Guest Columns

Perfect partners: Scrooge, Wal-Mart and Congress

By Steve Vairma

President, Teamsters Joint Council 3

How do people survive, let alone buy Christmas gifts for their kids, while working for the minimum wage, which is less than $8 an hour int the Teamster Joint Council states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming?

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Don’t expect anything from the pols

By Steve Vairma

President, Colorado Council of Teamsters

The track record of the Democratic members of the Colorado congressional delegation—including the two U.S. senators—on labor issues is, at best, only fair. The Republican record is worse.

And those records probably won’t get any better for a long while.
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I support Andrew Romanoff

By President Bill Clinton

I first met Andrew Romanoff in 1992, when he was a student at the Kennedy School of Government and I was a candidate for President. Four years later, I was running for a second term, and he had just been elected to his first — as one of Colorado’s representatives on the Democratic National Committee.

I was proud to carry Colorado in 1992, but you should be even prouder of what Andrew Romanoff did to turn the state blue. He worked harder than anyone in Colorado to put Democrats in positions of power — and to use that power to benefit every single citizen.
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Good advice, but many deaf ears

By Steve Vairma
President, Colorado Council of Teamsters

A high-powered management law firm–which has offices in 16 states, including Arizona and Colorado—recently published an interesting article on its website that says employers sometimes can’t blame their employees for joining a union.

No kidding.
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Corporate America holding all the aces

By Steve Vairma
President, Colorado Council of Teamsters

A lot of working men and women nowadays are wondering how and why the nation’s financial manipulators—including Wall Street bankers, stockbrokers, insurance companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others–seem to have an inside track to our U.S. senators and representatives.
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Rush keeps on lying

By Mike Hall
AFL-CIO

It was Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) in his previous incarnation as an author and comedian who called Rush Limbaugh “A big fat liar.” Well, others can address the first part, but Limbaugh himself has again offered solid evidence about the liar part.
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