue Plan in March – which included language to implement badly needed reforms to the nation’s multiemployer pension system – happened in part because of the work of the Teamsters. And he is hopeful that will continue with other legislation.

“We were able to include a provision for your brother Butch Lewis that guarantees the pensions you worked for will be there for decades to come,” Biden said. “And now we are working with you on the blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America, to create millions of good-paying union jobs that can’t be outsourced.”

Getting those policies through Congress is going to take work, Biden conceded. “But I know if you have a tough job ahead of you, it’s always a good idea to call the Teamsters.”

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Like us on Facebook at

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2021 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts


CP appeals to KCS shareholders to reject CN deal
What we know about Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure framework and transit funding
Infrastructure bill could be good news for Gateway Tunnel project
FRA issues final rule on revised PTC reporting
AAR reports rail traffic for week ending July 24, 2021
Frito-Lay workers back on the job with one guaranteed day off a week
NTSB opens public docket for 2020 UP derailment in Tempe, Arizona
Schumer calls for NS to address idling trains in Hornell
Rail authority seeks support to bring passenger rail service to southern North Dakota
Updated: Q&A regarding unemployment and sickness benefits for railroad employees
Unemployment and Sickness Benefit flexibilities under the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (RUIA) during the COVID-19 virus outbreak
Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters

More Headlines