A message from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa

A November victory!

Working families have new reason to believe in the ability of their government to better their lives, as Teamster-endorsed candidates across the country prevailed at the ballot box. I congratulate the victors and thank the thousands of Teamster members who invested countless hours over many months to help elect a pro-working families Congress.

Now is the time for action on issues such as universal health care, retirement security, the Employee Free Choice Act, fair trade agreements and rail security. This new Congress must reverse action on the Bush administration's misplaced priorities.

This election marks an opportunity to move our domestic agenda in a markedly different direction. It is an opportunity to cease the global race to the bottom resulting from the endless series of job-killing trade pacts passed by Congress. It is an opportunity to give all working Americans access to affordable, quality healthcare. It is an opportunity to raise the minimum wage. It is an opportunity to promote the rights of workers who want to join a union.

Over the years, I have had many conversations with Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid about how Democratic control of Congress could directly benefit the lives of working Americans. I commend them for their leadership throughout this campaign and congratulate their success in electing Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate.

But the truly difficult task still lies ahead. I look forward to working with Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Reid to move our pro-worker, pro-union agenda through Congress. In particular, I commit that the Teamsters are willing to work overtime to help enact key provisions of Rep. Pelosi's "First Hundred Hours" plan, including a raise in the minimum wage and changing in the Medicare prescription drug program that will lower the cost of medications.

The votes of working families made a difference at the ballot box. We must now make sure this new Congress makes a real difference in their lives.

James P. Hoffa
General President



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