A message from IBT General President James P. Hoffa

Election Day: November 2, 2004

Fron row, from left: IBT General President James P. Hoffa; Democratic Presidential Nominee John Kerry; and IBT General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel.


Election Day

November 2 may be the most important election day in the last 20 years for America. What we have now is a president who is intent on helping his corporate friends instead of honoring the hardworking men and women who make this country the most productive in the world. The Bush White House has systematically tried to reduce overtime pay for workers, allowed healthcare costs to be out of control and given tax cuts to only the richest people.

Most recently the White House has set its sites on our rail members. Under the guise of new filing fees, some members of the National Mediation Board - appointed by George Bush - are working to silence the voice of rail workers from speaking up about their job or exercise their collective bargaining rights. The NMB is proposing filing fees for arbitrating such labor-management disputes, something it has never done in 70 years. This is one more reason to give George Bush his pink slip on November 2.

Vote for John Kerry

John Kerry is the working family's candidate. A vote for John Kerry on November 2 will be a vote to bring back the respect for America's working families that has been trampled on for the past four years. He and his running mate John Edwards have proven that they understand middle-class values.

Kerry and Edwards promise to work with labor unions to improve workplace safety protections, overhaul the healthcare system so that more Americans have coverage and restore transportation infrastructure funding to higher levels. With the rail corporations constantly looking for ways to streamline their operations at the expense of their employees, we need Kerry as our advocate for a safe, reliable and union-operated rail system. No data chip, remote control device or other robot will ever replace the eyes and ears of a unionized rail employee and we must elect a president who understands that.

Join me on November 2 and vote for John Kerry!


James P. Hoffa

General President



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