RUSH: The president of the Teamsters, James P. Hoffa — the only son of Jimmy Hoffa, who was also a president of the Teamsters and is now dead — is disappointed. Jimmy Jr. says the Democrat presidential candidates haven’t discussed “kitchen table issues” that are important to unions.
Sure, at the last Democrat debate there was plenty of talk about health care and trade. Both are important. But there wasn’t a word from the Democrats about pension plans and “retirement security.” That’s a huge oversight, says Jimmy Jr., who’s still alive.
This is a warning. The Teamsters have a million and a half members. Union dues from Teamsters and other big unions provide the manpower and the money to get Democrats elected. Every cycle.
Now, union boss Jimmy Hoffa Jr. wants to get what his union is paying for. He wants to know what Democrats are going to do to hold up their end of the bargain in this unholy alliance.
Jimmy Hoffa Jr. wants Democrat candidates to spell out how they plan to use the federal government to shore up union pension funds. And how they’re going to make sure that his union members get their retirement money — even if unions are too broke to pay for what they promised.
These Democrat hopefuls, they can ignore Boss Hoffa, if they want to. But if they do, they’re going to pay for it. Rest assured. The next stadium construction site. You watch.