Hoffa: There will be ‘civil war’ over Michigan law

James Hoffa with Teamsters in Michigan

James Hoffa with fellow Teamsters in Lansing, Michigan: “Civil war”

Teamsters President James Phillip Hoffa proved himself to be as big a punk as his father, the late James Riddle Hoffa, at Tuesday’s demonstration-turned-riot in Lansing, Mich., over that state’s passage of a right-to-work law.

President Obama set the stage and gave the nod to labor thugs like Hoffa with his “class warfare” speech the day before. His appearance at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant was meant to garner support for his “tax the rich,” take-it-or-leave-it “fiscal cliff” proposal.

He felt compelled to use his time to also comment on the upcoming Michigan legislative right-to-work vote, which would allow workers the choice of whether or not to join a labor union and pay dues as a condition of employment.

“What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions,” Obama told the union employees. “These so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics; they have everything to do with politics.

“What they are really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money,” he continued. “We don’t want a race to the bottom. We want a race to the top.

“America’s not gonna compete based on low-skill, low-wage, no workers’ rights — that’s not our competitive advantage. … It’s also what allows our workers to then by the products that we make, ’cause they’ve got enough money in their pockets.”

Democratic state Rep. Douglas Geiss continued this theme on the floor of the Michigan House on Tuesday, when he announced, “We’re going to pass something that will undo 100 years of labor relations, and there will be blood. There will be repercussions!”

The blood and repercussions weren’t long in coming. Fights broke out and property destroyed, particularly around the information tent erected by Americans For Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group headquartered in Arlington, Va.

After the Michigan House voted to become the 24th right-to-work state, Hoffa was contacted by CNN’s “Newsroom.”

“This is just the first round of a battle that’s going to divide this state. We’re going to have a civil war,” Hoffa told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “What they’re doing is basically betraying democracy.”

Vladimir Lenin had it right when he once said, “Trade unions are a school for communism,” and Jimmy Hoffa the younger is living proof.

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  • KB Cook

    You used my punchline from Dear Ol' Comrade Lenin – but if this thuggery doesn't prove the point, the what does, pray tell? The good news is this: only 26 more states to turn & we'll be a right-to-work nation, again!

    • Sandra Freeman

      Thank Goodness for that!!~ I pray that will happen!!

  • bessie morro

    hoffa is a great one to talk about unions…his father was head of the mafia or organized crime. unions were needed in the 60's and 70' s but not anymore. and NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TRY AND FORCE PEOPLE TO JOIN ONE just so the democrats can line their pockets with union money and the union leaders can line their pockets. my dad was in a union and even held the title of Union Steward before he passed away and when a pallet fell on him and crushed his leg and he had to have surgery. he pulled through thought he had to be resusitated on the operating table. he passed in 1995. I DIDN'T SEE ANY UNION LEADERS THERE FOR HIM. when the union said STRIKE we scraped by for weeks with no pay. the majority of the people now live from paycheck to paycheck and if they are in a union and they tell them to STRIKE they have no means to provide for their family for weeks at a time.

  • Phil Hagen

    None of those bums look like they've missed any meals.

  • Ken

    So, now that Michigan is a right to work state, how long before those teachers that didn't report to work get fired?

  • Big Dem

    Do NOT underestimate the willingness to use violence by the orginized crime mob commonly referred to as trade unions. While most union members are hard-working, decent folks, many, and practically all officials, are thugs who delight in using the same tactics employed by the Mafia in their "protection" schemes. Union members I know who think I am a friend who will "understand" laugh about abusing sick leave as vacation, scamming customers for under the table pay, stealing from the job, guaranteed pay no matter how poor you perform, etc. Many of these union folks are members of public employees unions–cops, fire fighters, and government employees. You pay the bill for all this and they feel entitled to it all. They will never give up their gravy train and the decent members simply turn a blind eye when the union '"headknockers" are called in.