WASHINGTON, June 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa challenged House representatives to vote down a severely flawed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill in a letter delivered this morning.
Hoffa questioned the lack of funding and protection for public service workers in the TAA bill.
"The proposed TAA bill is significantly underfunded," Hoffa said in the letter. "The exclusion of public-sector workers in this version is also troubling. The Teamsters Union represents 260,000 public employees. This version of TAA does nothing to protect them and little to protect the American worker."
In the letter, Hoffa pointed to H.R. 1088, an alternate TAA bill introduced by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) that includes protections for public sector employees and comprehensive funding.
"H.R. 1088 is an example of the type of TAA we need enacted into law," Hoffa said. "The TAA proposal now before you is insufficient and should be voted down. I once again urge you to oppose it."
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters